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EPIC day for a EPIC ride

Date: April 27th, 2018

A particularly cold start (frozen water bottles!!!!) did give way to a beautifily clear sunny day which brought about near-record breaking results and a lot of smilesand allowed you all to enjoy the magic scenery that is a big part of this ride.

Race of the day has to go the Classic Open Men’s. Close racing with the lead changing and only the final sprint to the line after 95km splitting the lads up with seconds between them.

Tim Rush from Oamaru managed to fend off course record holder, Dougal Allan, by 6 mins to take out the signature EPIC race. New comer to the Epic saw multi sport athlete, Simone Maier, keep our super model, Kath Kelly from her 8th Epic victory.

Mike Sangster from Alexandra went from a 3rd in the Epic last year to a victory in the 100miler this year. Ronel Cook from Dunedin moved from a 2nd last year to a first this year, also in the Centurion

To see the results from all the categories click HERE 



The date is set….. April 13, 2019.

Get in early!! Tell your mates to get in early!! We don’t like disappointing anyone but the smooth running of the race is in part due to our concrete cut off. We will return 75% of your entry fee before March 30 for any reason so there are no excuses.

Epic and Classic entries are open NOW click HERE to enter. We hope to have the rest sorted by the end of May. We will post on FB when these are open.


There are some phenomenal shots of this remote terrain with you as the lead character. You can view and purchase HERE 

If you don’t like to brag then just buy some merchandise. Cycle jerseys and tees are still available online via our merchandise page click HERE.

If you missed out on a sticker and you would like anyone driving behind you to know where you were on the weekend please just drop us an email and we will post out to you.


If completing NZ’s ultimate and most remote mountain bike event didn’t give you enough of a feel-good factor then have a look at what else your money did.

Tea and scones raised over $1400 for the Pony Club to import and subsidise a coach for the local children. Bike wash raised $1100 for the Mount Aspiring College 1st 11’s trip to Wellington. Your entry fees and Contact donations helped fund $6000 to local community volunteer groups and an additional $13 000 will be part of a community fund that locals can access. A group of riders raised over $1500 for CANTEEN.

And we had a group of 12 riders who rode for children living in extreme poverty in Africa. These SO THEY CAN riders raised over $2500. If you wish to support further by sponsoring a child please contact Raewyn on raewyn.phipps@xtra.co.nz .


These will be sitting outside                          14 Hidden Hills Dr until Sunday night.

Feel free to send someone around to check/collect if you have lost something. After that date they will be taken to the recycling centre.


We have had some great feedback about the race from a lot of riders on Facebook and via email.

We work hard to keep improving your experiance and welcome your views and how we can achieve this.

We acknowledge that it was a little too cold this year and will have the temperature increased by  4 or 5 degrees for next year. Other than that please feel free to email us at info@lmsevents.co.nz.


Keep an eye on our FB page as we are posting stories and photos from the event. We look forward to seeing you all next year for Contact Epic 2019 and thank you for your part in making this great day what is was.


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Entries Close Tomorrow: 31 March

Date: March 29th, 2018

Enter now as its your last chance to be part of the 2018 Contact Epic

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Feb 2018 Newsletter

Date: February 28th, 2018


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Post race 2017

Date: April 28th, 2017

Post Race review 2017

10 Years of Epic – Done
The next 10 starts now April 14 2018 – Enter Now!

For 2017 race finishers we have just opened the entries for next year. So grab the early bird price and commit to another awesome day at the Contact Epic.

There will only be 100 places for the Centurion so if you dont want to miss out you know what to do. Click here to enter

If you missed on the night—just email your postal address and we will get one out to you.

Lots of photos and stories being posted. Please join our page here and review the event.

Are now available for purchase on line at www.studio5.co.nz . Amazing shots of an amazing experience. Photo books are available and are great coffee table adages, perfect for families that competed and ideal for a group from a business.

We still have a number of cycle shirts and tees for sale. Just go online here as the online price includes postage.

Race Review
Once again, an outstanding effort on your ride both on and off the course.  Thank you for being part of this event for the past 10 years or even if this was your first Contact Epic experience.

