One of the local races is fast becoming my favourite event of the year. The Milk and Honey race in Takaka. Takaka hill is not known for being kind- climbing 700 m within 10 km. Rightly this part of the race is called the "Milk". Racing up it might get you to the top slightly quicker than usual but there is no discount with the toll you pay.
Like every year there was a sprint ace in Upper Takaka for both guys and girls. A bunch of three guys were out in the front going for the sprint so our main bunch was relatively content going at a steady pace. With 200 meters to go I accelerate and with no other girls following me I crossed the line first.
Sprint ace in Upper Takaka
After the sprint we went straight into the hill climb. My heart rate and legs recovered after a few bends and I had a great bunch of guys to ride with. We kept pushing each other and before we knew it we were descinding down into transition. I swoped onto my mountain bike and after a short climb we were into the "Honey" of the race. 40 minutes (or thereabouts) of pedaly downhill on a huge range of different single track: twisty and tight, roots, lush bush through the Rameka track, creek crossings and riverbeds, and to finish off the fast and flowy tracks of the Rameka project.
Cool feature on the Rameka Project trails
Then it was back onto the road and some private farm paddocks to get back to Takaka and the finish line. After a double puncture last year I was happy to get to the finish without any mishaps and taking the win. Getting some extra cash for the Sprint and Queen of the Mountain was the icing on the cake. This event is not only exceptionally well organised but has a unique, relaxed atmosphere (it is Golden Bay afterall). Prize giving is worth staying for with delicious home made food and some good enternainment.