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Enthusiastic riders gather in their Sunday best for a tour around Waihi Beach.

Frock up for Frocks on Bikes in Waihi Beach

Frocks on bikes is back to brighten up Waihi Beach once again.

The fun-filled bicycle excursion takes place on Saturday January 28 from 10am-2pm. All ages and genders are welcome – the only requirements are a frock, a bike, and a helmet. 

Several routes are available including the casual ‘easy rider’ tour around the village, a 10km route, or for more serious athletes the 15km trail to Bowentown and back.

The event has taken place in Waihi Beach for the past eight years, with a break over the last two years due to COVID. Organiser Tee Carroll says it is an enjoyable day out for people of all ages and abilities. 

“It’s just a fun, charitable event. It’s open to everyone. We get people from all over the North Island, some teens, some from Hamilton. Seeing everyone come and thoroughly enjoy themselves is a real highlight,” she said.

The frocks are a key part of the event. Men and women alike are dressed up to the nines in their frilly best, with the men in particular enjoying the opportunity to jazz it up a little. 

“It’s a very, very interesting – well, quite hilarious – event.”

There will be prizes for best dressed and most decorated bike, as well as spot prizes. Entry to the event is a gold coin donation. In previous years frocks on bikes has raised funds for things such as bike racks for the village, although a cause for this year’s event has not yet been decided. 

Frocks on Bikes, 10am-2pm, January 28. If rainy, the event will be postponed until February 5. 

Registration is 10am at Waihi Beach RSA for a gold coin donation. See frocks-on-bikes/waihi-beach, or contact Tee Carroll 021 039 9076 for more details. 

By ALICE PARMINTER, Public Interest Journalism funded by NZ on Air