New course and a farewell for Tour de Lakes

C Grade cyclist Myles Gibson managed to crack a smile while crossing the Stage 3 finish line in Te Anau.

Tour de Lakes race director Allan Dunn has stepped down from the role after 23 years organising the autumn cycling race through Otago-Southland.

Mr Dunn said the latest tour, which started and ended in his hometown of Invercargill, ended on a high note.

Over the years increasing traffic around Central Otago had made safely organising the race more difficult, which prompted this year's race to be held exclusively across Southland. 

However the change to this year's race meant no traffic problems, and Mr Dunn said feedback from this year's 40 cyclists indicated it was a hit. 

Mr Dunn said he decided to step down from the volunteer role this year to be able to spend more time with his family. Organising the annual race was a six-month time-intensive effort in addition to his full-time job as a real estate agent, he said.

Now it was up to Cycling Southland to determine where the race would go in the future, he said.

"It's just been an awesome ride, but it's time to jump off."


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