Stage briefing & safety

Day 1- Whites Bay Friday 8th March 

Transport

Please car pool to Whites bay if possible. The day starts and finishes in the same location.  Please park responsibly to allow other users of Whites bay to access parking areas. Please take care on the road as its narrow with lots of tight corners. Expect other traffic. Registration starts at 9:00 am with a safety briefing at 11:30 am, please be ready to ride. There is no drinking water available during the race stage. Water at campsite is naturally sourced. Start in 30 second intervals. 

Course Description

Total Distance: 18km 1162m+ 1162m-

Liaison climb +-2KM on Black Jack Walking Track. Uphill climbing use only. Cross the public road and climb just to the left the 4wd track for another 2km. This track may be used by other users (mountain bikes, motorbikes and 4wd’s). Obey road rules and kept left at all times. Climb a further 2km single track to the intersection with the Mt Robertson loop track.  The race stage starts here heading left down the loop track. 

Stage 1: 3.5km 448m descent: (10 min) The tack descends 600 vertical meters over the 4km long  single track.  The track has some narrow native bush sections with exposed roots and rocks. Approximately half way down there is a very steep but short climb. From here the trail widens and becomes faster towards the finish line. The most significant hazard on this trail is clipping a tree at speed or falling and landing on a tree route or rock. Please ride within your own ability. 

Liaison: Take Road back to campsite (do not take walking track) and repeat the climb of Black Jack and the 4WD road. At the end of 4WD track is beginning of Stage 2.

Stage 2: 1.2km 296m descent (3min) Steep short stage with clay surface, tight turns and small catch berms. Roots and small drops. Some jump options that must be cleared, cannot be rolled, go around options will be available. At end of stage be careful as you rejoin public road back to the campsite. BBQ and drinks await. 

Please do not drop any rubbish. 

Safety

The road is a public road and will remain open to other users.  You must obey the road rules at all times. Keep left. No natural obstacles are marked.  Please ride within your own ability at all times.  If you are unsure of an obstacle, get off and walk.

Specific hazards

Trees close to the edge of the track and rocks on the track. 

Steep Chutes, Small drop some jumps. High speed. 

 

Emergency procedures

If you come across an injured rider you must stop and provide assistance (we will adjust your time). 

  1. Stay with the rider, pass on the info to the next rider who will report it to marshal at stage finish, remain with rider until one of our medical staff arrive, do not move them if you expect spinal or neck injury.  The next medical rider will provide instructions for you to follow. 

  2. If you pull out of a stage you must notify a race official, they will instruct you on the safest way for you to get out of the race stage. You must follow their direction, you must also report to the finish line so we know your safe

 

Day 2- Nydia Bay Saturday 9th March

Transport

Drive to the Rai Valley side of Opouri saddle. There will be parking provided, look for signs.  Please car pool to this point when possible. There is no water onsite but there will be a coffee cart. Timing chip pickup from 8-8.30 am, stage briefing is at 8.30am and riders must be ready to ride. After the briefing riders will line up for the van shuttle in category order. Masters, Open, Pro. Please make sure you have your race plate on and timing chip.

Before you leave Havelock consider your return transport options as you will end up at Kaiuma bay. 

1. Drop a car at Kaiuma bay the morning of the event (or night before) so you can car shuttle back. This will be the quickest turnaround. 

2. Wait for shuttle provided by the organisation. 

3. Arrange pick up from friend or family member. 

4. Catch pre-booked water taxi from Kaiuma Bay back to Havelock. See website for details. Quickest and most scenic option. 

 

Course Description

Today is a long physical day consisting of four technically demanding stages.

Total Distance: 35km 1126m+ 1580m-

 

Stage 1: 4.2km 471m descent (12-14 min) Has several corners which tighten as they turn and have the potential for injury.  Stage one needs to be ridden with caution. Narrow benched trail with drop off to the side. At the end of stage 1 you will ride on a public road for approximately 2km. The road is a public road and will remain open to other users.  You must obey the road rules at all times. Keep left. There is water on the Duncan Bay Jetty and toilets before the jetty. Be extra careful not to drop or leave litter or snack wrappers. Pack it out.  

If you find Stage 1 a challenge the next 3 stages are very similar. Stage 1 is the only location you will have an option to withdraw from the event.  Please wait at the end of stage 1 for one of the medical riders if you wish to withdraw from the day and we will arrange van transport for you.  

