FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QuestionS

Have a question? Please check the FAQ.

Feel free to contact us if your question is still not answered.

Registration (& prize giving Sun from 10:30am) will be from 4:30pm – 10pm Friday evening ( of race weekend) at the Hanmer Springs Memorial Hall (adjoining the library) in the center of Hanmer Springs township. If you are unable to make registration please contact The Yeti directly – theyeti@stjamesmountainsports.co.nz

Entry will close one week prior to race day. Late entry requests after this must be made to the race director via theyeti@stjamesmountainsports.co.nz.
In order to secure a finishers engraved dog whistle and personalised number plate (plus other goodies) you must complete your entry by December 20th!

Yes, you can find it here – Gear List, located below the rules and entry terms & conditions.
While large, a call may be made at race briefing to reduce the list depending on weather. You must how ever have all items at briefing.

Yes, for all Mountainman and High Country 100 competitors live trackers are compulsory and included in the entry fee.
For all others who wish to have live tracking, you can order a Spot NZ GPS Tracker from the team at Spot NZ cost is $75.

You can find your entry on the RESULTS page – be sure to select the correct year. Your entry is confirmed by the allocation of your race number.

Withdrawals prior to December 15th will be refunded minus a $25 administration fee (at the organisers discretion), but there are strictly no refunds after December 15th. Up to January 16th entries may however be transferred to another competitor (upon advising the organisers) or transferred to the following year.

High Country 100 – Fowlers Camp at 5am
Mountainman – Lake Tennyson at 6am – briefing on the beach 5:45!
Stampede – Fowlers Camp at 7am
Alpine Adventure – Lake Tennyson at 8am – briefing on the beach
Epic – Lake Tennyson at 8:30am
Pony Express – Lake Tennyson at 9:30am
Homestead Half – St James Homestead at 11am

Contact either Hanmer Adventures who can provide transport from the finish area at the St James Homestead to your start area (not suitable for the multisport competitors). Please book directly with them  at www.hanmeradventure.co.nz

There will be three main aid stations (Stanley Vale, The Zig-zag and Charlies Saddle) check out the map for your race on the website to see where these are in relation to your route.

All competitors will pass at least two of these, with the Epic passing three and the Mountainman five.
Each aid station will have water & R-Line (for refilling hydration packs etc), EM’s power cookies, bars and minibites, banana’s, sunscreen, & crampstop as well as first aid kits.

The main route from Hanmer Springs is over Jacks Pass via Clarence Valley Rd. The Turn off is almost opposite the registration site on Jacks Pass rd.
Travel over Jacks Pass and take the left hand road when you hit the Clarence – heading up the valley to St James. Note the road is gravel.

Try to hook up with friends to help with your training to get ideas, and also to have some companionship to help with your motivation. Going on training sessions with local clubs and groups is a great way to meet like-minded people and more often or not you will have a chance to talk to others about what races they have done and get some ideas and tips from more experienced athletes. Sometimes professional athletes give seminars and this is a great way to learn more from the pros. Or race-organizers may also organize sessions specific to their events so these would definitely be a good thing to attend! One word of caution: be aware that not all advice may suit you so make sure you take all advice (especially from “punters”) with a grain of salt and adapt ideas to suit your own needs! – Emily Miazga (EM’s Power Cookies)

The St James is a very long race, so one of the key’s to success is good pacing. If you start to fast and blow up mid race, then it will be total misery! Start at a realistic pace and try to find others riding at a similar speed. Its much more fun to ride with others and if you get to the last kilometres together you can start the attacks then. Also, these events rely on good camaraderie between the riders. If someone near you punctures or crashes, please stop and offer your assistance. Like this everyone can finish the day feeling stoked and perhaps even with some new friends.- Kashi Leuchs

This really depends on what the objectives are. If the goal is to go for the win, then a really structured training programme with both long hours (20-30hrs per week would be standard) and also specific high intensity intervals would be needed. If the goal is just to finish and not suffer too much, then it would be important to have a good base fitness and some experience with long MTB rides of over 5-6 hours. – Kashi Leuchs 

