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As this is a fundraiser event with a limited number of entries, there will be no refunds, selling of entries to another person or deferring of entries. 

17km – The 17km ‘Waitere’ course is suitable for ages 9 years and over.

48km – The 48km ‘Taumata’ course is suitable for ages 12 years and over, however restrictions apply. The use of bike buggies for younger children is not permitted on any course due to the variable terrain and risk of injury.

There are restrictions on the ages that may take part on each course. This is due to the altering terrain and the potential of adverse weather conditions.

17km – Age range: 9 years and over. 9-11 years accompanied by participating adult 12-16 years with the permission of a guardian.

48km – Age range: 12 years and over. 12-16 years accompanied by participating adult.

We have allowed plenty of time to reach cut-off points and complete the courses, so you can enjoy the wonderful vantage points and
landscape. If you need, you are permitted to dismount and walk until you are ready to get back on your bike. For the 48km course, we recommend a good level of fitness for the challenging climbs.

Yes. You will need to supply your own reliable bike suitable for a combination of off and on road terrain. A helmet, puncture repair kit, appropriate footwear and comfortable clothing is required.

No. Much of the event will be held over private farms not usually open to the public.

There will be an aid station on the 17km course and two aid stations on the 48km course. The aid stations will provide water and some food.  We suggest you personally carry ample water on both options. Complimentary tea and coffee available within the club house.

This event is designed for mountain bike enthusiasts and leisure riders. We want participants to complete the courses at their own pace and enjoy the environment around them. There will be no timing of participants at this event.


  • Wave 1, 9.00am
  • Wave 2, 9.10am


  • Wave 1, 9.20am
  • Wave 2, 9.30am

Safety briefings will be:

  • 48km – 8.30am
  • 17km – 8.45am

The event starts and finishes at Te Waitere Boating Club, Te Waitere Rd, RD 8 Te Kuiti. The courses run over multiple working farms and public roads.

Definitely! Please ensure your bike is fully charged and able to complete your chosen distance.

Yes cut-off times apply. For the safety of riders, a sweeper vehicle will be deployed to check that anyone who hasn’t made it to cut off points can be assisted back to the start/finish line. Cut off times are:

17km – There is one cut-off point, you have 2 hours to reach the 8.5km marker and 3 hours to complete the course.

48km – There are two cut off points on this course, you have 3 hours to reach the 15km marker, 4 hours to reach the 21km marker and 5.5 hours to complete the course.

17km – There are no bailout points on this course.

48km – This course has three bailout points for those who cannot complete the full course. You can return to the finish line at the 12km marker (via Te Waitere Rd), the 17km marker (U-turn) and the 21km marker (via Taumatatotara East Rd and Te Waitere Rd)

We have determined the most suitable locations for aid stations across both courses. These are predominately on the climbs or at the peak of the climbs.
17km  There is one aid station at the 8.5km mark
48km – There is a total of four aid stations located at the 8.5km mark, 17km mark (steep climb), 20km mark (peak of farm riding) and 21km mark.

Dogs are not permitted on any part of the course. Please do not bring dogs to this event.

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