Riders will raise funds for Tangiteroria School and enjoy the open trail on a 35-kilometre loop this Labour Weekend

Off-road fun rides again

by Andy Bryenton

There are events on the seasonal calendar, which tell us all that the holidays are on their way; the start of daylight savings, the imminent Labour Weekend, and the arrival of Halloween decorations and early-bird Santas in the shops. For off-road riders, the most keenly anticipated of these is the Tangiteroria Trail Ride.

This yearly event has grown from being a fundraiser for the local school to the biggest ride of its kind in the north, spanning a scenic 35-kilometre loop, which barely touches civilisation, but instead showcases both the area’s natural beauty and some gnarly off-road lines. This year, as last, locals and visitors alike will descend on a course that relies on the generosity and community spirit of those farmers and landowners who are lucky enough to live in this part of the Tangihua ranges. On Sunday, October 27 riders young and old, on two wheels and four will head out to enjoy the scenery and the roar of the engines.

Adding to the fun are a snort loop for the kids and a paddock for the very young, plenty of food and drink to keep up those energy levels, and a special event, the Alan Jessup Memorial Race, commemorating the life of a sadly missed member of the local community who made big contributions to the success of the trail ride. Riders more than 16 years of age can sign up to take part in this race with a ‘Le Mans’ style running start, and compete for the well respected Memorial Trophy across three age groups.

As usual, organisers ask that bikes, quads and kit should be clean and washed down for bio-safety purposes. It’s an early start, with registration at 7.30am, and first riders hitting the trail at 9am.

Bring the family, and don’t forget to give your bike a little TLC beforehand if it’s been sitting idle through winter!