Calendar Event: March 14, 2009 - March 15, 2009

2009 Ground Effect Cyclic Saga

Postby robharrow on Wed 28/Jan/09 11:18am

The "09" Cyclicsaga promises two days of sweat, blood, laughter, tears, fence hopping, bush bashing?, tale swapping, rivalry, brain fade, honest grunt and bloody good fun in an, until now, zealously guarded labyrinth of trails / tracks / dead ends and back country roads..... yummy.

This unique event combines the physical challenge of mountain bike racing with the cunning of orienteering. You get to explore places which are not normally accessible to mtn bikers - charting a route from the start point to the overnight campsite that will inevitably involve grinding up several steep hills, flying down others, and generally having an outrageous time in some out-of-the-way places.

It works like this... Hook up with a riding buddy, or buddies, to form a two, three or four person team.
(The course area kept secret until two weeks before the event.But I can say that it will be between 40mins to an hour of ChCh.)
At the start of the Saga you receive a map of the area with controls marked on it. The controls are worth different points depending on how difficult they are to reach. The aim is to score the maximum points in the allowed time. You only get the informaton just prior to the start, so it's up to you to think of the best strategy to get around the course giving you the most points for the least amount of expended energy! Remember, there is a second day.

We'll lug your overnight equipment and food to the campsite for you, but you need to be self sufficient during the day.

The Cyclic Saga involves two long-ish days so you'll want to be reasonably fit, and have some basic map reading skills. But it need only be as hard as you make it - you are able to choose a route and pace that suits your skills and fitness.Controls are set out to be acheivable for beginners and the elite. The '09' course will have an endless amount of route choice....but thats good.... isn't it?.....................ha ha ha..good luck.

Remember that the fittest will not always be the winner on terrain like this. It will help, but a combination of brains and brawn will help more.


March 14th & 15th 2009
Check it out at http://www.cyclicsaga.co.nz

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robharrow
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Re: Groundeffect Cyclicsaga 2009 14th&15th March

Postby sifter on Wed 28/Jan/09 1:41pm

Not sure if we'll make it down this year Rob! Excellent event, though it reminds us how spoilt we are in Wellington with Michael's maps. Fingers crossed. Looking forward to the Ak Attack on Saturday...
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Re: Groundeffect Cyclicsaga 2009 14th&15th March

Postby robharrow on Thu 29/Jan/09 12:56pm

Never say never.
You'll find the map this year a vast improvement on previous years. But as you say it's hard for a punter to compete with Mikes huge mapping effort of the Welly region.
Maybe he need's some time out in Canterbury?
Good luck in the Ak Attack. Rob
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Re: Groundeffect Cyclicsaga 2009 14th&15th March

Postby sifter on Thu 29/Jan/09 1:47pm

robharrow wrote:Never say never.
You'll find the map this year a vast improvement on previous years. But as you say it's hard for a punter to compete with Mikes huge mapping effort of the Welly region.
Maybe he need's some time out in Canterbury?
Good luck in the Ak Attack. Rob


Cheers mate! Keep up the good work :)
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Re: Groundeffect Cyclicsaga 2009 14th&15th March

Postby Oli on Thu 29/Jan/09 6:26pm

Wellington misses you, Rob! :love:
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Re: 2009 Ground Effect Cyclic Saga

Postby matakivi on Tue 17/Mar/09 12:24am

I have always hated Finnish landscape because there are no hills or mountains. Last weekend changed everything :p

One of the hardest MTB events that I have ever done (including solo 24h). Funny how you have to push hard as you can all the time even thou you don’t have group to hang on or to get rid of (except your team mates :paranoid: ?!?). Top of that you can even be late from finish line for 25 minutes :thumbsup: and burn your points...

Excellent event, would recommend to anyone except persons that are from flat lands like Finland.
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Re: 2009 Ground Effect Cyclic Saga

Postby HamishS on Wed 18/Mar/09 10:35am

matakivi wrote:I have always hated Finnish landscape because there are no hills or mountains. Last weekend changed everything :p

One of the hardest MTB events that I have ever done (including solo 24h). Funny how you have to push hard as you can all the time even thou you don’t have group to hang on or to get rid of (except your team mates :paranoid: ?!?). Top of that you can even be late from finish line for 25 minutes :thumbsup: and burn your points...

Excellent event, would recommend to anyone except persons that are from flat lands like Finland.

Maybe you shouldn't have put so many beers in your back pack! :-P
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Re: 2009 Ground Effect Cyclic Saga

Postby matakivi on Thu 19/Mar/09 8:50pm

HamishS wrote:Maybe you shouldn't have put so many beers in your back pack! :-P


I was under assumption that you have to be self sufficient on this race. And it's safe also: no room for rocks in my back ;)
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