Easy riders set to cycle again

The “Big Easy” cycling event is on again this April, with the organisers predicting big numbers taking part.

Described as “an antidote to the serious Lycra-laden cycling events held” the take-your-time and “enjoy the trails” Hawke’s Bay ride drew about 1000 people in 2013. Last year that number rose to about 1500.

The Big Easy is a 45km ride where cyclists are encouraged to take as long as they like and it is designed to profile the Hawke’s Bay trails.

It was launched by Hawke’s Bay Tourism, the Napier City Council, the Hastings District Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Sport Hawke’s Bay.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism general manager Annie Dundas said registrations were now open.

“As the Hawke’s Bay trails are flat, off-road and easy to ride, it is a great, fun, safe day out on your bike,” she said.

The ride is due to begin at the Havelock North Village Green at 10am and will meander across the region’s trails to finish at Church Road Winery in Taradale, where a concert featuring popular Wellington covers band Uncle Monkey and The Hitchcock Railway Band – a Joe Cocker tribute band – will be staged.

Registered riders will have access to “Big Easy Deals” along the way, so they can enjoy the many attractions and hospitality stops.

Ms Dundas said this year a new family-friendly start had been added from Farndon Park in Clive to encourage parents with younger children to take part.

Registrations are now open at www.thebigeasy.co.nz

Adult entry is $30 and children $10. Entrants receive a Big Easy T-shirt, entry to the concert, and access to the special deals and discounts on the Big Easy route.

– Hawkes Bay Today