The event seeks to provide an inviting country atmosphere for the whole family…mountain biking the way it should be. We offer plenty of generous performance and spot prizes, including cash from Southern Cross Health Society, Chain Reaction Cycles vouchers, fresh meat packs (legendary) and bottles of Charles Wiffen wines.
There are 2 course options, with fitter riders able to opt for the ‘Epic’ course, which continues climbing approximately 1km beyond the Kaiwara Saddle to traverse the tops before rejoining the existing course at Sod Hut corner further down the Ethelton Valley. Whilst only 2km longer than the traditional ‘Challenge’ course, the additional climbs are steep and the track much rougher – but the views are fantastic. See the course page for a detailed description.
8.30am to 10.00am
How to get there:
At Culverden turn east at Mobil Service Station into St. Leonards Road.
Both races start at the junction of St. Leonards and Isolated Hill roads at the base of the Lowry Hills Range.
Approximately 10.20am on the start line – all riders must attend.
10.30am – immediately after the race briefing at the intersection of St Leonards Road and Isolated Hill Road (Culverden). Both the Challenge and Epic courses start together.
Cheviot Rugby Grounds (Ward Road, Cheviot).
Approximately 2:30pm with major place and spot prizes being awarded. The Race Director reserves the right to commence the prizegiving prior to all riders completing the course if that is in the best interests of the majority of competitors.
Southern Cross Health Society $500 Cash prize will be awarded to the fastest male and female to complete the Epic course. There will also be a $100 cash prize for the fastest male and female to complete the Challenge Course courtesy of the Cheviot 4 Square supermarket.
Food and Water:
You will need to liquids and food to sustain you throughout the ride. You will be able to stop and get additional water at drink stations at KAIWARA SADDLE (top of the first climb) and before the climb up the RANDOM SPUR. Estimate how long it will take you to complete the ride and ensure you have enough food for the number of hours you will be riding. Carry out any litter!!
In the interest of competitor safety the Kaiwara Road will be closed to all support vehicle traffic. Support vehicles have two options to get to the finish line in Cheviot (both take approximately one hour).Travelling North to Waiau Township then through the Leader Road to SH1, turning right (south) to Cheviot before turning right onto Ward Road to the Cheviot Rugby Grounds (on the outskirts of town) or;
Supporters may travel South on SH7 to Waikari Township, turning left at the Star and Garter Hotel through the Scargill Valley and turning left (North) on to SH1 to Cheviot before turning left onto Ward Road to the Cheviot Rugby Grounds (on the outskirts of town).