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Pedal for a cause

Owen from Koops Cycles donates a cycle as a prize in the Great K Valley Cycle Adventure. Photo: John Borren.

Can you read a map, solve a puzzle, look for clues and ride a bike?

It’s time to solve all the puzzles in this year’s Great K Valley Cycle Adventure.

The action-packed scavenger hunt by cycle is one of Tauranga’s most anticipated adventures with hundreds of enthusiastic cyclists taking over the Kopurererua Valley Reserve on Sunday.

Clues and points are hidden from one end of K Valley to the other, and teams are required to find them, follow their map and solve an overall puzzle on either the 10km or 25km course. There will be spot prizes and the opportunity to win a bike from Koops Cycles.

Tauranga Sunrise Rotary president Rhonda Wisbey says people will be home in time to watch the rugby because the Cycle Adventure takes place from 9.30am to 2.30pm on Sunday.

“We want electric bikes and all those bikes that came out during lockdown to join in.

“Come into the valley and we’ll give you a map with some clues on it. Go find the clues, solve the puzzle, and bring it back.”

Kicking off from the bottom of 17th Ave, teams of cyclists have one of two course options.

The short course is a family-friendly 10km ‘Short Course’ which will suit all ages. Up to two and a half hours is the time allowed to complete this course which is sited between 17th Ave and the Gate Pa side of the golf course.

The longer, exciting 25km ‘Adventure Course’ is suited to secondary students, adults and super-fit family groups and the time allowed is three hours.

The fun day, organised by Tauranga Sunrise Rotary, raises funds to support youth charities across the Western Bay of Plenty.

“The objective is to encourage people to explore the valley. You’ll go to places in the valley that you didn’t know existed,” says Rhonda.

The Great K Valley Cycle Adventure is on Sunday, October 18, from 9.30am – 2.30pm at the bottom of 17th Ave, Tauranga.

To register your team for this family-friendly scavenger hunt by bike, isit: www.eventspronto.co.nz/kvalleycycleadventure

Any queries email Rhonda Wisbey on: events@rotarytaurangaam.club

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