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More than 500 mountain bikers will compete in the 29th Pass2Pub on Sunday.

More than 500 mountain bikers will compete in the 29th Pass2Pub on Sunday.

Race organiser Chris Thomas said the about 70 competitors taking part in the 16km Pass2Pub Mini were mainly under-12s whose older family members were completing the 36km ride.

“It’s a great way to do it.”

He said the youngest entrant he knew of was 7.

Changes to the annual ride through the Mackenzie back country included shifting a section of the ride from Waratah Rd on to farmland, which would provide a “bit more of a challenge” for riders but get them off the rural road.

“[There will be] really good views.”

The main race would proceed from Rollesby Valley Rd in Burkes Pass, while the 16km Mini would start at the Wairewa Cattle Yards in Waratah Rd.

Both rides would wind up at the Albury Tavern.

Mr Thomas said he wanted to remind South Canterbury residents they could still register for the race either at the Saturday check-in or before the start of the race on Sunday.

People can sign up to ride at the PlaceMakers on the Hilton Highway, Timaru, on Saturday between 10am and 1pm or on Sunday between 8am and 10am.

He was looking forward to Sunday’s ride, Mr Thomas said.

“It’s a lot of fun.”

He said the 29-year-old race attracted participants both young and old, including some third-generation riders competing with their grandparents.

“It’s an oldie but a goodie.”