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March 24th, 2018

Events below are...

GLENHOPE GRAVEL GRIND

An event for those with an eye to the different. 2018 date to be announced

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The GLENHOPE to MURCHISON Fun Ride / Race. 2018 date to be announced.

Facebook Page - The GLENHOPE to MURCHISON Fun Ride.

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The ROTOITI - RENWICK Serious Fun Ride / Race.

Given the extra traffic "our route" may be carrying I am still looking the possibiblities for 2018.

"Like" the Facebook Page - ROTOITI - RENWICK to keep up with any developments.

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2018 - The Great NELSON to CHRISTCHURCH Bike Ride is now scheduled for later in the year, Midnight Friday, 26th October.

This, the 30th anniversary of this great event, will be the last edition of THE GREAT NELSON TO CHCH BIKE RACE.  

"Like" the Facebook Page - The Great Nelson to Christchurch Bike Race - to be kept up with the play.

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TASMAN 400 / 250 - DETAILS BELOW.     2018 date to be announced

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PRINTHOUSE NELSON

 

THE GREAT

 (And ever so slightly silly)

   NELSON to CHRISTCHURCH  

  BIKE RACE

 

  (OR, PROBABLY ONE OF THE SILLIEST IDEAS THAT YOU’VE EVER HAD -

  BUT ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING RIDES YOU’LL EVER DO!)

 

 Midnight, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26th. 

 

  Come join a bunch of equally silly riders

 who are prepared to prove that “Silly” is the new Normal.

 

THE LAST ONE - It is with heavy heart that I confirm this will be the last edition of this great race / ride.   The extra traffic, on the Canterbury roads in particular, has made this decision necessary.

This great race / ride has been held since 1989 when the late Les Vincent came up with the idea.

Every second year it alternated direction, Nelson - Chch & then Chch - Nelson.

 

This year it is Nelson to Christchurch.

As the finish has become too congested in Chch we are taking the actual finish out to the back of Rangiora where the riders will complete a very similar distance to the original route but in the relative safety of the lower traffic density.

Being as close to Chch as it is, the finish is still close enough to be within the spirit of Les's original idea.

 

Solo - some serious training is required.        

 

In a team of 2, 3 or 4 riders, it is achievable but most of us without taking the training to the extreme. 

By all means talk to me about team riding as I'm happy to share what I learnt after having experienced at least 12 of these rides in a team situation, both racing & riding in a more sociable effort.

 

FRIDAY, 26th OCTOBER, TIMETABLE

11.00 – 11.44pm. PAK N SAVE CARPARK, RICHMOND. Off Talbot St.

Assemble, collect race numbers, sort gear, remember the thing forgotten - realise it is too late to get it and accept you'll be fine without it, then proceed to get ready.

11.45pm - Briefing

Midnight – Start. The ride is neutralised as you will follow the lead vehicle until you are beyond Three Brothers Corner.

After that point it is “game on”. This is normal practice for this race.

 

THE ROUTE

Follow the lead vehicle through the neutralised zone to Three Brothers Corner. From here you will head through to Wakefield and over the Spooners Range. Murchison arrives eventually and you keep riding on through the wee hours to Springs Junction.

Over the Lewis Pass, through Culverden to Waipara Junction. Right to Amberley.

At Amberley you do a right hand turn onto the Inland Scenic Route, S.H.72, heading through Rangiora and the very welcome finish line. Check on Google earth if you are unfamiliar with this intersection.

 I will send the entrants a detailed map of the exact finish route. (Using MapMyRide the route measures to 400.03km)

 

TIMING

All timing is self-recorded. Your support crew do it for you and record the times as you go past the Murchison Mobil service station, Springs Junction Z service station, Culverden Hotel, Amberley Z service station and finally at the finish.

When you pass these points please text me your times and name / team name as you go. I will send these out in the results after the event as they make interesting reading.

With the final ride time taken everyone has a further 20 minutes added to their times to allow for the neutralised portion that was traditionally not ridden into Christchurch.

 

RULES

NORMAL ROAD RULES APPLY AT ALL TIMES.

DRAFTING – Only with bikes that are entered in the event. There is to be no drafting from any other vehicle. No exceptions.

TEAM HAND-OVER – Only one team rider on the road at a time except when “handing over” the ride to a team mate. This is not a Team Time Trial.

The “hand over” is done simply by riding alongside your team member on the road.

There does not have to be a physical touch if there is a bunch situation, just ride equal to your team member and he/she can them slip safely out of the bunch and wait for the team vehicle.

