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Sun 25 May 2008, 9:00am–3:00pm

Where: The Esplanade( mini train car park.), Park Road, Palmerston North, Palmerston North

Listed by: Ross Murray

Fun mountain bike event for all kids, 5 yrs to 13 yrs.--lots of spot prizes including new Avanti Black Thunder bike. Hosted by Manawatu Mountain Bike club.

Pre entry only, online or entry forms at local bike shops.

Course: Along the riverside bridle track and native bush Esplanade trails. The trails are a mixture of lime, gravel and tar seal pathways. It is mostly flat single trail, with
some undulations.Care is needed if practising due to other users and the trails crossing in several places. Please stick to the existing trails. There will be plenty of signage on the day to direct you along the chosen trails.

Directions: The Victoria Esplanade is situated on the eastern side of Palmerston North.

Travelling from the Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa through the Manawatu gorge turn left before the Manawatu River and travel down through Aokatere and into Palmerston North across the Fitzherbert Bridge. Turn left at the second set of lights onto Park Rd. FromWellington, Taranaki or North, make your way across the city to Fitzherbert Ave (the main eastern arterial road from the Square in the centre of the city out to the Massey Bridge) and turn right on Park Rd.

The event is based at the Lido end of the Esplanade trails. Event registration is situated on the river bank at the south end of the Esplanade which can be accessed turning right at the end of Ruha St (off Park Rd) or by walking down a track between the Motor Camp and Miniature Railway station in the Esplanade.

Parking:The main car park can be accessed from the Esplanade entrance beside the Lido Swimming Centre and is located beside the MiniatureRailway in the Esplanade. A pathway to the right of the Railway station will take you to the registration area. Alternative parking is along the streets on Park Rd, around the Esplanade or either Ruha St or Dittmer Drive.