Eric Shaw shares his inisght into this funride around Mt Taranaki. It comes at the very beginning of the year and always attarct a great turnout.
The distance was 148 km
Elevation 1216 mtrs
The weather on the day was great. There was very little wind but a cool start. As the group went out and we got into our work we soon warmed up.
On the day myself, Tama, Nic and Reon started in Group 3 along. Simon started in group 2 .
We got ourselves into a good group and between myself Tama Reon and a few of the Sarbez riders we all worked well together. The bunch split a bit after turning left at Opunake but still had a good team to work with to the end. I managed a 4.30.13 which was awesome better than I expected .
Not as hilly as Taupo but depending on the wind on the day could be a challenge in places around the course
Some of the challenges on the day mostly was the inexperienced riders in the group who had not done much bunch riding experience 1 of which caused a crash luckly only a minor crash
I thought it was a great day and will go back again next year and hope a few more USO riders are able to come along .
Accommodation we had was great just 5k out of New Plymouth and if booked early enough can probably hold around 15