The race is on the 1st of December with a race start of 8am for the 10 hour course and 9am for the 6 hour course. The prize giving will be held after the last team has finished, around 6pm.
You can race in a team of 3 or 4 people.
There are 2 age categories available in each race duration, Junior, and Open. Junior teams must have previous experience in outdoor events. All members in a Junior team must be under the age of 20 on race day. Any competitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
These age categories are then split into men's, women's, and mixed categories.
Prizes will be given to the top 3 places in all categories with more than 3 teams entered. Only first place will be awarded to catregories with 3 or less teams entered. Thanks to our generous sponsors we will have a fantastic array of spot prizes that everyone will go into the draw to win.
No support crews are required.
The race is unsupported. That means you have to do all your transitions yourself. This creates an even playing field and means you don’t have to rope in support crew. Friends and family are of course welcome to come to cheer you on and take photos. There will be plenty of spots along to course to view the race. For junior teams we allow an adult to assist with transitions.
The races will start and finish in the same place so you don’t have to sort any transport. Organisers will take one gear bag per team to the transition point. More information on this will be provided closer to the event.
Personal Locator Beacon
Due to a lack of cellphone coverage on parts of the course we require teams to carry a personal locator beacon with them at all times. Safety Beacons NZ have kindly offered to provide these to competitors at no cost to help ensure their safety out on the course.
Individual (must be carried by each person)
Thermal top long-sleeved - Merino or Polyprop
Water proof Jacket - ( this must be seamed sealed ) no wind breakers, plastic ponchos, puffer jackets)
Head lamp with spare batteries
Mountain Bike (brakes must work, wheels safe, tires in good condition)
Rear Red Flashing Bike light
Food & water - Race day is likely to be hot so ensure you take adequate water, there will not be aid stations out on the course.
First Aid kit
– Minimum: triangular bandage, crepe bandage, strapping tape, knife, antihistamine, gauze bandage
Compass - 1 per team
Maps x 2 (Provided)
Cell Phone (Fully Charged)
Personal Locator Beacon (Will be provided by organisers on race day)
This will be at the registration. You will need to have and carry the items on the gear list.
We will also collecting the cell phone number from the phone you will be taking. There will be spot gear checks during the race and if you don’t have an item a 1hr time penalty will be given to your team.
It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that their equipment (including bike) is in good condition. However the event organisers reserve the right to prevent participants from starting if they feel that the condition of their equipment poses a risk to themselves or others.