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Next Race is Sat 20th Jan 2018 - Entry opens 1st June

For 2018 you will have a choice of 4 options;

The "James" Alpine Challenge - MTB 64km and high country run 17 km.

The "James" Alpine Adventure - Kayak 7km, MTB 64km and high country run 17 km.

The "James" Alpine Xtreme - Swim 1.5km, MTB 64km and high country run 17 km.

The "James" Alpine Ultimate - Swim 1.5km, Kayak 7km, MTB 64km & high country run 17 km.

There are no age group categories in the Xtreme or Ultimate options, entry is 18+ "Open Range"

Course Records: Ultimate Men's - Glen Currie 6:12:17 (2013)

Xtreme Women's - Gemma Woods 7:13:42 (2015), Xtreme Men's Axel Reiser 5:23:39 (2014)

Adventure Women's - Jess Simson 5:21:38 (2013), Adventure Men's Angus Watson 5:31:50 (2014)

 

Tennyson
Tennyson

Lake Tennyson

COURSE NOTES:

Average time (Across all options): Women's 7:55:37, Men's 7:18:12, overall 7:29:07. Average expected finish time - 4:00pm, earliest finish expected 1:30pm.

First competitor expected through 2nd transition (St James homstead finish area) 12:30pm - average 2:00pm

As with the Ground Effect "James" Pony Express, competitors should be of reasonable fitness and competence.

All race options are open to individuals and teams.

Race start at 8:30am (breifing at 8:15am). Competitors are encouraged to camp onsite at Lake Tennyson – there will be strict DoC rules in place.

Competitors can expect very hot conditions – be prepared and stay adequately hydrated. There will be marshal stations at various points but this is remote country so all competitors will need to be self-sufficient and should carry enough food/liquid for a whole day – all rivers & creeks should be ok to drink from directly.

The 1.5 km swim leg and 7 km kayak stage are both in Lake Tennyson – IT WILL BE COLD so full body suits are compulsory for all swimmers. As part of the Didymo control ALL individual competitors MUST change and dry off completely in the transition zone before starting their MTB stage.
After completing transition formalities competitors will start the 64 km Mountainbike leg. This follows the same course as The Ground Effect "James" Pony Express all the way to the 2nd transition zone at St James homestead.

Starting from the transition at Lake Tennyson, riders will follow the 4x4 track (think “Duel Single Track” - DST) to the top of Malings Pass, from where they can enjoy a solid 5km downhill descent to the Waiau River. From here the DST crosses the river (at Glacier Gully) and continues for a couple of km down the Waiau valley toward the historic Ada homestead.

Passing around below the Homestead riders traverse across the lower Ada flats to cross the Ada River and enter the lower Henry Valley. Crossing through Delta Creek riders will cross the Henry River and join the stock track up over the Zigzag and down the Waiau Valley to cross the lower swing bridge.

Joining the DST, riders will climb up the Waiau terraces and up over Charlie's saddle to follow the 4x4 track up the Edwards valley (crossing the river 3 times) where (at around the 60km mark) they will have one last short-sharp climb up out of Bull Gully before decending down to the Edwards gate at the Clarence where they will follow the road back to the final transition at the St James Homestead.

After completing transition formalities competitors will start the 17 km run. Leaving the transition runners will travel around below the St James Homestead to cross the Clarence River, from here they will run up the river valley following the old transmission tower access tracks up to the Edwards gate.

Here runners will re-cross the Clarence River and enter the Edwards Valley. They will follow the 4x4 track over into the head of Peter’s Valley where they will follow the stock track back to the finish at the St James Homestead.

 COURSE MAP:

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Competitors can expect very hot conditions – be prepared and stay adequately hydrated. There will be marshal stations at various points (including two major stations with EM's goodies, R-Line, water, banana's, sunscreen & crampstop) but this is remote country so all competitors will need to be self-sufficient – all rivers & creeks should be ok to drink from directly.

All competitors will be required to carry a minimum amount of safety/emergency gear – it can go from hot sun to heavy snow in a matter of hours even in the height of summer. By preference race organisers require all riders to use hydration packs and not water bottles – these are too often lost/dropped from bikes and left on the track. As with any littering any competitor caught dropping rubbish will be intantly disqualified

Competitors (except Challenge option) must have their bike and gear stowed in the 1st transition zone by 8:00am on race day. All Competitors must attend the race brief at 8:15 am. Solo competitors are required to have one nominated support crew who will be responsible for their gear (including placement of gear in the second transition zone) and shall have access to the transition zones for that purpose and to assist the competitor if required. No other people will be allowed in any of the transition zones! Anyone who is unable to meet these conditions should notify The Yeti (theyeti@stjamesmountainsports.co.nz) to make other arrangements.

 

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