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MPs Lining Up For Taupo Cycle Race

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Nikki Kaye
Nikki Kaye

Wellington, Sept 8 NZPA - A sizeable number of MPs are lining up for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on November 28th.

National's Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye and Labour's Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard are in an outright competition to see who can finish the 160kms of the solo race first.

It will be the fifth time Mr Mallard has participated in the event, while Ms Kaye is competing for the first time.

The new MP is not a stranger to extreme sport having completed the 2008 Coast to Coast event.

Another incoming MP is also taking part in the race for the first time in a more modest effort with National's Taupo MP Louise Upston aiming to cycle 40kms in the team event.

"It will be difficult to find the time to train, however I'm determined to make it to the start line," Ms Upston said.

Fellow National MP Hekia Parata has persuaded three other women, also in their 50th year, to form a relay team and train for the event -- she also balances three children, having the busy life of a politician and being wife.

Green Party co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman were demonstrating their commitment to cycling as an eco-friendly form of transport and entering a team with parliamentary colleagues Kevin Hague and Keith Locke.

"We're not expecting to win in the competitive aspect of the event, but rather to emphasise that riding a bike is a form of exercise and a form of transport that is available to almost everyone," Dr Norman said.

Labour's Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins has also started training for the event, which is expecting over 10,000 entrants from around New Zealand and the world.

The event will include a number of challenges and races of various lengths and design.

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