Tent city in Alexandra for extreme mountainbikers

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Riders competing in the Pioneer Mountain Bike race landed in Central Otago this week.
The third edition of the six­day bike race through New Zealand’s Southern Alps started on Sunday in Queenstown, which hosted the prologue and then stage one.
Hometown hero Shaun Portegys, of Alexandra, finished Monday’s stage one stretch in first place in the Grand Masters 50-plus category, alongside teammate Tim O’Leary.
Competitors then descended on Molyneux Park, Alexandra, to prepare for the 101km second stage.
The Molyneux race village gave riders the opportunity to recover and socialise with fellow participants.
Many competitors camped overnight in 736 tents set up on the outer fields.
Riders launched into stage two on Tuesday, which involved climbing to the Sphinx on the ridgeline of Flat Top Hill.
A challenging climb up the Fraser River followed.
Yesterday the course moved from Alexandra to Bannockburn.
Stage four today involves the biggest day of climbing for riders, in the mountains above Bannockburn.