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Bikers aim for nine peaks in one grunty day

Sep 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

asher MAIN2There’s a new race in town…
By Kate Melzer.
Wellington mountain biker Asher Regan has a plan involving plenty of pain and sweat.
He has organised a new race called The Peaks for experienced mountain bikers, covering nine of Wellington’s highest points in as fast a time as possible.
“I just thought it would be a good excuse for a long ride,” Asher says.
Growing up in Dunedin Asher, 33, has had cadence and hill climbing in his lungs for a long time.
He now lives in central Wellington with partner Joe, young son and five bikes.
“I would also like to have a BMX but there is only so much room in the house,” he says.
His new race, on October 3, begins and ends at Revolution Bicycles.
Riders have six hours to collect as many points as possible, in any order with a point given for each peak defeated.
The endurance test involves the peaks of Tinakori Hill, Mt Kaukau, Johnstons Hill, Makara Peak, Wrights Hill, Hawkins Hill, Mt Victoria, Mt Crawford and Mt Albert.
Simon Kennett, who organised a similar event in 1993, is up for the casual competition day.
“I see it as a nice physical and mental challenge, with a social side to it as well,” he says.
He is using The Peaks as a training ride for Le Petit Brevet, a 300-kilometre mountain bike race in Canterbury in November.
Because Asher has taken the “least amount of organisation for the most amount of fun” approach, there will be no prizes, no entry fee – and no marshals.
A photo from a phone or digital camera is required to prove the rider made the peak.
With no checks on riders, responsibility and common sense is being asked for.
“It would be a shame if people go racing through Sunday morning walkers and piss folk off,” Asher says.
Asher hopes to keep the race small: “A couple of dozen people would be good.” He would like to see women take part.
With an expected 3000 metres to be climbed there has been talk of beers along the way.
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CHALLENGE-SETTER: Asher Regan wanted an excuse for a long ride.

WELLINGTON mountain biker Asher Regan has a plan involving plenty of pain and sweat.

He has organised a new race called The Peaks for experienced mountain bikers, covering nine of Wellington’s highest points in as fast a time as possible.

“I just thought it would be a good excuse for a long ride,” Asher says.

Growing up in Dunedin Asher, 33, has had cadence and hill climbing in his lungs for a long time.

He now lives in central Wellington with partner Jo, young son and five bikes.

“I would also like to have a BMX but there is only so much room in the house,” he says.

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NINE PEAKS: Asher discusses the terrain in the October race.

His new race, on October 3, begins and ends at Revolution Bicycles in Northland.

Riders have six hours to collect as many points as possible, in any order with a point given for each peak defeated.

The endurance test involves the peaks of Tinakori Hill, Mt Kaukau, Johnstons Hill, Makara Peak, Wrights Hill, Hawkins Hill, Mt Victoria, Mt Crawford and Mt Albert.

Simon Kennett, who organised a similar event in 1993, is up for the casual competition day.

“I see it as a nice physical and mental challenge, with a social side to it as well,” he says.

He is using The Peaks as a training ride for Le Petit Brevet, a 300-kilometre mountain bike race in Canterbury in November.

Because Asher has taken the “least amount of organisation for the most amount of fun” approach, there will be no prizes, no entry fee – and no marshals.

A photo from a phone or digital camera is required to prove the rider made the peak.

With no checks on riders, responsibility and common sense is being asked for. “It would be a shame if people go racing through Sunday morning walkers and piss folk off,” Asher says.

He hopes to keep the race small: “A couple of dozen people would be good.” He would also like to see women take part.

With an expected 3000 metres to be climbed there has been talk of beers along the way.

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