Tour of penny farthings

About 15 riders, and one dog, will take part in this year's New Zealand penny farthing tour, which starts tomorrow.

The four-day, 250km tour will leave from Manapouri and pass through Lumsden, Gore and Lawrence, arriving in Milton on Wednesday.

Oamaru artist Donna Demente - representing the Hyde-Rangers Tea Drinking Granny Bikers - will ride her vintage safety cycle, accompanied by her poodle Tuppence, who will ride in the basket.

One of the tour organisers, Wendy Dean, said the tour would average between about 60km and 70km a day.

The riders will stop at schools in Mossburn, Lumsden, Riversdale, Gore, Tapanui, Lawrence and Milton, and they will also present rata trees to the schools as part of the Department of Conservation's Project Crimson.

They will then drive to Oamaru for an official welcome and the opening of the town's Victorian heritage celebrations on Thursday.

The 14th national penny farthing and veteran cycle championships will be held on Saturday, with sprints, slaloms, relays, slow races and the Tyne St grunter.


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