Up to 1000 cyclists will be passing through Paeroa over the next few weeks on their way from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
Tour Aotearoa Brevet rolls into Paeroa
Tour Aotearoa Brevet is a 3000km bi-annual bikepacking event where everything the cyclist needs is carried on their bike. This year the route rolls through Paeroa and takes in part of the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Hauraki District Council Mayor Toby Adams encourages everyone to give the riders a warm Hauraki welcome.
“As the cyclists roll into town, we’ll be rolling out the red carpet. We’ve got some great cafes and businesses in the district to cater for their every need. As a cyclist who clocks up the road miles myself, I know it’s hungry and thirsty work! I would love to be going along for the ride too.”
Bucket list dream come true for staff member
One local who does have a ticket to ride, is Council construction and maintenance manager, Mike Voykovich.
"This form of cycling event is a bucket list dream come true for me”, he said.
“It’s a unique opportunity to slow down and view the country’s scenery at a cyclist's pace. What a way to experience New Zealand and my own backyard. The Hauraki Rail Trail and the district’s hospitality will be a highlight for cyclists I’m sure”.
Follow progress on line
Waves of 100 cyclists a day started leaving Cape Reinga on 17 February with the last to leave on 8 March. Mike started pedalling from the tip of the North Island on Thursday 5 March and is hoping to be at the bottom of the South Island within 30 days.
Supporters can follow the cyclists on their adventure as they progress down the country at https://touraotearoa2020.maprogress.com/