Trail Boss: Mark Horrocks. 6 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.
$745. OGHT members get a $30 discount please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the code.
When do I need to be where? Patearoa Domain – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 10am Sunday 23rd February 2020
How hard will the days be? Between 30-50km per day, 2nd day has a good climb of 1000m, remaining days no where near so much. This is more about a fun experience 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 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?
Meet Sunday 23rd 10am at the finish point, Patearoa Domain and park your vehicles in the safe parking paddock. Load yourself and gear on the bus for the 1hr drive over to the start up the Manuherikia. Sunday is travel, meet and greet short (15k) ride into Saddle Hut for our first night in tents.… (we can organise collection in Cromwell if you are flying into Queenstown).
Monday. A good sharp push up a ridge onto the high point of the whole trail! Stunning views in all directions then a long downhill into St Bathans.
Tuesday. A gentler day over some hills and into dramatic ‘Grahame Sydney’ style valleys. A wee peak at Falls Dam before onto our nights camp.
Wednesday – A mostly flat/down-hill meander along some of the iconic Mt Ida Water Race. Finishing near Wedderburn.
Thursday. Out to Eweburn Dam then along the Mt Ida Water Race again, through tunnels, into the Naseby forest area.
Friday. A little bit of barren farm land, a little bit of Rail Trail, mostly flat.
Saturday. One more wee hill to climb en route to our nights accommodation at Patearoa Domain. We need to be in Patearoa by 12pm for the Grand Parade! Afternoon markets, entertainment… Party!
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Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser firstname.lastname@example.org Or call the office 03 445 0111