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New cycle trail gets thumbs up
Refreshing: Wellington mayor Celia
Wade-Brown enjoys a drink at Manga-
weka before starting the cycle trail.
Off they go: Cyclists leave the Rangitikei before starting the Manawatu Country cycle trail.
By SANDRA CROSBIE
The Rangitikei and Manawatu has
joined ''Nga Haerenga, The New
Zealand Cycle Trail'' with the open-
ing of the Manawatu Cycleway on
The Country Road.
The 126-kilometre route weaves
its way from Mangaweka to Palmer-
ston North via Apiti, Rangiwahia
and Ashhurst, providing cyclists
with a two-day trip against the
region's unique rural landscape.
Although named the Manawatu
Cycleway on The Country Road it
actually starts in the Rangitikei, at
The ride offers cyclists an alterna-
tive to the busy highways, while
helping to grow and support the
rural communities in Manawatu
It is a crucial route to get cyclists
and travellers off the main highway
and into our own patch of New
To celebrate the launch of this
ride, a group of keen cyclists rode
the entire route over two days on
February 18 and 19.
Destination Manawatu, who
organised the ride, said the weather
was perfect and the local support
and involvement was fantastic.
''The riders where truly blown
away by our unique and picturesque
region and are looking forward to
coming back again soon,'' said Janet
Reynolds, Destination Manawatu's
leisure tourism manager.
Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie, one
of the riders, was impressed ''with
the number of people from out of our
region who joined the ride''.
He said the positive comments
from them had been encouraging.
''They were particularly impressed
with the organisation and our
Jonathan Kennett from the New
Zealand Cycle Trail said it was the
most enjoyable cycle trail opening
he had been to.
The riders enjoyed some
Mangaweka hospitality before head-
ing off on their two-day ride.
Mayor Chalky Leary spoke to the
guests and riders, including
Wellington mayor and cycling
enthusiast Celia Wade-Brown, and
Manawatu's action mayor, Matt
Easter deadline for
Single traffic: Mataroa Road (SH1) is cut back to a
single lane where road works are taking place. Control
of the traffic flow is by timed traffic lights so workmen
on the site are asking that drivers exercise patience.
Some are not, which is causing safety concerns.
metres of Mataroa
Rd (SH1) is to be
ripped up, replaced
and resealed, and
ready for the Easter
''We will be try-
ing our best to fin-
ish before Easter,''
He said this part
of the road had
reached the end of
its life and it is time
for an area-wide pavement treat-
ment, which in laymen's terms is ''a
As the base had broken up in
some places, the road is being dug
down to the blue papa which is
fairly deep between 30 centimetres
to a metre.
Lovely colours: Prize winning flowers were in abundance at the show in Raetihi.
Photo: LEONIE CADMAN
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