Alpine Epic - 4 Day Stage Race For Nz

Postby inzane on Thu 5/Jun/08 8:27am

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Stage racing finally comes to nz... :thumbsup:

More information available at: http://www.alpineepic.co.nz/

Mt Somers to Tekapo - Wed, 25 of Feb through to Saturday, 28 Feb, 2009
* 4 days, 5 stages, 250kms, 4600m of climbing
* Camping in the high country
* Two person teams - team mates must ride whole course together
* All logistical support provided: meals, medical and technical
* No support crew required
* Cash prizes


Breakdown of race stages
Day 1- Stage 1: Mt Somers to Inverary - 35km, 800m ascent

Fast and furious from the time the starter gun goes off. After jockeying for position, riders will hit undulating 4wd tracks through historic farmland and stands of native beech. Rocky creek crossings and the odd glimpse deep into the Arrowsmith ranges can be seen as the course enters Inverary Station. Traversing some classic tussock downs to the finish line and campsite high above the Hakatere Conservation Area.


Day 2. Stage 2: Inverary to the Rangitata River - 35km, 1250m ascent
Another fast short stage, but featuring a scenic river gorge, a checkpoint at a historic musterers hut, some steep and rough climbs and a fast descent of an overgrown track to the Rangitata River. A final bash through matagouri and chest deep snowgrass to the finish will keep riders honest.


Day 2. Stage 3: Rangitata River to Rangitata Gorge - 15km, 150m ascent
It’s time for riders to dust off their skin suits and get aerodynamic. The end of day 2 will be a team time trial to the finish line near the Rangitata Gorge. There are a couple of steep climbs to begin with and the opportunity to click into a big gear. Knobbly tyres are needed on for the final descent which is super slippery when wet.


Day 3. Stage 4: Rangitata Gorge to Sherwood Hall - 80km, 2300m ascent
Today is the longest day in the race and it’s all about big mountains. There’s a massive climb to start the day with a steep descent to the halfway point for the stage. After riders fill their drink bottles at the checkpoint they head off into the remote Phantom River region. There’s a gradual 25km climb before some undulations and fast descents. The riding will be unforgiving and rough, rewarding technical prowess and endurance. Good teamwork will be needed to ensure there are no issues with dehydration or exhaustion as this could lead to massive time gaps.


Day 4. Stage 5: Sherwood to Tekapo - 62km, 1950m ascent
The end is in sight but the Two Thumb range is a major hurdle to negotiate. There’s a short and fast ride to the hills and then a steady climb onto the foot of the Two Thumb range. Riders can soak up the serenity before a rough bike carry and climb to the crest of the ridge overlooking the Mackenzie Basin and Lake Tekapo. In the distance the intimidating bulk of Aoraki Mount Cook crowns the horizon. The incredible 1000m descent is rough at first then speeds up, finishing over undulating tussock rollers and smooth tracks to the Lilybank Road. Roll into Tekapo to the finish of the 2009 Skins Alpine Epic and a hero’s welcome!
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RE: Xc: Alpine Epic - 4 Day Stage Race For Nz

Postby Punter on Thu 5/Jun/08 8:32am

fuck yea i'm in.

what a mission
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Postby Zoom on Thu 5/Jun/08 9:18am

Awesome - I love stage races :)
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Postby sifter on Thu 5/Jun/08 9:28am

I wonder if Simonk would be interested in doing this with me?!

Edit: he might appreciated the supported aspect of this, and the relatively low climbing, and distance...!!!
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Postby Grapefruit on Thu 5/Jun/08 9:41am

COoooooooool - awww Feb 09!!! cant we have one like...next weekend :devil:
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Postby Nick_K on Thu 5/Jun/08 11:05am

Awesome, I'd be keen as if only I could find a friend.
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Postby phunk on Thu 5/Jun/08 11:17am

:pmob: That does sound rather cool.
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Postby JUANGEAR on Thu 5/Jun/08 12:06pm

Hell yes, Im a most keen :thumbsup:
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Postby VERT on Thu 5/Jun/08 12:40pm

oh fcuk that looks cool, very keen, i'll be your friend Nick
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Postby ryda on Thu 5/Jun/08 12:44pm

funny thing is Dean moved the 24hr N-duro from this date..cos it always clashed with the nationals :crazy:
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Postby phunk on Thu 5/Jun/08 12:47pm

:pmob: No-one goes to the nationals anyway.
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Postby Gracie on Thu 5/Jun/08 12:49pm

Sounds totally awesome - I'm keen as for this one!! :satan:

Anyone up for a female team?? :crazy:

Want more details - terrain?, tracks?, roads? exhilerating downhills?, cost?, how much do I have to sell my soul for to be able to afford it? :blush:
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Postby skint on Thu 5/Jun/08 1:02pm

This looks great!
I'll head over to adultfriendfinder.com now for someone to do this with...
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Postby inzane on Thu 5/Jun/08 2:04pm

Gracie wrote: Sounds totally awesome - I'm keen as for this one!! :satan:

Anyone up for a female team?? :crazy:

Want more details - terrain?, tracks?, roads? exhilerating downhills?, cost?, how much do I have to sell my soul for to be able to afford it? :blush:


yeh, I want the more info too... but I am guessing that they are still sorting out the details.

I have biked in there... there is some awesome terrain, and I would say it is mostly 4wd track and there will be some that will be totally without a trail I would think... I would be prepared for some crossing of mighty rivers and for it to get pretty steep in places!! I am interested to see what the route is because this is pretty much home turf for me!
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Postby ryda on Thu 5/Jun/08 2:17pm

phunk wrote: :pmob: No-one goes to the nationals anyway.
but you don't go ? :paranoid:
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