NOTE -It is not acceptable just to see your rider approaching in the distance and start riding away. You must at least draw alongside them otherwise it is called cheating.

It is all about riding in the spirit of the event.

 

LIGHTING - With a midnight start full light sets are compulsory on each bike and must be on at all times when riding during the hours of darkness. Anyone seen riding with their lights off during the hours of darkness will be time penalised.

Even in the neutralised zone all lights are to be fitted and on.

 

SUPPORT - One support vehicle is allowed for each solo and each team. This allows all to be fully supported on their ride.

 

FOOD, SERIOUS LIE-TELLING & PRIZE GIVING – Sunday, 28th Oct, 10.00am.

Venue to be advised but here is the chance for some great food, better company & some serious lie-telling about your exploits on the ride. Awards & Spot Prizes too!

 

ENTRY LINK – https://sngl.wufoo.com/forms/z8fo0f60h3s7s4/

Entry Fee - $55.00 per person

AND, ALL entries received will be in the draw for a triple light headlight, helmet or handle bar mounted, EACH MONTH until October. Starting the ending of May.
So, the sooner you enter the sooner you'll be in the draw for this bloody great light. (I was going to say - this oarsum light, but it's such an overused word that I try to avoid it. )
I'll post a photo of the light on the Facebook page shortly.

Mike Gane.

03 5475677     0273 151138      mike@rainbowrage.co.nz

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GLENHOPE GRAVEL GRIND

An event for those with an eye to the different.

Gravel Grind events are not for the faint-hearted.

As the Gravel Grind Michigan website puts it........"Whatever bike/tire you choose it will be the wrong one at some point". (Gotta look forward to that, don't you?)

Our route has a wee bit of road, then unsealed road, loose gravel, grass & whatever else I can throw in.

DISTANCE OPTIONS

41kms

81kms

START AREA

Both events/distances start 1.6km up the Tadmor Valley Rd from Tapawera.

SIGN-ON 

8.00am 9.00am

BRIEFING 

9.15am

START

9.30am

ENTRY  At the sign-on

ENTRY FEE $50.00 per person on the day.


THE ROUTE 

The route for 2018 has not been finalised yet but the following is the 2017 route...

From the start you'll ride up the Tadmor Valley Rd and turn right into Tadmor Bushend Rd.

A short climb follows. Over this then turn left into Slippery Rd. Keep going until you see Sherry River Rd on your right and turn in here. Follow your nose until you reach the intersection with Tadmor Glenhope Rd. 

Here the 41km riders turn back and retrace their route to the finish.

The 81km riders turn right onto the Dry Weather Rd and this will take them all the way through to the main highway to Murchison. Here they turn and retrace their route back to the finish.

A variety of road surfaces to contend with plus a wee surprise that I'll throw in there too.


So, there you have it. Are you game to come have a ride that is a bit out of the ordinary.


This event is a first for this area as far as I know. The idea is to try something different where your MTB will give you a great ride but if you have a cyclocross or gravel bike then this is exactly one of the reasons it was built.

Gravel Grind events are getting huge in the States and it'll be interesting to follow their growth here. We are blessed with all sorts of back roads and forestry tracks to ride on and I have been scouting other routes for future events, as well. 

 

 Well supported by PRINTHOUSE NELSON LTD, 16 Tokomaru Place, Nelson. 5439480.  

 

WAIVER/TERMS OF ENTRY

 

I agree to ride in the GLENHOPE GRAVEL GRIND entirely at my own risk.


I HEREBY WAIVE, RELEASE AND DISCHARGE from any and all liability for death, disability, personal injury, property damage, property theft and all other foreseeable risks, claims, or actions of any kind (including negligence) whatever and however occurring which may arise, at any time, from or in connection with, directly or indirectly, my participation in or my travelling to and from this event, the following person or entities: The organiser of the event, land managers and/or owners, their agents, event sponsors, and volunteers.

I HEREBY INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the persons or entities mentioned in paragraph above from any and all liabilities, claims or actions (including negligence) whatever and however caused which may arise, at any time, as a result of or in connection with, directly or indirectly, my participation in or my travelling to and from this event. If for any reason the organiser is liable to the entrant in contract, tort or otherwise, the combined maximum liability of the organiser shall be limited to a sum equal to twice the entry fee paid by the entrant for this event.

I authorise the use of my name, voice and picture and any information provided by me on this entry form, except medical condition, to be used without payment in any broadcast, telecast, promotion and advertising and on the event website and Facebook page.
 

I also state that my bicycle is in a safe and roadworthy condition, and I will carry plenty of fluids & food for a ride of this duration and be self sufficient in basic cycle spares. 

