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20th Anniversary of Karapoti Classic


20th Anniversary of Karapoti Classic

Sports and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard today opened an exhibition of the history of the Karapoti Classic, before competing in the event for the fourth time tomorrow.

The exhibition at Upper Hutt's Expressions Gallery features images and memorabilia from the race’s history, including a bike from the first race.

Now in its twentieth year, the Karapoti Classic, started by the Kennett brothers back in 1985, is Australasia’s longest standing mountain biking event.

“This is obviously a huge year for the Karapoti. It was arguably the Karapoti Classic that kicked off the mountain biking scene in New Zealand.

“The images, paintings, ceramics and memorabilia in the gallery speak volumes of the degree to which the event has got under skin of local and international mountain bikers and artists alike.

“I congratulate the organisers, sponsors, local council on their passion for making the event what it is, and for compiling the living history we see here. I also congratulate the artists who’ve produced the work on display.

"It’s clear that with a record number of participants for 2005, easily topping a thousand mountain bikers, we have an iconic Kiwi event that has captured the imagination of mountain bikers from New Zealand and around the world,” said Trevor Mallard.

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