Perfect weather, great course and a relaxed atmosphere at Wilsons Bay was the order of the day for the fourth (nearly annual) Proactive Physio 7X7 endurance race at 7 Mile Reserve. A total of 12 teams and 3 individuals took to the 4.8 km course, which included some make-shift ‘oldschool’ trails. The rooty & loose section from Kachoong down to the Hub, following one of Ian Binnie’s original lines, was most noteworthy, catching many of the experienced riders out who tried to tackle it at speed. Everyone seemed thrilled with the course, which us organisers thought was the best yet. Big thanks to all the volunteered that held get it ready, tape it and then marshal it! The solo women’s category was won by Erin of Dunedin. She used this race as a build up to the NZ 24hr race next month. If her performance was anything to go by, she is in good shape for that. Erin completed 16 laps, just ahead of Hamish from Wanaka on 15 laps and Brendhan on 11 laps (on his singlespeed no less). Had Erin entered herself in the teams section she would have got 4th overall. The men’s team race was won by Queenstown 2nd Hand Vege Supplies (Willy, Bruce, & Phil) on 18 laps, followed closely by Rabbit Ridge (Ollie, Kev & Steve) on 17 laps and Proactive (Marty & Tim) also on 17 laps. The only women’s team in the race was Gregarious Menagerie (Honor, Suzie, Elaine & Kat) who tuned out 11 laps. These first time 7x7 riders were a little hesitant at first, but after riding the course a first time, actually really enjoyed themselves. The course was well designed to suit all abilities. The mixed team section was won by Crouching Hobbit Hidden Hashtag (Jarna, Helen, and two others) on 15 laps, following by Wing & a Prayer (Patrick, Eric, Andy & Mitchey) on 14 laps and Smash It (Natalie, Elliot and Jono) on 13 laps). This year’s race was organised by me (with a lot of help from Lance!) on the basis that the entry fee’s would go to a fundraising campaign I am doing for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NZ. By holding this race I managed to raise $1,500 through entry fee’s and donations received on the day (including some prize money donated to the cause). This is a great start to achieving my overall goal of $50,000 which I hope to raise in the lead up to, and during my ‘Race Against Time’ charity ride in 2015. If anyone else would like to make a donation, or even join me on sections of the ride (from Cape Reinga to Bluff via the NZ cycle trail network) please go to my website www.racegainsttime.co.nz. Thank you very much. A big thanks to all the sponsors, without which, we would not be able to hold the race. In particular Proactive Physio who in addition to giving $1,000 cash for prizes, also gave a lot of staff time providing physio and first aid on the day. Thanks also to all the local bike shop sponsors (excluding that new shop on Gorge Road that didn’t return my calls!) who donated many spot prizes and made Wilson Bay colourful with their flags & hoardings, and of course Bidvest for the BBQ food. Also thanks to the Department of Conservation for letting us use the reserve and allowed us, for the first time in many years, to ride on the grass at Wilson Bay. Happy to report no endangered snails were injured in the race! Finally big thanks to the volunteers on the day … and many days leading up to the race … including Lance, Brent, Kuda, Jackal, Paul & T-man. Over and out until next time … maybe, Carey.