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by Rachael Comer

Keen South Canterbury mountain bikers will soon get their fix.
The 12th 10 Hour Mountain Bike Race will be held at Timaru’s Centennial Park on November 5 with about 250 riders from throughout the South Island expected to take part.
Spokesman Chris Thomas said the race was a relay run over 10 hours.
“Last year, a total of 14,766km or 1393 laps were completed,” he said.
He said some competitors had chosen to ride the entire 10 hours solo, clocking up more than 200km.
“We also run a separate six-hour solo race.
“The top riders will ride a lap in around 24 minutes.”
The event includes competitive and fun grades and this year will see the introduction of a 10-hour solo single speed section.
“This is for riders of bikes with no gears, so it’s very tough riding.”
There will also be an under-15 team section.
Thomas said prospects for this year’s race included “a very good contest in the 10-hour solo with Steve Halligan from Hanmer Springs defending his 2015 title”.
“His main competition is likely to come from Dominic Jones, from Christchurch, who won in 2014.”
The Cyclery always has very strong teams in the open men’s grade and is expected to be too competitive, he said.
“There has also been strong support for the corporate challenge event from local businesses.”