One of New Zealand's largest fundraising motorcycle trail
rides took place on Saturday and is expected to raise more
than $30,000 for Duntroon School.
The annual trail ride over about 120km of four trails of
varying degrees of difficulty started in 2000 and had grown,
this year attracting 970 riders, event spokeswoman Nicola
Hutton said yesterday.
A lot of riders return each year from Canterbury and
Southland, boosted by Central and North Otago participants.
Riding conditions, starting from 8am, were perfect, with no
wind and rain last week helping reduce dust, she said.
The tracks provided a wide range of challenges, from loose
riverbed gravels through old goldmining claims and
plantations, rocky gullies, bogs and undulating tussock
No major problems were experienced, apart from some minor
injuries which were treated at the trail ride.
The annual ride has helped raise funds for upgrading of
tennis courts, computer upgrades, interactive whiteboards for
each of the three classrooms, upgrading the swimming pool,
reading and maths resources, outdoor camps, skating and ski
trips and a free sunhat and polar fleece top for all children
starting at the school.