Our volunteers commented on how appreciative riders were of them taking the time out of their weekend to assist.

The weather played its part in what turned out to be another great day for a bike ride. We take full credit for that. It takes a lot of sleepless nights, religious interventions and IOUs to pull off a good day like that.

Sorry we don’t have the space to comment on every merit category.

The Traverse race was dominated by Mitch Tawera of Wanaka 2 mins off the course record in 1:16, followed by the next 3 fastest, as students, Ethan Rose of Coalgate in 1:20.26, Campbell Wright of Wanaka 1:20.27 and Josh Miller from Gore in 1:23.

In the Woman’s race another mix of speed was spread between the fastest, Emily Heath a Wanaka student in 1:42,Open Woman Jessica Besley of Auckland in 1:44 and Vet Woman Belinda Lancaster of Christchurch  in 3rd at 1:47.

From a racing perspective, it was time for some new blood in the Epic. Edwin Crossling from Wellington did an outstanding time in this first attempt in 4:39 and was only 3 mins off our 2012 course record set by Dougal Allan. I am very much hoping Dougal, James Williamson (injured this year) and Edwin will all be on the start line next year. Second and third was shared by Wanaka local John Mezger and Mike Sangster from Alexandra respectively with a one second between the two. There must have been a gentleman’s agreement there.

The women’s title was narrowly claimed by Jo Williams of Wanaka in 5:31 with Soozie Wood of Nelson just 30 seconds back and Nina McVicar of Christchurch pulling in at 3rd in 5:39.

The Classic race held a few surprises with the Mens open winner being Richard Anderson of Wanaka in  4:09 (a minute out from the course record).  Our youngest competitor Archie Martinovich from Christchurch at 15 yrs old came 2nd with Ty Sargerson at 16 yrs just 30 seconds behind.  There were some good riders in the Classic and this just shows how talented these young guys are, well done.

For the Classic woman’s race, interestingly 4 vet woman were amongst the fastest time and should have entered the open to claim the money prize. However only one was faster than Sarah Gillespie a regularly Wanaka contender won the Open Woman’s in 5:41, 2nd was Kimberly Baker of Christchurch in 6:02 and Lisa Mcfarlane of Wanaka coming home in 3rd.

The soldiers took on 100 miles of Epic for the first time this year. The first 35 km of the Traverse was quite challenging given the darkness and thick fog that sat around the course making it very erie and difficult to see the direction arrows. They all got off the course before the cut off and appeared ahead or behind the Epic riders.

So the bragging rights for winning the first Centurion and obviously setting the time to beat was Shaun Portegys from Alexandra who has graced the podium many times over the years. He cracked that out in 6:41 hrs. Dave Drake of Hawea Flat rolled in in 2nd place at 6:56 with Simon Callaghan from Gore 3rd at 6:57. Both Dave and Shaun could have raced in the Vets and Simon in the Masters division. It looks like we get faster and tougher with age ;-).

Floortje Grimmett of Wanaka set the bench mark for the woman to beat at 7:31. Ronel Cook of Dunedin coming in in 2nd at 7:40 and Whitney Dagg of Christchurch at 8:48 in third.

A big thank you to our bike mechanics, Jeremy and William from Racers Edge. These lads turned a bad day for some into a good one again with their magic. Racers Edge also provided the spare bikes for our broken down riders.

The prize giving was good fun, so thank you for being part of it, particularly Kath Kelly, Steve Gurney, Eddie Spearing and Richard Anderson who have a wicked sense of humour and were once again great ambassadors modelling the superb riding kit from our generous sponsors.

The character of our riders is evident, the camaraderie, helping each other out, and appreciating that the journey is the destination …Awesome!!

Well done to you all again, you have helped raise the bar for endurance MTBing events in NZ and are part of select group of people who know that “if you suffer now you’ll live the rest of your life as a champion”

As the race turns 11 next year, we look forward to seeing you all again to celebrate this or simply to defend your titles, take some photos, just enjoy a cup of tea and a scone at the Dingle Burn Cafe. Some may want to do a PB, others take care of unfinished business, step up to the Centurion, Epic or Classic, or take some family and friends with you on the Traverse,  it’s all a matter of whatever blows your hair back and keeps you out on your bike.

