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.”
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.
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