Nelson cyclist Chris Sharland stole the show at the Nelson Mountainbike Club’s 6 hour winter breakout team event.
Event organiser Wayne Pool says more than 500 people had registered to take part in the event, but due to the two-week postponement due to weather that number dropped to 430, which was still well up on last year.
Wayne says all the competitors combined would ride more than 17,000km, enough to travel from Nelson to Athens.
Many teams took the chance to dress up with Pacman, Where’s Wally and various super heroes all making an appearance, which adds to the event says Wayne, who completed three of his laps in a tiger suit.
“You have guys like Chris Sharland who go out there and blitz it from the start and then you have mums, dads and kids who are out there doing it for their own goals.”