Next Race is Sat 20th Jan 2018 - Entry now open - entries limited to 500
Course Record - Woman's: Ingrid Richter 3:23:40 (2015), Men's: Tony Hopkins 2:55:00 (2014)
The Ground Effect "James" Pony Express
While this race is relatively shorter than the Epic option, riders should still have a reasonable standard of fitness and be comfortable crossing rivers with their bikes.
Average time: Womens 5:08:33, Mens 4:49:06, overall 4:52:29. Average expected finish time - 2:30pm, earliest finish expected 12:30 pm.
The race will start at 9:30 am (race briefing 9:10 am) from the Lake Tennyson car park area and follow the 4x4 track (think “Dual Single Track” - DST) to the top of Malings Pass, from where riders can enjoy a solid 5km downhill descent to the Waiau River. From here the DST crosses the river 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 finish at the St James homestead.
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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