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  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 (a great excuse to come early and practice).

STAY TUNED FOR 2023 INFO | in the meantime check out our 2022 information

2022 Race Overview map

Prologue Time Trial

MATANGI STATION

Details

  • Friday 11th March 2022
  • Race Start 10am onwards
  • 15km single-track loop with 550m elevation gain
  • Teams/individuals set off at 30sec intervals
  • An exciting and exhilarating course that will set the tone for what’s to come over the weekend
  • Make sure you bring your 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 road 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

Earnscleugh Station

Details

  • Saturday 12th March 2022
  • 7.45am & 8.05am Race Start
  • Mass start stage (split into two groups due to Covid-19 restrictions)
  • 56km 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 13km from Alexandra at Fraser Domain, accessed off Strode Road in Earnscleugh.

**NOTE: this is a different start area from the 2021 event

GPS Coordinates are: -45.20737, 169.30436

From Alexandra, you cross the Clutha river bridge and head towards Clyde on Earnscleugh Rd then take a left onto Fraser  Rd, and then a right onto Strode Rd/Fraser Domain Rd. The domain is at the end of the road.

Please note as this stage course uses the entry to the Domain at the start we will need all vehicles off the road by 7.30am, to allow for the first group to start unimpeded.

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. Due to Covid-19 guidelines there is no spectator access to the Aid Station

Stage 2

MATANGI STATION

Details

  • Sunday 13th March 2022
  • 7.45am & 8.05am Race Starts
  • Mass start stage (split into two groups due to Covid-19 guidelines)
  • 58km loop with 1900m elevation gain
  • 99% Singletrack Stage 🙂
  • 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.
  • Prospector is the only 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 Woolshed. 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 7.30am, 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). Due to Covid-19 guidelines there is no spectator access to the Aid Station

 

Start List for 2023

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. A drop point will be provided each morning prior to race start.

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 to reach the Aid Station. A cut off time is implemented to ensure the safety of riders, volunteers and support staff.