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WORD (World Off-Road Riding Department) is a non-profit youth mountain bike organisation that is all about getting young people on bikes and out on the trails! They run after-school programmes, holiday camps and Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Adventurous Journeys. WORD strives to provide a sense of community amongst young mountain bikers and uses riding bikes as a tool to support young people's development in both personal and social aspects of life.

WORD offers Bronze, Silver, and Gold practice and qualifying adventurous journeys in a bike packing format with specific training to go with it. Bike packing is a relatively new way of adventuring, it involves traveling from A to B fully self-supported, carrying everything you need on your bike! Bike packing opens up so many amazing places to see and experience. It's fun, challenging, and rewarding. We believe there is no better way to adventure! Currently, they are operating only in Wānaka, with adventure options such as Ben Lomond Station, Aspiring National Park, Paparoa trail, Old Ghost Road and more! Wellington will soon be opened to explore too.

Talk to your Award Leader to get more information and take a look at https://dofehillary.org.nz/ https://www.word.org.nz/duke-of-ed or email Pete Mitchell [email protected]

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