Stage 2: 3.6km 370m descent (13-15 min) has several rocky outcrops.  After approximately 400m of riding there is a right hand corner followed by a large rock drop of approximately 800mm. It is marked. Keep left if you want to ride the drop or dismount and walk to the right. Approximately 20 min after the finish of the stage  there is a compulsory lunch stop at “On the Track” in Nydia Bay for lunch. Lunch is open from 12 to 2pm. All shoes off to use lodge facilities.  Access to stage 3 will be open at 1:30pm. Follow the Marshal out from “On The Track” 

Stage 3: 1.7km 259m descent (6-7min) This stage is similar to stage 2.  Towards the end of the sage it opens up into pine forest. Take care as there are hidden obstacles at handle bar height.

Stage 4: 1.5km 212m descent (3min) This is a very fast wide track and can be ridden quickly.  There are several corners which tighten as they turn but generally there are fewer hazards. Loose rocks and high speed corners. 

Safety

The road is a public road.  You must obey the road rules at all times. Most obstacles are unmarked.  Ride within your own ability at all times.  If you are unsure of an obstacle, get off and walk. Some river crossings and other obstacles mid stage unridable dismount and climb down or over. 

Specific hazards

Trees close to the edge of the track, rocks, roots and drops. Exposure.

Emergency procedures

If you come across an injured rider you must stop and provide assistance (we will adjust your time). 

  1. Stay with the rider until one of our medical staff arrive, do not move them if you expect spinal or neck injury.  The next medical rider will provide instructions for you to follow. 

  2. If you pull out of a stage you must notify a race official, they will instruct you on the safest way for you to get out of the race stage. You must follow their direction, you must also report to the finish line so we know your safe

 

Day 3- Wakamarina Sunday 10th March

Transport

Carpool from the Canvastown hotel to Butchers flat carpark if possible.  Park away from the helicopter landing zones.  Please do not leave any loose items on the ground. Registration from 8am to 8.30am briefing at 9am ready to ride. Please follow all instructions of the Helicopter crew when near the helicopters.  There will be a safety briefing prior to entering the helicopter zone.  Please line up Masters, Open, Pro. Fastest ranked riders last. 

Weather contingency- you will be informed on Saturday afternoon if the Helicopters cannot fly because of poor weather. If this occurs, all riders are to meet at the Canvastown Hotel at 7.30am.  With a combination of vans and car pooling we will drive to the Onamalutu Domain (Onamalutu Rd, north bank of Wairau river). From here we will van shuttle you to the start of the track.  Stage 1 would start at Fosters clearing not Fosters hut. Riders when finished would shuttle and car pool to pick up remaining cars at Onamalutu domain after prize giving.

Course Description

Total Distance: 15km 498m + 1450-. Today consists of three stages. All 3 stages are native bush with roots and rocks. Additional 7km climb if helicopter can’t fly. 

Stage 1: 2.9km 360m Descent (8min estimated fastest time)  This is a longer stage with a challenging stream half way through. There are a number of steep climbs.  The stage finishes with a technical, exposed descent into a small stream. The stage timer is 5m past the stream crossing, riders must end the stage with their bikes and keep moving out the way for the next rider.  

Stage 2: 3.2km 816m Descent (12min estimated fastest time) will be a highlight for many riders. it is a 900m descent with no climbing. Do not short cut corners we have staff on the course. There is a tricky root drop between trees which is marked.

 Stage 3: 1.6km 144m Descent (4min estimated fastest time) This is a very fast stage which requires a lot of peddling. Please take care on the section of track at the end of this stage.  it is very exposed with a long drop into the river.  

Safety

One drop is marked. Slippery river crossings.  Ride within your own ability at all times.  If you are unsure of an obstacle, get off and walk. 

Specific hazards

Trees close to the edge of the track, rocks and roots. Please listen to the instructions relating to the helicopter operations.  

 

Emergency procedures

If you come across an injured rider you must stop and provide assistance (we will adjust your time). 

1. Stay with the rider until one of our medical staff arrive, do not move them if you expect spinal or neck injury. 

                 The next medical rider will provide instructions for you to follow. 

2 . If you pull out of a stage you must notify a race official, they will instruct you on the safest way for you to get out of the race stage. You must follow their direction, you must also report to the finish line so we know your safe.