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 and some cycle trails this year.
When do I need to be where? Millers Flat, bowling club (click here for map) By 4pm Sunday 26th February 2023
How hard will the days be? Between 30-50km per day, days 2 and 3 have some good climbs but a shorter distance. 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 Gold Mining history, wilderness tenting, FANTASTIC CUISINE, capable leaders, friendly support people and a great bunch of other like minded outdoor cycling enthusiasts. At this time of 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 Otago 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 around 4PM on Sunday 26th February at Millers Flat Bowling Club (click here for map) Vehicle parking will be nearby. Dinner and meet’n greet then sleeping at the bowling club.
Monday. Heading down the beautiful Clutha Gold Trail beside the mighty Clutha River / Mata-au to near Lawrence for the first night.
Tuesday. Up and into the hills above Lawrence, through farmland to Beaumont Station for night two.
Wednesday. A BIG climb day, over 1100 vertical meters, finishing at the hidden gem of Lake Onslow.
Thursday. Up to Pinelheugh and down through Pinelheugh Forest
Friday. Back down to the River, and dash to the world famous (in the deep south) Jimmy’s Pies in Roxburgh, and along the Clutha Gold trail back to Millers Flat bowling club.
Saturday. For those still willing, a quick spin around Millers Flat, then into the Grand Parade. Then the Host Town has an afternoon of carnival inspired events, markets, food stalls and games before the evening feast and festivities.
Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – email@example.com
Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser firstname.lastname@example.org Or call the OGHT office 03 445 0111