mitoQ K2 - Change of date to April
Coromandel’s iconic bike race, the mitoQ K2, will be postponed by four weeks to Saturday 10 April, in light of today’s announcement by the government that Auckland will remain on level 2 alert until next weekend. The race was due to take place on March 13, with registration the day before.
Race co-organiser Andy Reid said: “This was an incredibly difficult decision, but our priority has to be the health and safety of our community, as well as our competitors. We were committed to running the race only if the whole country was back to level 1, and at this point we cannot be sure of that.
“Our event starts effectively on the Friday, and it would be highly irresponsible to bring over a thousand people onto the Coromandel while part of the country is still on a heightened level of alert.
“We appreciate that some participants will be disappointed, but that they will respect our decision. We’re confident the majority will still be able to take part and others may now be free to take on New Zealand’s most exciting cycle event.”
All competitor’s entries will be moved over to the new date, or rolled over to next year’s event. Refunds will be provided on request.
The mitoQ K2 will now set off from Tairua on April 10, 6am onwards. Two shorter distance rides take place on the same day: the K1 (106K) for aged 14 and upwards and the Nicholas Browne (53K) for ages 12 upwards.
Entries are still open until the day, see www.k2cycle.co.nz All proceeds go to the Spirit of Coromandel Trust, which has just opened a (free) mountain bike park in Coromandel and is planning to open an outdoor education centre just outside the town.