Some of the 17 riders who turned out for the first AOK Wanderers ride from Hyde in March 2015. Photo taken on the north flank of the Rock and Pillar Range above the Maniototo Plain.
The AOK Wanderers is a new (in March 2015) mountain bike/cross bike group for people aged 55 or over (or younger folk who prefer a cruisier ride). Some people took up mountain biking later in life when the first fat-tyred bikes arrived in the 80s and now Old Man Time is telling them to slow down a bit and not to take so many risks. They might not want to tackle scary single-tracks and huge climbs but they DO still want to ride and enjoy the companionship of others, as biking is one of the best activities for older bones. We'll have short rides and long rides (including some away rides), plenty of socialising and lots of fun.
The AOK Wanderers ride just once a month, usually about the middle of the month. This is because many of our foundation riders also have their own tight groups they like to ride with most weekends and I don’t want to mess with that! The monthly AOK ride brings together these groups for some wider fellowship.
The group hangs together via Facebook and a monthly listing in the ODT’s sports draws section under Mountain Biking. To find us on Facebook, click here: AOK Wanderers Facebook Page
The Wanderers group was started by John Fridd, conceiver and organiser of the annual multi-day 2000-06 across Otago MTB rides, the AOK Rally, and the Dunedin-based AOK Social Riders group (now the Otago MTB Social Riders).
John can be reached on (03) 487 7402 (h), at 027 622 7495 (cell) or email firstname.lastname@example.org