Left: Darfield’s Warren Thomas and Nicole Sarginson cross the finish line in the 115 kilometre Enduro class.

Original Bridge To Bridge


The Bridge to Bridge mountain bike event is actually two events held at two separate times of the year. The original Bridge to Bridge has just taken place, Sunday December 2nd, on the South Bank of the Waimakariri River (from the Waimakariri Gorge Bridge to State Highway One Bridge), while the Bridge to Bridge ‘North’ is held in June, on the North Bank of the Waimakariri River.

Last weekend’s event saw four mountain bike rides held on the day; the traditional 58 kilometre ride from the Gorge, a 30 kilometre ride from The Willows, a 12 kilometre Recreational Ride from Haul Road and an Enduro of 115 kilometres going up the North Bank of the River and back down the South Bank, all finishing at Whites Crossing.

Categories were set so as to cater for everyone, young old, middle aged, athlete, weekend warrior or first time rider. The event is touted as being heaps of fun and with spot prizes, as well as age group category prizes meaning there’s a good chance of being rewarded for effort.

There were some notable results from locals competing, amongst them was first placegetter in the 115 kilometre Enduro Mountain Bike category (and also first place overall) Darfield’s Steve Roberts. Steve’s two daughters

Charlotte and Anna also had great results in the 30 kilometre (first place) and 12 kilometre respectively.

Also in the 115 kilometre enduro class was Nicole Sarginson, who came in at second place and Warren Thomas at 18th. In separate categories of the 30 kilometre race Suzanne Meager came in at second and Scott McIlroy at first.

The News congratulates all those from the area who took part, placed or not – a huge achievement to ride such distances!