Some of the organisers and those taking part in the Konica Minolta Nelson Cycle Festival next month. Photo: Phillip Rollo.

Nelson ready for cycle-fest


Nelson’s claim to becoming the cycling capital of New Zealand will gain a further boost when the Konica Minolta Nelson Cycle Festival rides into town.

The third edition of the Nelson Cycle Festival will be held throughout the entire region from October 6 to 28 and will again encompass a variety of cycling events catering for all ages and abilities.

The Konica Minolta Nelson Cycle Festival emerged from an idea initiated by event founder Mike Watson to promote both cycling and Nelson-Tasman in 2008. The event has experienced two successful years and has had well over 1500 cyclists participating in over 20 events in all riding disciplines right across the two districts.

This year’s event has been boosted by the Nelson-Tasman Cycle Trails Trusts push at making the region the heart of cycling in New Zealand.

Event spokesperson Chris Butler describes the event as “cycling for all”. “It is to promote Nelson-Tasman as a fantastic region for cycling and what we want to do is not only showcase the elite riders and all types of cycling genres but also promote the fact it is for everyone and for families,” he says. “There are plenty of fun family rides, it’s active and it’s healthy as well. Get into the garage, brush the cobwebs off the bike and get it out. Even if it’s just riding to see some of the events, but we are encouraging everyone to participate.”

The Nelson Cycle Festival will give cyclists a chance to ride the first stages of the Great Taste Cycle Trail, which will loop through the entire Tasman region when completed. Chris sees the trail as an important piece to the festival. “The Nelson-Tasman region cycling is one of the fastest growing activities and the environment we have is perfect for cycling. With all of the infrastructure being put in place it is a real plus for people from outside the region to encompass.”

The first events on the Nelson Cycle Festival calendar are the Coppermine Recreational Heli Bike Mountain Bike Ride and round six of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycle Series in the Moutere. Other key events include the Nelson City Cathedral Criterium, the Crombie Lockwood Wheelie Fun Day at Saxton Field, the Urban Cross Country Event at Nelson College, multiple Tasman Wheelers events and the premiere of cycle film Premium Rush.

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