Tim Hawkins Mountain Bike Trail

Trail Boss: Tim Hawkins. 4 Days. Fully Catered and supported. MTB and Eco-Bikes welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 3pm. Good 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) From 4pm Tuesday 26th February 2019

How hard will the days be? Between 25-40km per day, some days have climbing of 500m, some sections of down hill are a wee bit technical. This is NOT A RACE! 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, 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.

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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.  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 2L 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. Stay the first night here. Next day load bikes on the truck (individually wrapped in foam) and yourself on the bus for the 40min drive around to the start in the Lindis valley.

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – tim@centrallakesphotography.co.nz

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111