So from the Team at LMS Events, thank you for being part of this adventure and remember if you loved the race tell your friends, if it was too hard and hurt like hell tell your enemies.
Either way, train hard, race easy and we’ll see you next year:  April 14, 2018
Fastest time 6:41
Most value for money 11:31
Epic  125km
Fastest time 4:39 hrs
Most value for money time 11:17hrs
Classic – 95km
Fastest time 4:09
Most value for money time 10:32hrs
Traverse – 35km
Fastest time 1:16
Most value for money time 3:23

Last Man Standing Competition – 10 Epics back to back Number remaining 20

Money donated to local community groups via event $22,000


Ahh the relief……good times

Centurion winner about to draw the sword of courage

Birthday cake at the Green Bush aid station

Gents.. we dont have time for this. weve got a race to win

You may have been hurting too much to notice this…

But you biked around it.

Ty on the fly

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1 week to go: Newsletter

Date: April 15th, 2017

Congratulations….. You a one of almost 700 people gearing up for the Contact Epic next week.

Good luck to those competing in NZ’s first 100 mile event the Centurion! It doesn’t matter who rides this in the future you will always have been the first.

Now that you have done the training, the goal is to get to the start line without injury, and feeling fresh. Take care!

“Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail”

Never a truer word spoken about the Contact Epic. This event is all about self-responsibility. We open this door once a year and you guys and gals ride through it. But if you haven’t got your bike sorted, checked the weather and got the right gear; if you don’t know how you are going to feed the machine on your journey around the lake then you may be lamenting a missed opportunity.

Remember …. ” No Shortcuts, No Cotton Wool and No Excuses” so prepare for the worst!

EPIC Ride, EPIC Love,10 years on

In 2008 Aaron Nicholson, Mike Johnston, Dr Andrew Mcleod and Bruce Lysaght did the very fist recce of the Epic course. 10 years later the 26 inch wheels are now 29, but nothing else has changed…..We took some photos, left a few tyre prints and had a great day in the back country….Please feel free to do the same.



If you can’t make the race we would appreciate a quick email or text prior.  This just makes logistics smoother and our volunteers’ tasks easier.

If you now want to drop down a category, again email us over the next couple of days at Info@contactepic.co.nz and we will be able to make the change for you.  We want you to enjoy the magic of this ride and not turn it into a sufferfest.

Course information etc

Hopefully everything you need to know about the race, course, aid stations, parking, bus rides to Kidds Bush etc is on the website.  Take some time to read through the information that matters to you. www.contactepic.co.nz

We welcome you to the 10th anniversary of the Contact Epic. Outside of the significant challenge of each ride, the outstanding scenery, ridiculously good scones at the Dingle Burn, the event is special because of the characters it attracts, the sense of comaradire, support, fun and can-do attitude that our competitors bring.


Important to note.

Registration is between 3 and 9 at the Hawea Hotel  and is compulsory. There is no opportunioty to register on the morning of the race.  Please check your transponder with our timing guy then as any issues must be solved prior to 9pm Friday. Some spot prizes are given out there. Remember to bring your confirmation!

Course Briefing
Full written briefing will be given to you at registration and will also be on our home page as well.

Carbo loading meal
Hawea Hotel has a great pasta meal on Friday night which is available from our site for just $19.00 Click HERE  to order
They are also available from registration on the night for $25. Families are welcome to purchase as well.

Tees and jerseys will be available for purchase at the registration and on race day. Purchase HERE

Tea and Scones
For those of you new to the Contact Epic there is a ‘once a year café’ at the Dingle Burn station to raise funds for the local pony club. They provide tea and scones for riders in exchange for a donation. Remember paper is lighter than metal!

