Turangi Rock n Road Cycling Club
The Turangi Rock 'n Road Cycling club was Formed in 1991 after a group of keen cyclist got tired of waving to each other on the otherside of the road and decided to join together. The 1st official club ride occured on 5th May 1991. The key forces involved in the establishment of the club were the cycling Pastor John Wickline and the late Bill Sharrock who subsequently were made life members. Graeme Barrett was also made a life member largely do to his work on the ' Tour de Trout ' which ran for 9 years and was an annual cycling event going from Tokaanu / Taumarunui / left up to National Park and back down to Turangi via the Te Ponanga Saddle. On the same day they also developed the 'Tour De Tiddler' which was a race around Rotoraia. A constitution was soon formed with the first objective being 'to engage, promote, sponsor, develop and encourage cycling in general'. Sponsorship from local business provided the newly formed club with many opportunities that would not have otherwise participated in. Fundraising oportunities and activities where club members participated in marshalling, leaflet drops, volunterring with various sporting events also provided extra funding for club events. The club had strong membership in the late nineties and once again is experiencing another growth cycle. The members have produced a great many outstanding and memorable performances both locally and regionally over the years including a medals recipient at the Masters Games and the clubs own Chris Barrett who represented New Zealand as a junior at the world mountainbike champs. Many friendships have been made through the club with spirit and companionship a key component in the 18 years of success.