This exciting mountain bike relay event will be celebrating its twelfth year in 2017 and is one race you don’t want to miss. It will be 10 and 6 hours of non stop mountain bike action! Kick back with other mountain bikers in a very social atmosphere – race as hard as you want, be competitive, be relaxed but whatever, just come and enjoy some great mountain bike racing. You can choose from either the 10 Hour Day / Nighter or the 6 Hour Blast… enter as a Team or for those wanting the ultimate challenge, as a Solo Rider.
Important note… this event will be limited to the following:
10 Hour Day/Nighter (10am-8pm)
- 100x Teams and 50x Solo Riders
6 Hour Blast (10am-4pm)
- 300x Teams and 70x Solo Riders
Entries are on a first in, first served basis.
McLean’s Forest Park, McLean’s Island Road, Christchurch
The entrance to the venue area is approx. 1km before the main entrance to McLean’s Forest Recreational area and will be well signposted on the day.
Please note - the map posted above is the course we used in 2016 and will be similar to the 2017 course. Due to weather or Ecan requirements the map may change on race day and if any changes are made they will be notified at race briefing. EACH LAP IS APPROX 11 km’s including team site area.
The mountain bike track at McLean’s Forest Park is purpose build and features free flowing single track with bermed corners making for superb smooth riding. The track follows the natural terrain of the area, winding through the forest and up, over and along the stop banks. There are no major hills but plenty of undulating riding. On race day we'll mix up the single track with 4WD track so there will be plenty of places for passing.
Running from 10am to 10pm the 10 Hour is a spectacle of an event for all involved. Enter as a team, or test yourself as a solo rider around the undulating 11km course.
Remember to pack a few extra gels to keep the energy levels high as you aim to conquer this marathon event.
The 6 Hour Blast starts at the same time as the 10 hour and finishes at 4pm with teams and solo riders whipping around the 11km loop to carve out as many laps as they can in 6 Hours.
A great event for teams who want to be involved in a big day out and solo riders wanting to test out their speed and endurance.
This event is open to riders 14 years and over if in a Team, and 16 years and over if riding Solo.
If you are new to racing, for your safety and enjoyment and that of other competitors, you do need to train and have the necessary skills and fitness required to race, i.e you need to be confident racing amongst groups of riders, know how to ride on single track and know race etiquette of being passed or passing another rider.
1st / 2nd / 3rd place getters in each category will each be awarded a handcrafted medal and prize voucher.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors there will be a stash of spot prizes to be won on race day.
Will be by transponder. Each Solo Rider and Team will receive one transponder that must be worn on your ankle. The transponder is exchanged between riders at their Team site. The transponder must be handed back at the end of the event.
Lights (compulsory item) for 10 hour day/nighter
You will need a good front light (either mounted on your handlebars or helmet) and a rear (non flickering) light. Sunset on October 14th is estimated to be at 7:51pm so you will need your light on your bike for any lap from 7:30pm onwards approximately. PLEASE ensure your lights are fully charged before the race as there are no onsite facilities for charging batteries.
Mountain bikes or cross cycle bikes only permitted (this means no unicycles, tandems or E-bikes)
In this event so this means no unicycles or tandems.
St Johns will be providing first aid at this event and this will include paramedics. In the event that you require first aid for yourself or another rider or spectator, in the first instance request assistance (or ask another rider) from the nearest marshal. There are marshal's stationed out on the course and at the race venue/team site area. The marshal will radio race HQ who will then dispatch the paramedic or St Johns personal to you. DO NOT call 111 as this causes unnecessary delays in getting help to the injured person.
For your own safety and enjoyment and that of other competitors, please have your bike serviced pre-race so it is in race ready condition. Note: bar ends must have plugs in.
On the day bike repairs / spare parts etc
There will be a cycle service center beside the main marquee for on the day bike repairs. They will have available, tyres, tubes, chains etc. for purchase.
No dogs are permitted at this event.
You can camp
The night before and after the event on your team site if you wish.
- Camping Friday night only (or Fri/Sat nights) – You may set up your tent anytime between 5-7:30pm on Friday 13th Oct. When arriving at the venue on Friday afternoon you must check in at the main marquee and you'll be shown where to set up. IMPORTANT NOTE: If camping Friday night someone MUST stay onsite with your tent or campervan etc. This is for security and safety reasons - McLean's Forest Park is prone to strong overnight winds so you need to be onsite to ensure your tent is well secured and not a danger to other campers. Any unattended tents will be removed.
- Camping Saturday night only – when you arrive on Saturday morning, drive into the team site area and whatever site you are allocated you can stay on overnight.
- Note: no responsibility will be taken for unattended gear left onsite.