Classic riders
In the Classic?? Make sure you don’t have to get back on the bike you just threw in the bin at the end of the race. Be sure to book the bus to the start line so you can leave your car at the finish line. This needs to be sorted before Friday.
Bookings: +64 3 443-9120 or Click HERE
Peter King Cell: +64 274 51 52 51
Email: info@alpineconnexions.co.nz
Web: www.alpineconnexions.co.nz

NOTE: there is no transportation back to Kidds Bush at the end of the race.

Not booked your accommodation yet? Book into the relaxing self-contained Oakridge Resort, which includes the use of heated outdoor pools and spa pools. The best place to be on Sunday morning!! Let them know you are riding the Contact Epic and they will give you a 15% discount.
Click HERE to enquire

Birthday Cake

Yes, we want to celebrate our birthday with you! And the team at So They Can want to celebrate your generosity to this cause so they have made over 130 pieces of birthday cake for you all to enjoy at Green Bush Hut. Save your money for the Tea and Scones–this one is on us! Or you can make a donation to So They Can’s givealittle page HERE


So They Can

Yes, you can ride for them!

LMS Events has aligned with the charity So They Can www.sotheycan.org to support So They Can in raising awareness and funds for over 300 of the neediest children in Kenya. We have 20 riders riding for these children.

If anyone would like to ride for a child on Saturday or take on a long-term sponsor of one of these children please contact So They Can CEO Cassandra Treadwell at cassandra@sotheycan.org. Look for the hearts on the day!


To celebrate their involvement with the Contact Hawea Epic, Trek Bikes are giving away 6 pairs of Bontrager Mountain Bike Tyres. Simply fill in the entry form HERE with your details and preferred tyre model and be in to win a pair of tyres valued over $200.

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CENTURION 100 miles of Epic (160km) – The timid need not apply

Date: October 19th, 2016

This course is new for 2017, and is all three courses rolled into one. It involves competitors starting at 5:30am in the dark (front and rear light mandatory) and completing the Traverse course and then rolling on to do the Epic course. Due to the length of this challenge it is highly recommended  that competitors  can or have completed the Epic Course in under 7:00hrs. Cut offs for this will be 2:00hr to completed the Traverse Course (35km) to be off the course before the official Traverse riders start at 7:30am.

Riders will then continue up SH6 on the Epic course either in front of or behind the Epic starters depending on how long it takes to complete the Traverse course. The overall Contact Epic rule applies, that is, if you have not passed the Bluffs on the Dingle Burn Station before last light you will be withdrawn from the race.

The Epic course remains the flagstone event for prize money. Last Man Standing competitors may compete in the Centurion or Epic but if they fail to reach any of the cuts offs they will be withdrawn from the LMS competition accordingly.

However for the super-fit who want to be part of this inaugural race and join the new Centurion 100 mile club this is the race for you.

See below for Epic and Traverse course descriptions.

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PRE RACE BRIEFING 2016 – Must Knows

Date: April 14th, 2016

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Welcome to Lake Hawea and the 9th annual Contact Epic. The LMS Events team congratulates you on getting this far, next is the easy bit, just hop on your bike on Saturday morning and keep pedaling until we say stop. We’ll even give you a medal for your efforts.



