2018 Day 1 - Course Description

Here is the info for day 1’s course.

The big epic day will be split into two sections this year… 3 tricky and technical stages at Whare Flat, followed by 2 more long super hard stages including the Pineapple track/Pepper tree and Nicoles enduro line. Yip, that’s right, no Mt Cargill… we are sad about this, but it would have been too big a day to do both Whare Flat and Mt Cargill. Sorry!

  • Challenger riders will only do the Whare Flat tracks, allowing them to finish at their cars and drive to the finish BBQ at Woodhaugh gardens and await the Classic riders.

  • Tracks are being marked today (Thursday and we are doing maintenance on Pepper Tree)

  • Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you allowed to ride down Pineapple track (the first half of stage 4) before race day. Please walk this if you need to see it. It is not highly technical… so best to just focus on practising Pepper tree , which is definitely challenging!!!

All the tracks are live on trailforks now :

Day 1A - Whare Flat (all riders) - click here

Day 1B - Pineapple / Pepper / Nicoles (classic and Ebike riders only) - click here

See below for printable maps as well.


Saturday’s start is at the original location, at the Bull Pen on Flagstaff Road. Get there from the Octogan by going up Stuart street, then Taieri Road right to the top of the hill, then turn right onto Flagstaff road. Please park on the side of Flagstaff road.

For those in the classic event, If you can carpool or be dropped off to the start this will save everyone lots of hassles at the end, as the finish is a different location and we will be shuttling those in need back to their cars.

If you need a bag taken from the start to the finish, please leave it in the car at the startline with BAG DROP written on it. This will be waiting at the finish.

Challenger riders will only do stages 1-3 on day 1, meaning you will finish back at the cars.

On day one when you get back to the Bull Pen, we will require you to checkin (or finish for the challenger riders). We will give you your intermediate times there, so you can see how the day is going to that point. There will be a feedzone at this point too with water, fruit and lollies. Please make sure you are carrying a bottle as we will not have cups.

For classic event riders, once you finish the final stage down Nicoles, you will need to ride yourself down to Woodhaugh gardens, where we will give you your times and have a BBQ and Emersons waiting. Shuttles will start taking riders back to their cars from 2pm and we will announce this over the PA system when the vans turn up.