Trail Boss: Mark Horrocks. 6 Days. Fully catered and supported. Mountain bike, E-bikes welcome. Ride out by 8:30am, typically in by 3:30pm. Good solid days riding mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks.
When do I need to be where? Twizel Reservoir off Glen Lyon Road (click here for map) By 10am Monday 1st March 2021
How hard will the days be? Between 30-50km per day, day 4 has a good climb of 1350m weather dependent, but is a shorter distance day. The pace is up to you, you need to be capable of achieving the distances, but we really do have all day to get there. The faster you are, the longer you will need to wait for everyone to catch up! This is more about a fun achievement than any sort of race! But you will have some amazing and in places quite challenging riding.
What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting industrial achievements, Star gazing, wilderness tenting, FANTASTIC CUISINE, capable leaders, friendly support people and a great bunch or other like minded outdoor cycling nutters. At the time of the year expect really hot temperatures of 30 degrees plus, and freezing cold temperatures of possibly -5 degrees, perhaps even colder with the wind chill factor. You can get all sorts of weather in the Mackenzie Country mountains. Typically warm/hot but southerly storms can blow through (short lived) at any time.
What do I need to bring? A bike! (We can source rentals if required). If you are bringing your own bike, it must have a wheel size of 26inch or larger, and have had a recent service. We do carry spares, and have the ability to carry out most trail side repairs, but bleeding hydraulic brakes or repairing cracked frames in a bit too much. We have a beautiful constant sine wave generator to keep you precious E-bike charged and ready to go. Also bring spare tubes/repair kit… Helmet, gloves – cycle gloves and a warm pair of gloves. Warm hat or Buff that can be worn under your helmet, various layers of clothing – thermal underwear (legs and tops) t-shirts, fleece/Merino mid weight tops, SEAM SEALED waterproof jacket. Toiletries. Couple of changes of undies. Your own plate/cutlery/mug. Sleeping bag and mat. Tent- Tent’s will be required on most nights and so that the back-up crew don’t need to carry too many tents we will be encouraging sharing! So if you are coming with a friend one between two or three will be fine. If you are stuck we can source an extra tent or two. One large pack per person and your sleeping matt/bag will be transferred for you each day. You will need to ride with a decent day-pack that can carry 1L of water, snacks, jacket, emergency blanket…
Oh and don’t forget your dress-ups for the parade! Items of ‘period’ costume to be brought and left in your car to be changed into before the grand parade at 12pm on the Saturday.
Where are we going?
Meet Monday 1st March 10am at the finish point, Twizel Reservoir off Glen Lyon Road (click here for map) and park your vehicles in the safe parking paddock. Bring a lunch and we’ll eat that before we depart. Monday is travel, meet & greet and a short (20k) ride into Lake Pukaki for our first night in tents.
Tuesday. Heading towards Lake Tekapo to Lake Alexandrina, hopefully we can get a night Star Gazing tour at Mt John Observatory, remember to bring your bike lights as we will be riding to and from the observatory.
Wednesday. Through the Glenmore Tarns and over to Braemar Station on the Shores of Lake Pukaki for our first night in a woolshed . . . or tents. The last 16km is ALL downhill, yay!
Thursday. A generally flat riding day around the edge of Lake Pukaki, past the Pukaki outlet to another woolshed evening at Rhoboro Downs.
Friday. This is the big one, depending on the weather, up and over Ben Ohau, 1350m climb, with spectacular views over Lake Ohau and on to Mt Cook. It’s a short km day, but all but the silliest of us will be pushing for a portion of the day. Finishing by the historic Greta Lodge (it’s not what you think!)
Saturday. A quick run along the Ohau Canal to Twizel to get ready for the Grand Parade. Then we have the afternoon to enjoy the markets and entertainment as we pass the time until the night’s feast and festivities.
Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser email@example.com Or call the OGHT office 03 445 0111