The Kapiti Epic
On October 10th and 11th I ran a cycle event for the first time called the Kapiti Epic. 2015 was the first year that the Tour of Waikanae has not run, so there is a real need to have a local cycling event that caters to all levels of cyclist.
The October 10th event was repeats on the Maungakotukutuku hill, a 2 kilometre hill just outside of Paraparaumu. Despite this hill being quite steep, and a good work out just to reach the summit once, the winner of the event did 26 repeats, and the event attracted entrants as young as 7 and as old as 71.
The October 11th event was a mountain bike race at Whareroa farm, a working farm on DOC land between Paraparaumu and Paekakariki. The mountain bike race covered a small circuit, with riders doing as many circuits as they could in two hours.
The great thing about the Epic is it is a fundraising event. All proceeds this year went to Raewyn Morrison a local cyclist who is racing overseas hoping to secure a professional contract. The Epic raised $850 for Raewyn, the entry fee was kept low so that the event was accessible to everyone, and because local businesses sponsored the event it meant that more money could be raised.
The event was a great success, with both local newspapers running reports, and I had great feedback from the participants.
The Epic will be run in future years, I am aiming to raise over $2,000 next year and increase entry numbers.