For over 20 years, Cromwell has been the hub of a great series of summer sporting events.
Organiser, the legendary Bill Godsall, says, “There is something for everyone, from the elite sportsperson looking to notch up another title, to the families and individuals wanting to enjoy the outdoors amongst unspoilt mountain scenery.”
The season started with the Cromwell Half Marathon and the Nevis Valley Gutbuster.
The next event up is the Bannockburn MTB Classic, scheduled for the afternoon of 30 December.
There are three rides to choose from, starting at 2pm with the 56 km Adventure Ride for the more experienced mountain bikers, across farmland hill country, given once a year access by local farmers.
Then, at 4pm, there is the 35km Classic Ride, ‘to suit riders looking for a more relaxed challenge while still wanting to enjoy the holiday atmosphere’.
Final option is the Sports Ride – a great family ride of 22 km.
On the morning of 2 January, there is the Lake Dunstan Triathlon and Duathlon, guaranteed to cure any sluggish feelings from celebrating the new year.
This year, the event has a moved to Bannockburn Inlet, away from the busy Shortcut Road boat ramp and the main highway. Find your challenge from the Duathlon, the Fun Triathlon, Multisport Kayak Race, Sprint Distance Triathlon and Olympic Distance Triathlon.
The last of the Summer Series, the Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge, will be held on 8 January. This is a 96km sealed road circuit, generally flat, from Cromwell around Lake Dunstan passing through Northburn, Tarras, Luggate and back down Wanaka Road to the Cromwell Sports Club. Registration is at 9 am at the Cromwell Sports Club on Barry Avenue.
It is important to note that for all of the Summer Series events to continue, My Vaccine Pass requirements will be followed and all participants and spectators older than 12 years and 3 months must be able to present a valid My Vaccine Pass.