Two cycle trails set for Cavalcade

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The Goldfields Cavalcade is the biggest in 20 years, organisers say.

Co-ordinator Terry Davis said 600 people were booked on the cavalcade, which this year ends at Hawea, but there were still spaces available on the two mountain biking trails, the hiking trail and the running trail.

“We have always had walkers as part of the cavalcade. Last year we had cyclists for the first time, and this time we have two cycle trails instead of one.”

E-bikes were now enabling the sorts of people who previously would have “never thought of coming on the cavalcade” to take part.

A new addition this year was also a running trail, due to the growing popularity of running in the region “which makes perfect sense”, Mr Davis said.

The cavalcade was the biggest since 1998 when the Otago 150-year celebrations helped increased numbers to 800.

“Since then it has been between 440 and 500 people and this year going into Hawea we are going to have 600 people.”

“So that is significantly more than in recent times.”

Mr Davis encouraged people to discover new places and enjoy “the great sense of adventure, camaraderie, fun and good food”.

The Goldfields Cavalcade begins on February 23 and ends at Hawea on March 2.

For bookings and further information visit www.cavalcade.co.nz or phone (03) 445-0111.