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by Greta Yeoman

Solo mountain bikers are set to flock to the Timaru 10Hr Mountainbike Race next month, its organiser says.

Organiser Chris Thomas said the November 3 ride had attracted a “lot of interest” from riders wanting to take on the solo 10-hour or six-hour rides.

The 10hr race could be ridden as a relay, divided between up to five riders in a team, or enthusiastic solo riders could tackle the challenge by themselves, he said.

The course runs through tracks in Timaru’s Centennial Park.

The level of interest in the solo event could be due to the race being several weeks before the multi-day Pioneer mountain bike stage race through the Southern Alps, he said.

It offered riders a good preparation option leading up to the six-day race.

Most of the riders set to take part in the Timaru event were from out of town, but there were also bikers from across South Canterbury.

Participants would be coming from Christchurch, Nelson and Central Otago.

The 10hr ride would begin at 9am on November 3, while the six-hour option would start at 1pm.

For more information, visit www.timaru12hour mtb.co.nz.