2017 date - February 4 and 5
Opens onsite at 8am Saturday.
At registration you’ll be given your racing number (which includes transponder) and meal/shuttle passes.
If you have any other problems or issues the team there will be able to help you and if you have problems during the event go there.
The grading system at Wairoa is your standard 5 grade system, we have grades 2-5. Be prepared for a higher level of riding than most other bike parks. Roots, rocks, and general Gnar.
On Saturday you must ride with a buddy, and stick together. We have a big network of trails and besides our sweepers and marshals this is how we will know you’re all ok out there.
SATURDAY 4th February – OPEN DAY AND REGISTRATION
8.00am Saturday - Registration Begins at Barry’s Flat
8.30am Saturday - First Shuttle runs begin at Swing Bridge
11.30am-2.00pm - Saturday - Lunch available at Barrys FlatBBQ provided from (11-2 approx)
3.30pm Saturday - Final Shuttle pick up for the day.
SUNDAY 5th February – RACE DAY
8.30 am Sunday – RACE BRIEFING
8.50 am Sunday – First uplift for riders (check your age categories and seedings)
9.30 am Sunday – First Race run begins.
9.50 am Sunday – Second Race run begins.
12.00 pm Sunday – Third race uplift (check your age categories and seedings)
12.30 pm Sunday – Third race run begins
12.30 pm Sunday – BBQ begins for riders finishing last run.
2.00pm Sunday – Last riders head down Third Run
3.30pm Sunday – Prize Giving (As close to 330pm as possible)
6.00pm-10.00pm SUNDAY – Function at Deville, 22 New st Nelson. Snacks provided. Flannel shirts compulsory
Monday 6th February - Waitangi Day
Stages must be contested on the same bike. The bicycle must be in good working order. It is your responsibility to check bikes are secure on shuttle trailers.
Gloves and Knee pads are compulsory.
Full face helmets and elbow pads are recommended.
Every rider must wear a helmet at all times.
Spare parts/tools please bring the following;
Dual Ply tyres
BRad cycle service will be on site, bring cash or credit card.
Nelson’s weather is reasonably stable but the Wairoa Gorge can be changeable. This event starts at the top of the mountains 1000m above sea level, so come prepared with thermal top, waterproof jacket, leg/arm warmers etc – even if it’s fine and sunny in Nelson.
Your entry fee covers your lunch, you’ll get a two fresh rolls and salad each day.
There will be water stations on site.
Bring snack food and drinks.
We have a coffee cart on site, BRING CASH.
There is limited to no food for guests at this stage, if you are bringing guests let them know to cater for themselves.
The Wairoa Gorge trails are located 1 hour south east of Nelson. Click here for a Google map and directions, or read below.
Headwest out of Nelson past Richmond to Brightwater, turn left at the Wairoa Gorge sign onto River Terrace Road, drive 3.6km, turn right into Wairoa Gorge Rd (cell coverage stops here), drive 7km, turn left following Wairoa Gorge Road,drive 5km, turn left into Left branch of Wairoa Gorge (this is Old Mill Rd) and follow to the end approx. 10km, there is a green forestry gate that we will leave open, continue approx. 4km past the gate.
A large section of this route is gravel road and there are fords to cross. 4WD is not necessary but please drive carefully on narrow gravel roads.
There will be plenty of onsite parking.
Note the venue is on private land and is not open to the public outside of this event, please don’t head out there to ride at any other time, trespasses will be prosecuted and publicly ridiculed.
The official ‘debrief’ will be again held at DEVILLES Bar/Café, New St, Nelson. On SUNDAYnight. Exact time about 7pm (TBC) Food will be provided for entrants. There is pretty limited space. If your bringing guests we’d appreciate a small donation for food from them.
We will have some footage of the day on the screen and will have results for viewing.