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by Greta Yeoman

Mountain bikers rejoice.

The 10 Hour Mountainbike Race is back in Timaru next month.

Organiser Chris Thomas said the event would be held at Centennial Park on November 2, from 9am.

The race involves riders taking turns to cover as many laps as possible during the 10 hours of riding.

The course takes in tracks built by South Canterbury Mountain Bike Club members, supported by the Timaru District Council, including the just-opened Sidewinder track.

Thomas said the 9km course had “a bit of everything”, from a few short-but-sharp climbs, tight corners, smooth downhills and fast straights.

“[It is] just perfect for longer races and suitable for all levels of mountain bikers, from beginners to world champions.”

A “tent village” would also be set up in the park.

Teams had been known to bring a variety of things to make their performance better, including generators, lights, warm-up bikes, barbecues, fridges, couches – and even hot tubs, Thomas said.

Race participants include world under-23 champion Anton Cooper, who is a regular at the event, through to more casual bikers and school teams.

People can take on the “ultimate challenge” of a solo ride for 10 hours, or team up.

There is also a six-hour solo race.

Registration and more information can be found online at www.tenhour.co.nz