Retro riders turn heads


Manawatu’s Festival of Cycling kicked of with a Retro Ride on Saturday morning much to the delight of many riders from the lower North Island.

Organised by Palmy Unleashed, more than 30 riders took to the street on their retro bikes, some dressed in retro clothing and a few donning it all in lycra.

Organiser Wayne Wolfsbauer of Palmy Unleased said they had riders from New Plymouth, Napier and Wellington join in the action, with bikes of all shapes and sizes riding the course.

Causing a few heads to turn was an 1860 Open Head design penny-farthing resplendent with its rider dressed in the appropriate attire. 

Its owner Colin Barnes, of Haumoana, said he took every opportunity to get out on his bikehaving ridden many trails in the South Island and a 1000km event, the Dubbo to Gold Coast, with 10 other penny-farthing riders.

Palmerston North rider Janet Mace was planning to spend a peaceful weekend with a friend when she saw an advertisement for the Retro Ride a few weeks ago and a new plan was hatched.

Her friend, Julie Cummings of Napier, said she was back on the bike after a hip operation early last year so she was hesitant at first.

“I was a bit nervous but what a fabulous ride. I’m so pleased we did it.”

At the end of the race, all riders gathered in George Street and prizes were handed out for the best dressed and best bike.

Steve Stannard