Event Overview

Based in the hills around Alexandra, the three stages are designed to take in the best of what is on offer. We have designed a course to suit the complete modern mountain biker, with a large amount of single track, climbs to test the fitness and distances that will see endurance come to the fore.

The stages are all loops so start and finish in the same place, with their respective race venues between 5-15km from the township.

*The course will include a large amount of grade 3 and some grade 4 singletrack over the three days. Honing your technical skills is a vital part of your preparation. Also remember, that the dry, dusty and rocky trails of Alexandra are like nothing you will find anywhere else in NZ (great excuse to come early and practice)

Our course maps and details are below, PLEASE NOTE these are subject to change before the race start but are an accurate guideline for you can expect in distance, and elevation gain.

Prologue Time Trial

MATANGI STATION

Details

  • Friday 12th March
  • Race Start 12.30pm onwards
  • 15km single-track loop with 550m elevation gain
  • Teams/individuals set off at 30sec intervals (first 20-30 teams will be seeded)
  • An exciting and exhilarating course that will set the tone for what’s to come over the weekend
  • Make sure you bring you’re a-game to the start as this loop includes some of our more challenging trails, being well prepared is key!

Directions to Race Start:

The Prologue Race Start is located 5km up Little Valley Rd from Alexandra.

GPS Coordinates are: -45.2743787, 169.4226829

Turn off State high way 85 onto Little Valley rd on the outskirts of Alexandra, Continue up the road for approximately 5km where you will see the race venue in a Paddock beside the road.

Please note this is a gravel rd and will be dusty, so drive carefully and allow plenty of time.

Parking here is limited. Spectators are advised to drop off riders and then view the race on the lower sections of the course close to town.

 

Stage 1

Earnsclugh Station

Details

  • Saturday 13th March
  • 8am Race Start
  • Mass start stage
  • 60km loop with 2100m elevation gain
  • A true classic style MTB course exploring the backcountry 4WD and farm tracks in the hills surrounding Alexandra. A challenging amount of climbing is well rewarded with stunning vistas of the basin and an epic single-track descent!
  • This stage will test riders fitness, resilience and team work, with a good day here setting you up for overall success.

Directions to Race Start:

Stage 1 Start Finish is located approx 10km from Alexandra on the corner of Strode rd and Laing Rd in Earnsclugh.

GPS Coordinates are: -45.2236572, 169.3144756

From Alexandra you cross the Clutha river bridge and head towards Clyde on Earnsclugh rd then take a left onto Laing Rd, you will see the Race Venue located down a driveway on your left.

Aid Station is located in Omeo Gully (-45.2469858, 169.2900655) , access via Blackmans rd, then onto Fraser dam rd and turn left into Omeo Gully.

 

 

Stage 2

MATANGI STATION

Details

  • Sunday 14th March
  • 7.30am Race Start
  • Mass start stage
  • 55km loop with 1900m elevation gain
  • We’ve saved the best till last! This stage will surely be remembered as one of your most epic days on the MTB as we explore the network of epic single-track in the hills behind Alexandra.
  • The first time that a race of this length has been held on these tracks, which will test you all the way to the end but leave you finishing with a smile from ear to ear!

Directions to Race Start:

Stage 2 Start/Finish is located a further 5km along Little valley rd past the prologue start at the Matangi Station woodshed. Approx 12km from Alexandra.

GPS Coordinates are: -45.3042201, 169.4577008

Please note as this stage course uses this road at the start we will need all vehicles off the road by 7am, the road is narrow and gravel the whole way so allow plenty of time to get to the start.

Spectators are best to view the race in the bottom half of the course near the Alexandra township.

Aid Station is just a couple of hundred meters along Tucker Hill Rd, turn left at the bottom of Little Valley Rd. (-45.2499985, 169.4094956). There is plenty of parking for spectators here and several good vantage points of the course.

 

Race support

While riders need to be self sufficient during the racing, we will be providing support to make sure you get through safe and sound.

There will be an Aid station on stages 1 & 2 around the half way mark, where the following will be provided

  • Race food – fruit, lollies, cake etc
  • Water
  • Basic mechanical support

Riders may arrange for their own food/drink to be given to them ONLY at the designated aid station, and no where else on course.

Riders may not receive outside support for mechanical assistance anywhere else on course

SAFETY

Full medical and safety support will be provided on course, with medics at key points and on ATVs to access any incidents

Tail-end charlie will ensure all riders make it off the course safely

TIME CUTS

Once the courses are finalised we will determine a time cut for riders which will be at the Aid Station, the reason for implementing a time cut is purely a safety one for riders, volunteers and support staff.