PONY EXPRESS

For the Packies, Cooks, Cowboys, Wranglers & the BOY!

64km

distance

1389m

Climb

1671m

Drop

Next Race

Saturday 19th January 2019

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Race Information

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.

64km

distance

1389m

Climb

1671m

Drop

Entry Fees

Individual: $150.00

Entry Cutoff

Wed 20th Dec is the cutoff for entries if you want one of our engraved competitors dog whistles, as well as personalised number plate and other goodies in your registration bag. Whistles in particular need to be ordered now due to christmas holiday closures, so get in now or you will miss out.

Restrictions

The “James” Alpine Adventure race is an R15 event.

Start Times

Race start 9:30am start with briefing at 9:15am.

Competitors will be able to camp onsite at Lake Tennyson – there will be strict DoC rules in place. Briefing will be on the beach – be ready to start immediately after! 

Average Times

  • Womens 5:08:33
  • Mens 4:49:06
  • Overall 4:52:29
  • Average expected finish time: 2:30pm
  • Earliest finish expected: 12:30 pm

Course Map

Course Elevation

Course Notes

The race will start at 9:30 am (race briefing 9:15 am) from the Lake Tennyson car park area and follow the 4×4 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 4×4 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Be Prepared!

Competitors can expect very hot conditions – be prepared and stay adequately hydrated. There will be marshal stations at various points (including three major stations on the MTB stage, 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. You will come through transition twice on the run.

Minimum Gear Requirements

Spot GPS trackers are highly recommended – These are live trackers (as well as a PLB) so all your mates can watch your progress online at home. Book yours at checkout.

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.

Race Briefing

All Competitors must attend the race briefing – All bikes & gear should be in place in the 1st transition area before this!. Solo competitors are required to have one nominated support crew who will be responsible for their gear (including placement of gear in the 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.

Choose Your Challenge

Confirmed Entries & Results

Course Records

Womens

Ingrid Richter 3:23:40 (2015)

Mens

Tony Hopkins 2:55:00 (2014)

Gallery