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On your bike ... The 10-Hour Mountain Bike Race returns this November. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The 10-Hour Mountain Bike Race pedals back into Timaru next month.

The annual event, in its 12th year, will be held at Centennial Park on November 4.

Race director Chris Thomas said the race, which features both solo riders and team events, had drawn about 40 entries so far.

He expected there would be a similar number to last year’s 250 competitors by the time registrations closed on October 31.

While a large number of bikers came from Timaru and the surrounding areas, a good contingent also came from Central Otago, Dunedin, Blenheim and Christchurch.

“A lot come from Christchurch.”

He would be in Blenheim for another event this week and hoped to attract some more interest from Marlborough mountain-bikers while there, Mr Thomas said.

“[I am] hoping to pick up a few more.”

Riders could choose from a range of different events, including 10-hour team races, a 10-hour solo ride, a six-hour solo race and another event for single-speed (no gears) bikes, he said.

Organisers were also allowing electric bikes into the event for the first time, with riders getting their own race category.

“[They] are becoming quite popular .. [but] some of the more traditional riders raise their eyebrows at e-bikes.”

Thomas estimated about 40 entrants would take part in the solo ride events, most of whom were serious mountain-bikers who did lots of training.

He encouraged South Canterbury residents to come along to view the race, as there was a range of good viewing spots.

“It’s a very spectator-friendly event.”

The Alpine Energy 10-Hour Mountain Bike Race will be held on November 4. For more information or to sign up, visit www.timaru12hourmtb.co.nz.