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The Huntly Bypass Ride

Saturday 15 February

Hi Everyone
Here are a few thoughts about the ride on 15 February. If history is anything to go by, there will be thousands of cyclists, walkers, scooterists etc etc etc wanting to take part in this experience.

It will be a day to get out and take your time to explore the road.  Maybe take a few (or many) photos.  It will be the only time you will ever have to do this.  Once it is open you will barrel along there, just like on any other motorway, and not really take in your surroundings.

However, I am sure people will want to do their own thing.    From experience, a large group will soon get broken up, and it may be better to not have this as a fully organised ride.  I certainly will not be spending a lot of time trying to keep everyone together.

Here is a not particularly well defined map from NZTA, showing the access to the motorway at the southern end of the new road.  As you can see, there is car parking some distance north of the access point.  You will also note that access will not be available until after 10:00 a.m.  Prior to that the road is going to be being used by runners.

My understanding is that cyclists, etc etc, will be using the southbound lanes, and buses and service vehicles will be using the northbound lanes.  The road will be open for about 15km, so we get a 30km ride.

So, we have a couple of options.

Option 1.   Just go and do your own thing.

Option 2.   Meet at 9:15 at “The Odd Spoon” café at the south end of Huntly’s Main Street  (turn right in to Main St at the north end of town) and we can all have a coffee together.   It may be the only opportunity we get.  We can then leave Huntly more or less together around 10 and join what will probably be a long southbound queue seeking access to the new road.  We will, no doubt get separated, but may arrive almost as a group and be able to park as such.

Beyond that, what happens will be pretty much up in the air.  It will all depend on just how many people are there on the day.

The important thing will be, just be there and enjoy the day.


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Regular Club Events

Well, you have come to the right place if you want to enjoy some social bicycle riding and the coffee and tea drinking that goes with it.

The East Auckland Seniors Cycling Club rides on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Join us at 8.50 am for a 9.00 am start on Wednesday, from the Scout Hall car park, Pigeon Mountain Road, Half Moon Bay. These rides are usually around 20 km. We may ride the Rotary Path alongside the Tamaki River up to Panmure and then could go around the Panmure Basin or along to Point England. Another ride would be along the Cascades Walkway to Burswood and/or Meadowlands. Our final regular option takes us on a Half Moon Bay Tiki Tour, along Bucklands Beach to Musick Point and then back via Eastern Beach.

Our Saturday rides are usually a little longer. Sometimes we start from Pigeon Mountain car park, but may well start somewhere else. Starting places are shown on our rides list. Often we will take the 8.30 am ferry from Half Moon Bay to the city and start our ride from there. Saturday rides could be as short as 25 km and occasionally as long as 50 km.

All our Wednesday and Saturday rides include a coffee stop, of course!

Sometimes we head out of town for the weekend to places such as Napier/Hastings, the Pureora Timber Trail or the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.

We ride at a leisurely pace, probably averaging 15 – 20 km/h. On a ride, you should be self-sufficient. Your bike needs to be well maintained. You should carry a puncture repair kit and two spare tubes. You will be wearing a crash helmet and have something to drink to stay hydrated. We encourage you to be a considerate and careful rider.

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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