Cyclists get a free run

Friday May 01, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Members of the Cook Islands Triathlon Association on their runway rides at the Rarotonga International Airport. Picture credit: TOKERAU JIM/ 20043003 / 20043005 / 20043006 Members of the Cook Islands Triathlon Association on their runway rides at the Rarotonga International Airport. Picture credit: TOKERAU JIM/ 20043003 / 20043005 / 20043006

Cook Islanders locked down overseas are looking enviously at Tokerau Jim’s viral video footage and images of a new innovation: using Rarotonga Airport’s long, wide empty runway for cycling.

It’s a bit like Tuvalu, where they use the international runway for cricket, markets, even for sleeping on hot nights.

Since the Covid-19 restrictions stopped almost all flights, members of Cook Islands Triathlon Association get to cycle up and down the Rarotonga runway each week.

Now, they are inviting other keen cyclists.

Roland Neururer said one lap around the runway was 4.6km, so they sometimes did four or five laps – about a 45-minute ride.

 “We started as a team, and eventually we will do some time trials. Since there is nobody at the airport, no flights, the airport authority gave us that slot.”    

Members of the Cook Islands Triathlon Association on their runway rides at the Rarotonga International Airport. Picture credit: TOKERAU JIM For the past few weeks, the association through the Airport Authority, has been allowed to cycle every Wednesday, but this time they have included interested cyclers.

They started with only ten people cycling due to the restrictions. Now restrictions are lifted and they have increased their numbers to 15.

Members of the Cook Islands Triathlon Association on their runway rides at the Rarotonga International Airport. Picture credit: TOKERAU JIM

Neururer said there are now four slots available, where Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to the triathlon members but Monday and Wednesday from midday  is for regular or interested cyclers.  There is also space for Monday afternoon at 4.30pm.

He said the schedules are subject to change, as it sometimes depends on Air Rarotonga in case they have a flight or a delay. Neururer is informed an hour before any change is made.

Anyone who is interest can contact Roland Neururer on f& This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To watch the video follow: https://www.facebook.com/TokerauJimImages/videos/2271650403130527/

2 comments

  • Comment Link C Edwards Friday, 01 May 2020 16:40 posted by C Edwards

    What can be wrong with people getting some enjoyment from the lack of planes. At least it's safer than the main road with it's traffic and the never ending potholes. The road is in much more need of maintenance than the runway

  • Comment Link debs Friday, 01 May 2020 13:41 posted by debs

    This is so wrong whats is wrong with the main road giving the cook island a very low class in the world instead of doing maintenance around the airport giving the tarmack an up grade look My Poor Island Paradise

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