  • The race starts at 7.00am. It’s a case of first up best dressed for start line positions. If you wish to be near the front you need to get there early. However, for everyone’s safety if you are not a serious contender please do not stack up at the front or ride in the middle of a bunch. For Epic riders, if you are not in the starting chute by 6.55am you will be held up on the dam itself and have to join the back of the pack as it leaves the start chute.
  • Toilets are located at the Hawea Hotel or the portaloo near the start line for Epic riders. The Hawea Hotel will be open for coffee and breakfast from 5.00am. For parking in the morning follow the signs to the rear of the Hawea Hotel where on the top level there is a large paddock for parking. No parking please on the roads leading to the dam. Drivers, be aware of cyclists riding down-hill from the hotel to the start line in the dark. Bike lights are required during the hours of darkness.
  • For the Classic, toilets are located in the Kidds Bush camping area or via the portaloo next to the start line. The start line is on the grass on the eastern end of the reserve. A reminder to supporters that dogs are not allowed at Kidds Bush. Also remember to leave straight after the start or stay (for 1.5 hrs) until the Epic riders have come past as this will reduce vehicles V cyclists on Mead Rd heading back to SH6.
  • Parking, follow the marshals’ directions to parking areas. It will take approximately 45-55 mins from Wanaka to get to Kidds Bush. For those getting the shuttle bus to Kidds Bush, the pick up is from the front of the Hawea Hotel at 5.30 am and is independently organised through Alpine Coachlines 03 443 4665. There is no return trip to Kidds Bush after the race.
  • The track is dry and boney in parts so picking a smooth line will pay dividends in terms of flats and broken running gear. The river crossing should be about knee high unless you pick the wrong line or we get unexpected rain in the head waters.
  • If you are crossing the river, don’t just follow the herd. Our guys will mark the ideal entry and exit points. Spot your exit point down river before you start. Head off on a 45 degree angle as opposed to going straight across. Keep your bike above the water if possible, if not, keep it on the down river side of you. If you are not sure, ask for help. Remember the 1st Aid Station is just 2 km from the river crossing.
  • Apart from the existing track hazards of: loose and exposed rock, narrow tracks, fast descents, steep exposure at the tracks edge at times and wandering stock etc there is a significant hazard about 6km north of the high point on the Hunter Valley side.  There is a short, steep track of loose gravel leading into a right hand bend over a wooden bridge with no side rails and a 2 meter drop to the creek below. It’s easily negotiated in the normal course of riding but we will have a marshal on the road just prior to the descent to the bridge to remind you of this hazard as you approach.


  • The Traverse 7:30am start is the same as the Epic start only you will be heading in the other direction. Come early to cheer on the Epic riders as they leave.
  • For the Traverse riders, your biggest hazard will be crossing Camp Hill Rd at the 5km and again at the 30km mark. Marshals will manage that crossing point so please slow down and be prepared to stop if asked or if vehicles are on the road. On Course, there are black printed arrows on signs to indicate any track / course deviation from the one you are on. See the COURSE page of the website for a detailed description and map.
  • For the Traverse riders, the Hawea River Track remains open to the public so please show the appropriate courtesy and share the space if you see other track users.