I will also obey all traffic rules and regulations.

 

 

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TASMAN 400 / 250.

 Race, or cruise, some of the best roads in Tasman / Golden Bay.

400 - THE ROUTE –

RICHMOND, SPOONERS SADDLE, TAPAWERA, WEST BANK, RIWAKA DOMAIN, TAKAKA HILL, TAKAKA, COLLINGWOOD, FAREWELL SPIT & RETURN VIA GOLDEN DOWNS & the REAY SADDLE TO FINISH ON LORD RUTHERFORD ROAD, BRIGHTWATER. 392kms.

250- THE ROUTE

RICHMOND, SPOONERS SADDLE, TAPAWERA, WEST BANK, RIWAKA DOMAIN, TAKAKA HILL, UPPER TAKAKA, & RETURN VIA GOLDEN DOWNS & the REAY SADDLE TO FINISH ON LORD RUTHERFORD ROAD, BRIGHTWATER. 251kms.

400 - the START – 

PAK n SAVE CAR PARK, RICHMOND.

11.00 – 11.44pm 

Assemble, collect race numbers, sort gear, remember the thing forgotten - realise it is too late to get it and accept you'll be fine without it, continue to get ready. 

11.45pm - Briefing

Midnight – Start.

The race is NEUTRALISED until THREE BROTHERS CORNER, RICHMOND, where you will follow the lead vehicle until the lead vehicle pulls away.

After that point it is “race on”.  

TIMING –

All timing is self-recorded.

Your support crew do it for you and record the times as you go past –

Spooners Saddle

West Bank Bridge

Riwaka Domain

Top of Takaka Hill

Takaka

Farewell Spit intersection – Freeman Access

Takaka

Top of Takaka Hill

Riwaka Domain

West Bank Bridge 

Reay Saddle

Lord Rutherford Rd, Brightwater

When you pass these points please fill in the sheet provided and make sure you hand this to me on Sunday morning at prize giving.

You can also text me your times and name / team name as you go.

I will send this info out with the results after the event as they make interesting reading.


250- THE START 

3.30am sign-on.

3.50am briefing.

4.00am start.


RULES

RIDERS –

NORMAL ROAD RULES APPLY AT ALL TIMES. 

There are NO MARSHALS on the route. YOU are expected to know the route as it is laid out. (Google Earth / Maps are good tools to use for this)

There are a number of ONE-WAY bridges on the route and you must obey the GIVE WAY instructions on them. TAKE CARE.

When riding in a bunch keep as far to the left as practical to allow easy passage of other vehicles.

NO crossing the centre-line.


DRAFTING -

NO drafting of ANY VEHICLE that is not entered in the race, including other cycles.

Motor-Pacing of any rider is NOT ALLOWED under any circumstances. A flat tyre is not an excuse to be motor-paced back to the bunch. A flat tyre is bad luck and means your race now takes on a different dimension. If the bunch ‘sits up’ and waits for you, that’s fine. If not, chase hard if you are up to it or ride accordingly.

 

TEAM HAND-OVER – Only one team rider on the road at a time except when “handing over” the ride to a team mate. This is not a Team Time Trial.

The “hand over” is done simply by riding alongside your team member on the road. 

There does not have to be a physical touch if there is a bunch situation, just ride equal to your team member and he/she can them slip safely out of the bunch and wait for the team vehicle.

NOTE -It is not acceptable just to see your rider approaching in the distance and start riding away. You must at least draw alongside them. 

It is all about riding in the "Spirit of the event".

 

LIGHTING - With a midnight & a 4.00am start full light sets are compulsory on each bike and must be on at all times when riding during the hours of darkness. Anyone seen riding with their lights off during the hours of darkness will be time penalised.

Even in the neutralised zone all lights are to be fitted and on.

 

AERO BARS -

SOLO RIDERS ONLY are allowed aero bars.

THEY ARE NOT TO BE USED WHEN RIDING IN A BUNCH.

2 riders or more constitute a bunch.


SUPPORT VEHICLES - One support vehicle is allowed for each solo and each team. This allows all to be fully supported on their ride.

 

FOR FULL RACE DETAILS & ENTRY FORM E-MAIL - mike.gane@xtra.co.nz

 

All enquiries to Mike Gane. 03 5475677.  0273 151138. mike.gane@xtra.co.nz

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         WOODBOURNE TAVERN       

    ROTOITI  –  RENWICK  

 SERIOUS FUN RIDE / RACE.

