Whangarei really turned on the weather for the Northland chapter of the Regional Get2Go competition held on the 31st of July. Despite the blue skies, there was still plenty of mud for the mountain biking.
A great entry-level adventure outdoor education challenge for Year 9 and Year 10 school students. The Torpedo7 Get2Go Regional challenges combine fun, outdoor adventure activities like orienteering, kayaking, stand-up paddling, mountain biking, and a little bit of problem-solving, into an action-packed day suitable for students of all fitness levels and experience. The event is run by Hillary Outdoors. There are 12 regional challenges in total held around the country from Whangarei to Queenstown. Each team is made up of eight students. All team members are involved in all activities.
Bike Northland hosted the mountain biking component of the Northland challenge at Parihaka Mountain Bike Park. Participants rode around a short loop completing as many laps as possible within 60 minutes. Each team is only allowed two bikes on the track at any one time, so fast transitions help keep the lap numbers high.
The winning team across all the activities goes through to the National Final in December. We had ten teams participating from across Northland this year including Bream Bay College, Huanui College, Kamo High School, Okaihau College, Otamatea High School, Renew School, Ruawai College, and Whangarei Boys and Girls High Schools. Congratulations to the Whangarei Girls and Boys team who placed first on the day.