It is a good idea to do a mix of training across whatever disciplines the event comprises, i.e. swimming/kayaking, trail running and biking. A good level of base fitness is a good start, 6 months prior but then for the 2-3 months before the event it is a good idea to add some harder sessions, even with some interval training to develop speed and anaerobic threshold, and also do some long sessions to help develop endurance. In the last 1-2 months before the event try to incorporate some course-specific work such as running on rocks or technical trails, or improving your mtn biking skills! Also this is a good time to make sure your nutrition plan is sorted, so you know how much to eat and drink, depending on the duration of the event. For events longer than 2-3 hours you really need to plan to have real food (Em’s Power Cookies – my secret weapon). But for shorter races < 2hrs you can get away with a good sports drink, nuun water (electrolyte replacement tabs added to water) and energy gels. – Emily Miazga (EM’s Power Cookies)

No, it’s not compulsory however the Yeti strongly recommends that all competitors in either of the multisport races do so, given the unpredictable road conditions and traffic this is the safest option to ensure that your bike & gear (for the Macpac Mountainman) is in place in the transition zone by the 5:30 am cutoff and that you do not miss your 5:40 am race briefing and 6 am start. The Yeti also encourages competitors in the other races to do so too.
Check out your nearest Macpac store or online for all your camping needs!

Camping is freely available at Lake Tennyson at any time, for general DoC rules CLICK HERE 
As part of the event concession we will have a site management plan for Lake Tennyson which includes provision for camping beyond those already on the DoC website. The general DoC rules will apply and the Total Fire ban will be strictly enforced – The Yeti will however, endeavour to bring his BBQ for cooking and hot water etc
Any other restrictions etc will be posted as required.

No. The course layout does not provide the opportunity for a relay style team option. There may be a “total time” based team option in the future.

No. The course layout does not provide the opportunity for a relay style team option. There may be a “total time” based team option in the future.

No but hydration packs are the preferred option of the event organisers as drink bottles often fall from bikes creating a litter problem.

Prizegiving will take place in Hanmer Springs on Sun 21st at 11 am (at the Hanmer Springs Hall in the center of the village by the library) There are awesome spot prizes up for grabs including gear from Macpac, vouchers from Ground Effect, Product from R-Line & NZ Mountainbiker Subscriptions.

St James Homestead finish area all races – 12.5 km – allow 15 – 30 min

Transport will be available on race day for competitor transport from the finish area to the two start zones (Lake Tennyson & Fowlers) – PLEASE NOTE as the earliest transport will not arrive in time, this is not an option for those entered into The Macpac Mountainman or The Alpine Adventure; Adventure, Xtreme or Ultimate options – as per the race rules those competitors are required to have at least one support crew and should camp onsite on the Friday night.

Please book your seat directly with Ross and the team at HANMER ADVENTURE . Please note, they are completely independent from St James Mountainsports.

Lake Tennyson – Start for all other races – 42 km – allow 1 – 1.5 hours

The minimum time indicated is for someone who is comfortable driving on metal roads and assuming normal road conditions however you should at least allow for dust and potholes in some places.

The Clarence valley – Tophouse road is a metal road of reasonable standard that is suitable for most cars however it has a high use at this time of year so you should expect dusty conditions with random potholes and corrugated surfaces through out.

St James Homestead finish area all races – 12.5 km – allow 15 – 30 min

Fowlers – Start for The EM’s Power Cookies “James” Mountain Marathon – 28 km – allow 45 min – 1 hour

Lake Tennyson – Start for all other races – 42 km – allow 1 – 1.5 hours

The minimum time indicated is for someone who is comfortable driving on metal roads and assuming normal road conditions however you should at least allow for dust and potholes in some places.

The Clarence valley – Tophouse road is a metal road of reasonable standard that is suitable for most cars however it has a high use at this time of year so you should expect dusty conditions with random potholes and corrugated surfaces through out.

Not sure you’re ready for the solo effort but still want to participate and need someone else to share the pain? Click here to access our Facebook page and find a team mate or leave your details.

If you are keen to volunteer as a marshal for this event and are happy to spend a whole day and possibly overnight in some of New Zealand’s amazing high country then drop us an email at heath@stjamesmountainsports.co.nz

If you or your organisation are interested in sponsoring this event or one of the races, either as a general sponsor or as a full naming rights sponsor please send an email to heath@stjamesmountainsports.co.nz with a brief proposal.

Choose Your Challenge