  • There are no road closures. Normal road rules apply to all roads and 4×4 tracks on all courses at all times. You may encounter a 4×4 vehicle coming towards you on the private Hunter, Dingle Burn or Hawea River 4×4 tracks. This will be in emergency cases only as they will be heading to an accident site, so always ride in control. However there are a few private vehicles on both sides of the valley as the Roar is on and they are there hunting, we cannot control their movements so keep focused and be aware.
  • Note to Self, nothing upsets our land owners more than seeing piles of rubbish left behind by riders as they go about their business after the event. If we don’t have the land owners on board all we get to do is look at the Hunter and Dingle in photos instead of being able to ride around and enjoy it. So it doesn’t matter if you are coming first or last, your rubbish is your rubbish. Own it, love it, and keep it. Hand it in at the finish and you might win a $300 Rab –bish collector clothing voucher. If you are seen dropping rubbish you will be disqualified.
  • The Contact Epic Riders 2016 Goal: Zero rubbish on course. Are you up for a challenge within a challenge? We hope so.
  • Weather:  (12:41pm 14 Apr )  Fine with thickening high cloud / Northerly developing. Over night 11° / 19°High / Sunrise 7:15am
  • Again this year we will be using transponders so please attach them securely to your LEFT ankle and under your sock (and if you remember, at the finish, transponder ankle down when you cross the timing mats by the entrance to the hotel). If you lose this transponder please tell a race official and the finish line attendants as soon as you can. It would also pay to take note of the rider who finishes just ahead and behind.
  • There are no planned route changes to the Epic, Classic or Traverse courses at the time of printing (Friday am).
  • We do not accept transferred entries. For professional and medical reasons we need to know who is on the course and what medical conditions etc they may have in case of emergencies. If you withdraw from the race, PLEASE inform a marshal ASAP and do not cross the transponder mats if you are back in the garden bar with your transponder still on. Transponders are to be handed to the staff at the finish line please.
  • Very Important Note. Keep left on all track and roads. Particularly so on the fast descents and do not change suddenly from one side of the 4×4 track to the other as faster cyclists trying to pass could end up in your spokes and both of you will, at best, end up in a heap on the ground. Be prepared for the passing cyclist to call out that they are coming through “on the right” and keep to your line. For this safety reason we do not recommend IPODs.
  • The above point is particularly important for the slower Classic riders that will be caught and passed by the faster Epic riders. So keep left on the descents, ride in control at all times and indicate your intentions early.
  • Bunch Riding can be dangerous: If you are not familiar with Bunch Riding please stay out of them. We tend to get one significant crash from the bunch riding on the road each year and we would really like none. This will mainly affect the Epic riders. Remember these rules: Be predictable with all actions, Avoid sudden braking and changes of direction or speed, Be smooth with turns at the front of the bunch, Always retire to the back of the bunch, Pedal downhill, Point out obstacles, Don’t overlap wheels, Do not panic if you brush shoulders, hands or bars with another rider, Look ahead, Obey the road rules.
  • Remember to take your gold coin (paper is lighter) donation for the tea and scones at the Dingle Burn Café (Epic/Classic only).
  • Some of our spot prizes will be handed out at registration with the major spot prizes and the new BMC hard tail MTB being given away at the prize giving itself.
  • You will receive a Contact Epic Vehicle sticker at registration, please place this on your car for two chances to be first at prize giving to pick from our top selection of spot prizes on our models. Traverse prize giving, 11 am / Epic and Classic 5.30pm approx.
  • If you want your bike cleaned after the race for $5, we have a couple of young fellas who are raising money for a school trip at the finish line who will do a good job for you. So by the time you have had your 2nd beer the bike should be looking like new again. This means you can put it straight in the garage and not think about it again for a few weeks without feeling too guilty.
  • Most importantly be safe out there. Focus on the journey, not the destination. If an opportunity arises to help someone out with a break down or at crash then take it. Karma will pay you back in spades in due course. Record your time lost and we will credit it back to you. If the weather turns nasty welcome the opportunity to test your positive mental attitude. Given your good planning and preparedness you will already know it’s coming.
  • If you are unsure about whether you will need lights, take them just in case. It will be dark just after 6.30pm. If you are not past the Dingle Bluffs by last light you will be withdrawn from the race. If you are still on the Traverse course at this time you should be calling for help!!
  • Enjoy



The Contact Epic is a way of celebrating this.



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2016 Race Entries

Date: April 6th, 2016

633 Hardy soles have said, “I’m up for this race.”

356 in the Epic, 204 in the Classic and 74 in the Traverse. Remember that no one has ever done enough training so do not fret.

We are looking forward to hosting you again for our 9th year.  You bring the good weather and we’ll supply the most scenic and challenging single day bike race in the country.

What you do need to avoid is breaking any of your important parts before the race starts.  Getting to the start line fresh is now the focus along with a bit of speed work on the way.

If, however, for some reason you can’t make it please let us know as soon as possible, thanks.

This race is about support and encrougement for those that are pushing their envelopes.  We are also about values and a rubbish-free course is important to us, the landowners and a lot of our riders. So Rab is giving away a $300 clothing voucherto the person who comes over the finish line with the most rubbish from the Course.  It’s the Rab-bish Collector Challenge.

Registration is complusory for everyone on Friday night. You cannot register on the morning of the race.

Carbo loading meal? want to join us for a Pasta meal on Friday night when you register? Meals are available for only $19 by clicking Here.

We have a new nurtition and hydration suppliers, Clif bars andgels along with nuun hydration. Check the website out here under Aid Stations if you need any further info on this.

Haven’t booked accommodation yet? Then take advantage of the Epic specials at the Oakridge Resort with great room options and the best hot pools in town.

There is still the odd bed left at the Lake Hawea Hotel.

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Newsletter final –2015

Date: April 16th, 2015

Contact Epic competitors goal 2015: Zero Rubbish on course – hard core mountain biking is about carrying everything in and everything out.