  2018 date to be announced

 

RESULTS - 6th November, 2016
TIME TRIAL

78 MARTIN FLETCHER RENWICK 1.58.39
45 CHRIS HEYWOOD RICHMOND 1.59.58
58 NICK BATT BLENHEIM 2.00.29
71 DAVE GRONO BLENHEIM 2.12.22
17 DONNA CORLET RICHMOND 2.16.42
38 BRENT DANIEL STOKE 2.17.30
36 GRANT BOYD WAIKAWA 2.19.18
14 JO HILLIS RUBY BAY 2.21.53
7 JIM LUFF BLENHEIM 2.22.30
12 MARK CORLET RICHMOND 2.25.45
6 GRAEME SELLARS NELSON 2.37.21

A GRADE

221 LUCAS COWLEY BLENHEIM 2.07.37
217 MITCHELL MOL BLENHEIM 2.07.37
216 TOM LUCAS WESTPORT 2.07.37
214 CRAIG HARPER RENWICK 2.07.37
215 DYLAN HODSON BLENHEIM 2.13.27
218 MIKE MURPHY BLENHEIM 2.13.29
222 RAY SCOTT BLENHEIM 2.29.02
205 DANIJEL DUVNJAK BLENHEIM 2.43.42
220 ROBIN REID NELSON DNS

B GRADE

312 PETER HALLIGAN BLENHEIM 2.13.54
330 PETER OGILVIE NELSON 2.13.55
324 MALCOLM RUSH BLENHEIM 2.13.55
325 WILLEM STEIN NELSON 2.13.55
321 SCOTT VANDERSLUYS WESTPORT 2.13.55
306 PHILIP ATKINS CHCH 2.13.55
331 MARIE PEART BLENHEIM 2.13.55
311 TOMMY DILLON BLENHEIM 2.13.55
314 ROBERT KENNEDY BLENHEIM 2.13.55
316 TONY LITTLE BLENHEIM 2.13.55
320 PAUL SELL BLENHEIM 2.13.55
323 CORINA WILSON REEFTON 2.13.55
326 DAVID CRAIG BLENHEIM 2.13.55
327 MIKE SALMON NELSON 2.13.55
328 ROBERT DUNN BLENHEIM 2.13.55
332 RICHARD HILL BLENHEIM 2.13.55
319 CRAIG MURPHY BLENHEIM 2.17.09
317 IAN MARTELLA BLENHEIM 2.22.48
318 YO McGILL BLENHEIM 2.23.24
313 ROWAN INGPEN RENWICK DNS

RECREATIONAL

402 ALAN DEAN DIANE KEENAN CHCH. PURAU 2.24.03
TANDEM 
413 REX COSTER NELSON 2.24.04
411 DEBBIE BAMFIELD RUBY BAY 2.24.05
415 JANINE STARKS NELSON 2.24.06
406 BECS HIDE RICHMOND 2.24.06
403 JULIE FRY NELSON 2.24.06
414 SUE DANIEL NELSON 2.24.07
400 BART ARNST BLENHEIM 2.24.07
417 SANDY WATTS NELSON 2.40.42
409 GRAHAM SNADDEN NELSON 2.40.43
416 PETER BROSNAHAN NELSON 2.40.44
404 STUART HAGUE NELSON 2.40.45
418 DAVE BAGSHAW NELSON 2.40.46
308 BRENDON CLEMETT BLENHEIM 2.05.46
405 LYNNE HAINES BLENHEIM 2.47.16
412 MIKE HOLLAND RENWICK 2.47.16
408 DAVID POOK PICTON 2.48.11
410 MARK THYNE PICTON 2.48.21
401 GREG CAIN PICTON 2.48.22

SOCIAL

454 CHERYL ERICKSON NELSON 2.40.10
462 RACHEL WHALLEY BLENHEIM 2.40.59
456 CLAIRE GRANT NELSON 2.41.05
460 TRICIA ROSS NELSON 2.41.10
463 NOEL GRAHAM BLENHEIM 2.50.14
453 STEVE CAIRNS BLENHEIM 3.10.03
455 IAN GABITES NELSON 3.12.11
457 VICKI JACKSON NELSON 3.12.22
464 RACHEL KENNY BLENHEIM 3.26.58
458 BRIAN KEENAN PURAU 3.42.45
451 GRAEME ALLAN CHCH 3.42.46
450 ANNE ALLAN CHCH 3.49.40
459 CAROLYN LEECH LYTTLETON 3.53.56

WYE - 43kms

146 ROSS WYLDE WESTPORT 1.11.32
119 COLIN McMAHON BLENHEIM 1.27.48
107 SHANAY HARVEY BLENHEIM 1.27.50

 


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