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As most will know, May 1st is the kick-off to DoC’s five month winter trial of mountain biking on the Heaphy Track. Many local businesses have been gearing up (pardon the pun) for this new influx of winter tourists. While our business community is anticipating the needs of bicyclists coming through our community from May to September the rest of us may be a bit surprised to see so many bicycles and bikers in our midst.

It is my understanding that, beneath those plastic helmets and spandex uniforms, are very friendly and personable people from all around New Zealand and even other countries. Their arrival will be a boost to our local economy. I personally hope that we, as a community, will extend a warm and courteous manner toward these new tourists biking off the Heaphy. There is no advertising more powerful than ‘word of mouth’. These sports bicyclists’ impressions of their experiences here in Karamea will echo much farther than any marketing promotional efforts we can devise. Best foot forward!

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