Saturday 14th October
7:00–9:00am Set up team site
The gates to the venue open at 7am. Your team site needs to be set up by 9am so that that the lanesways through the team sites can be cleared of incoming vehicles in time for the start at 10am.
7:30-9:00am Rider Check
All Solo Riders and Teams must check in and collect their race pack. Check in will be at the main marquee.
9.30am Race Briefing
ALL riders must attend race briefing.
10:00am START - All Riders
4:00pm FINISH - 6 Hour Blast
4:30pm Prize Giving 6 Hour Blast
8:00pm FINISH - 10 Hour Day/Nighter
8:30pm Prize Giving 10 Hour Day/Nighter
Number of riders in a team
All teams may have a minimum of 2 or maximum of 5 riders per Team. This applies to both the 10 & 6 Hour Teams
Mixed teams (must be a mix of men and women)
If there are 5 riders in the Team, a minimum of 2 must be women. If there are 4 riders in a Team, a minimum of 1 must be a woman.
Can be made up of, only men, only women or any mix of gender. Your teams may be staff, family of staff and clients of your company (note: even though your team is representing your company you can if you wish, enter ANY category).
Corporate pro teams
This category is for your teams that want to be more competitive and riders will generally be fitter and more experienced.
Corporate social teams
This category is for teams that want to compete at a more social level and/or teams that are a mix of rider fitness and skill level.
Are where you start and finish your lap from and each site fronts onto the course laneway.
Who rides when
Each team sends out one rider at a time to race. You start from your team site, ride a lap of the course, come back through the timekeeping tent and back to your team site.
You then either do another lap or you exchange the timing transponder with your next team member and they then go out to race. Teams decide themselves what order their team members ride in and how many laps each team member rides.
Only the riders that you register on your entry form are permitted to race. This means:
- Supporters coming out on the day may not race if they are not registered on your entry form.
- Say you register and pay for 4 riders on your entry form , and one rider races for 4 hours but has to leave early so you get a fifth rider to replace them. As this fifth rider is not registered on the entry form and it would also be considered as bringing in ‘fresh legs’ this is not permitted and teams doing this will be disqualified.
- If you need to add/delete/replace a rider in your team, you need to advise us no later than 9am on the day. Once the race has started no changes can be made.
If you're not aligned to a team and would prefer your own team site, on the morning of the event drive into the venue and you will be allocated a team site.
Will be allocated a 5m wide x 9m deep team site for the duration of the event so keep this in mind when planning what shelter you will erect on your site, i.e. Ezy up, tent, campervan etc. You can camp overnight on your site (see below under camping).
Your team site
Is where you start and finish your lap from. Each site fronts onto the course laneway. Supporters can also join you at your team site at any time during the event. The car park is within close walking distance.
Are allocated as you arrive at the venue area. If you wish to be beside another team, you will need to organize to arrive at the venue together so that you are allocated your sites side by side.
Vehicles on your team site
Each team site will fit one Ezy up and one vehicle. Once a vehicle is on a team site it cannot be removed until the event is over. There is car parking for all extra vehicles and supporters coming out during the day within close walking distance of the venue area.
6 Hour Blast riders
Can pack up and depart the venue area once your event has finished. Or if you wish to stay on at your team site after the race you are welcome to do so.
If you have a marquee or are thinking about hiring one, please email email@example.com for more information on this. Please don’t hire one without letting us know as we have limited spaces available for marquees and also need to supply access details for erection of marquee pre-race.
Family and friends
To hang out with and you’ll appreciate the support and encouragement plus someone needs to get the coffee in!
It goes without saying, come prepared for both hot and cold temperatures.
To purchase coffee, food, a race T or spare parts etc.
If you have a product, service or another event that you want to promote at this event, please contact us to discuss. In fairness to the sponsors of this event, any person selling or promoting a product or service or another event without the race director’s permission will be asked to cease or leave.
If circumstances outside of the control of Blue Dog Events Ltd cause cancellation of this race prior to 14th October 2017, Blue Dog Events Ltd will endeavor to re schedule the race. Competitors who have paid will have their entry fee carried over to the new date or offered a full refund. If cancellation occurs on the 14th October due to circumstances beyond the control of Blue Dog Events Ltd no refund will be given.
Changes & Withdrawals
If you need to amend or withdraw your entry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org the details and quote name/team name and category.
If you withdraw your entry, the following refund policy will apply.
Before August 31st
100% of the entry fee will be refunded less a $15 admin fee.
Between Sept 1st – Oct 7th
50% of the entry fee will be refunded.
Between Oct 8th – 13th
25% of the entry fee will be refunded.
Withdrawals on race day
No refund will be given.
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