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.
$500 per rider ($30 discount for OGHT members – contact office for discount code.)
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.
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?
Tuesday 26th Meeting between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm on the 26 / 02 /2019 at Hawea Domain, Domain Road, Hawea.
Wednesday 27th Heading to the start of the ride at Merivale Station and cycling to Shirlmar Station, expected time of 3 – 5 hrs. There is the possibility of different routes for differing cycle prowess and individual needs.
Thursday 28th Heading to Morven Hills station with an expected time of 5 hrs. Again, an additional route maybe added for those who would like it.
Friday 1st Heading to the Hawea Domain via Grandview Peak expected time of 6-8 hrs.
Saturday 2nd A variety of local trails before joining up with all other trails for the grand parade, markets and entertainment.
The trail is suitable for riders of little experience and will be adapted for those with more experience if the weather and conditions see fit. Reasonable fitness will be valuable, especially for the last day over Grandview when humour will be required.
In essence this trip is along 4WD tracks well contoured for pylon line access. A shame about the pylons but some interesting High Country farms to traverse. The first two days can be easy to medium and the last day will be hard with a prolonged 5 to 6 hour climb to Grandview Peak. (Vehicle support available)
We will be fully catered from the morning of Wednesday 27th Feb until Breakfast Saturday 2nd March. You will require tents for the nights 26 Feb, 1 & 2 March in the Hawea Domain, otherwise the accommodation at both Shirlmar and Morven Hills is available in the wool sheds there. You may of course use a tent if you prefer.
Family/friends in support vehicles are welcomed at the overnight accommodation but they will have to pay for the food on an individual basis should they wish to join in. They will not be permitted to follow in vehicles, only the trail support vehicle will have this privilege.
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 office 03 445 0111