Trail Boss: Andy McDonald. 5 Days. Fully Catered and supported. MTB and Eco-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? Hawea Domain – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 2pm Monday 25th February 2019
How hard will the days be? Between 30-50km per day, some days have climbing of 500-700m, some sections of down hill are a wee bit technical. This is more about a fun experience than an actual gut-buster but you will have some amazing and in places quite challenging riding. Eco Bikes welcome. Most days will have additional options for anyone who wants to ride a bit further.
What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics, a winery and brewery tour maybe? One night tenting in the mountains, FANTASTIC FOOD, capable leaders, friendly support people and a great bunch of other like minded outdoor nutters! Really bloody hot temperatures! 30 degrees plus. Freezing cold temperatures! -5 degrees maybe colder with the wind chill factor – You can get all sorts of weather in these Central Otago Mountains. At this time of year it is 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), 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 water proof jacket. Toiletries. Couple of changes of undies. Your own plate/cutlery/mug. Sleeping bag and mat. Tent- Tent’s will be required on nights 3 and 5 at the host town 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 12pm on the Saturday.
Where are we going? Exact details still to be confirmed (its a completely new trail each year) But basically – Meet at the finish point, Hawea Domain and park your vehicles in the safe parking paddock. Load bikes on the truck (individually wrapped in foam) and yourself on the bus for the 2.5hr drive around to the start at Garston. Monday is travel, meet and greet…
Tuesday 26th Feb. First riding day. – Up the Nevis Valley Road to the old Ski Hut, right onto Welcome Rock trails – a fantastic single track following old water races – beautiful riding, relatively flat, then meet back up with the Nevis Valley Road and a long gentle down hill all the way to Ben Nevis Station. Longest day at about 45km. Only a couple of hills.
Wednesday. From Ben Nevis Station – Duffers Saddle – Carrick Town Track – Bannockburn Sluicings – Bannockburn. 40km?
Thursday. Bannockburn – Cromwell Heritage Precinct – Kawarau Mining Centre – Mt Michael – Deep Creek Hut (Tenting in Mountains night) 35-40kmish?
Friday. Deep Creek Hut – Mt Pisa – Lake McKay – Luggate.
Saturday. Upper Clutha River Trails – Albert Town – Hawea – Domain – Grand Parade! Afternoon markets, entertainment… Party!
Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – Andyinnz@gmail.com
Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser email@example.com Or call the office 03 445 0111