Tea and scones:

Will again be on offer at the Dingleburn Station in exchange for a donation to the Pony Club. Remember paper is lighter than metal 🙂

Change of Course:

We need to check off each rider at the river crossing. For this reason there will be a short channel taped off for you to ride through. Please oblige with this. It can save us a lot of work and angst at the other end of the day.

For those of you who have ridden the track before, unless the rivers rise, we will not be riding over the Dingle Bridge but will be going below and crossing the Dingle Burn River.


If you need to withdraw at any stage please let us know. ESPECIALLY if you have registered.

Registration is compulsory. Please bring a copy of your confirmation and get your transponder checked at the timing station to confirm you are entered correctly. Your race briefing will be in written form and will be handed to you at registration. Please be sure to read that night!

Carbo Loading Pasta Meals:
There will be a limited number available at registration for $25 per head.


It is the weather in the mountains that is most likely to affect the course. I sure you have all been watching the cold front sneaking up the West Coast on Friday. As you know, it’s more about what’s happening in the head waters of the Hunter Valley of Friday than on the course on Saturday. Our safety officer will be constantly observing the river levels on Friday and our final decision on the course will be made at 2pm on Friday just before registration.

Keep your radio tuned to Radio Wanaka (92.2) and keep an eye on FB. We will let you know any necessary changes as soon as it is possible.

At this stage it’s looking like we will attempt the full circumnavigation. So you need to consider the contingencies:
• If we go with the circumnavigation and the river is still too high in the morning then riders may have to turn around at the Hunter River and ride back to Hawea along the Hunter and the main road.
• If there is too much rain on Friday and we have to do the alternative course then the Classic and Epic riders will start on the dam and ride the Dingle Burn side up and back.

The good news is that the weather won’t effect the Traverse Riders ;-).


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Pre Race Newsletter April 6, 2015

Date: April 12th, 2015

Congratulations on making entry into NZ’s Ultimate  MTB Challenge! In less than two weeks you will be on the startline with 700 others.


Classic riders

Remember there is no return transportation. A bus is available through Aspiring Coachlines. Contact details are Phone 064 3 443-4665

Email: info@good-sports.co.nz


Please book before the end of the business day, April 17.


Cycle jerseys and tees are available from the online store. We have a limited number so don’t miss out. It is the most subtle way you can let your fellow riders know you have completed NZ’s Ultimate mountain biking challenge!


Prerace Pasta Meal

Tickets are still available for this. Again, purchase from the store. Look out at your future challenge while enjoying the Hawea Hotel’s hospitality.




Our gold sponsor Oakridge, have put on a brilliant deal for competitors this year. This includes the use of the spa pools and large heated pool so just perfect for post-race recovery!


There are also a limited number of rooms available at the Hawea Hotel.




is COMPULSORY and from 3pm until 8.30pm. It is VITAL that you get your timer checked at registration.  You are required to bring your confirmation email.


You can move down a category between now and the race, but not up. Please email your details if you wish to do so.


If you need to withdraw for any reason please just flick a quick email. It makes logistics a lot smoother when we know your intentions. Thanks.

LMS Contenders

Yes, we are now down to what looks like 22 riders in contention for the kitty. Below are the list of LMS contenders. Please email us if we have omitted or incorrectly included anyone.

Alex Dodds
Andrew Mitchell
Andrew McLeod
Andrew Pellowe
Bruce Thomson
Christine Stowell
Craig Ross
Darren Clay
Dave Cowie
Dean Winton
Dutchy Vermeulen
Grant Fyfe
Ian Shore
John Burke
John McKie
Kath Kelly
Malcolm Patterson
Mark Adam
Mark Lankow
Michael Wright
Neil Ofee
Paul Page
Tony Culshaw
Richelle Adams



 Support Crew

Looking for something to do on the day while cyclists are hard at work?

Fire Sale and Market Day on the Green beside Sailz Lake Hawea 10 -2 on 18th April, Epic Race Day. Stall holders welcome. $20 each. All proceeds to the Fire Squad.

Holy Family House Tour of Wanaka homes. Held on April 18. All proceeds to the Hospice and school. Tickets for sale at the race registration for $40.


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