Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton (on footpath, left)
congratulates Dorothea Lewis, of Auckland, on becoming the
first person to complete an official tour of the Alps 2
Ocean cycle trail. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
While most 60th birthday parties might be stately
affairs, Aucklander Dorothea Lewis wanted to celebrate hers a
little more adventurously - and becoming the first person to
complete an official tour of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail
seemed just the ticket.
Ms Lewis and seven friends took six days to complete the
312km ride from Mt Cook to Oamaru, and were met on arrival in
Harbour St yesterday with a civic reception from Waitaki
Mayor Alex Familton and a rendition of Happy Birthday by
staff at Tourism Waitaki and the Criterion Hotel.
Ms Lewis said the ride was ''hard in places'' but a
''I wanted to celebrate [my birthday] by doing something that
was a bit adventurous and exciting, and something that felt
like an achievement.''
A2O Cycle Tours guide Sara Leadbetter said although the trail
was not ''officially open yet'', people were already queuing
up to ride it.
''We will be running two trips a month, every month until
winter, and half of those are already fully booked.''
A2O Cycle Trail marketing and sales officer Jason Menard said
some off-road sections of the trail had still to be
completed, but the trail was fully rideable.
''All sections are rideable, but there are various detours on
to some main roads.''
He said he would be providing daily updates on the cycle
trail and the progress of each section on the A2O website.