Mountain bikers stuck in one gear for fun race

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Participant and one of the longest serving organisers of the Southland Single Speed Championships, Craig Holland, of Invercargill, at the event in 2017. Photo: Supplied

WITH the end of the year fast-approaching, the Southland Mountain Bike Club is gearing up for its final and most non-conventional race of the season.

The highly-anticipated Southland Single Speed Championships will kick-off on Friday December 13, 7.30pm, at the Sandy Point Bike Tracks, near Invercargill.

With the help of Ride Cycles Invercargill, Southland Mountain Bike Club and Emerson’s Brewery, from Dunedin, the event would celebrate its 10th year next week.

Ride Cycles Invercargill owner and event co-organiser Pete McKenzie said participants could either enter their single-speed bikes, or have their mountain bikes adjusted to stay in one gear for the race.

“The single-speed bike is just a good, fun bike that makes you feel like you’re 10 years old again.

“It’s the most non-serious mountain bike race out there.”

The purpose of the event was to send-off the cycle community after an eventful year and “have a bit of fun”.

With a short and long course, riders taking part in the short course were required to stop off at the Emerson’s beer tent, he said.

Ginger beer would also be available as a non-alcoholic option.

Last year about 45 riders competed from throughout Southland, Dunedin and Queenstown, he said.

Transport would be available for riders due to alcohol being involved in the event.

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