Calendar Event: February 24, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Skins Alpine Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race 2010

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Mon 8/Jun/09 3:39pm

New Zealand's XC Stage Race ~ Mt Somers to Tekapo
24 - 27 February 2010

Stage 01
Mt Somers to Inverary
35km, 800m ascent.

Stage 02
Inverary to the Rangitata River
35km, 1250m ascent.

Stage 03
Rangitata River to Rangitata Gorge
17km, 500m ascent.

Stage 04
Rangitata Gorge to Sherwood Hall
84km, 2000m ascent.

Stage 05
Sherwood Hall to Tekapo
72km, 1750m ascent.
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Re: Skins Alpine Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race 2010

Postby way_downsouth on Tue 25/Aug/09 9:49am

More details are out... check out

Entries Open 1st September

Interest has been massive and with a limit of 100 team places for 2010 you'll have to get in quickly to secure a spot. There is also a price incentive to enter early as after three months the entry fee will increase by $50 per rider.

The first team to enter will get a couple of bottles of Marfell's Beach wine, and a cycle top each...

The next 9 teams will also get a little thanks from us in the mail for being so speedy. Out of the first 20 teams to enter we will draw a fantastic prize of a flight aboard a hot air balloon in Queenstown with Sunrise Balloons. Will be absolutely stunning.

The Current Planned Course

Stage 1: Mt Somers village to Rangitata river- 45km, 1500m ascent
Fast and furious, lungs will burn as the pace will be red hot from the gun. After shuffling 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 greet riders as the course enters Inverary Station. Traversing classic tussock downs to the edge of the Hakatere Conservation Area, the course hits the major climb of the day which takes riders to a commanding view of the Rangitata headwaters, before descending rough ground to the river and end of stage 1.

Stage 2: Rangitata River to Rangitata Gorge - 17km, 500m ascent
Dust off your skin suit and aero it up. The end of day 1 will be a team time trial to the finish line near the Rangitata Gorge. A couple of steep climbs to begin with and the opportunity to stomp a big gear and pretend you are Jan Ulrich. The descent to the Rangitata is fast and spectacular, out to your left you may catch a glimpse of the Grade 5 rapids lurking in the gorge. Don’t fall into the river...

Stage 3: Rangitata Gorge to Ashwick Flat - 88km, 2300m ascent
Day 2, and with the odd tired leg you're off into the big mountains. A massive climb to start the day with a steep descent to the halfway point for the stage. Fill your drink bottles at the checkpoint and head off into the remote Phantom River region. Climb gradually for 25km before some undulations and river crossings lead you a great campsite on Ashwick Flat. The riding will be unforgiving, the scenery wild and surreal. You'll need to work as a team to make sure there are no issues with dehydration or bonking as this could lead to massive time gaps. Technical prowess, an ability to pace yourself and endurance will be rewarded.
Pending Department of Conservation approval

Stage 4: Sherwood to Mackenzie basin - 72km, 1450m ascent
Undulating and rough (which we admit is a fairly woolly description), this will be a stage that gets progressively faster as you climb over the hills of Burkes Pass and roll onto the harsh and desolate high country terrain of the Mackenzie basin. If it’s blowing norwest it will be bakingly dry and tough; however stunning views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, and a spectacular campsite nestled under the sheltering slopes of the Mary Range will provide the incentive needed to stay on the bike and hammer out the last long day of the 2010 Alpine Epic.

Stage 5: Mackenzie basin to Lake Tekapo – 49km, 750m ascent
The final stage of the 2010 Alpine Epic will see riders climb from the campsite onto hills above Lake Pukaki. At the head of the lake the permanent ice fields of the Southern Alps will stand out starkly in the morning sky. Rocky and steep, the descent will shred many a tire, and you’ll need to be handling your bike well to get down the rock garden style track in one piece. Ride smooth rollers past alpine tarns and startle the odd Merino as you ride upriver and into Tekapo to a chilled Moa and the finish line of the 2010 Alpine Epic.


All stages are subject to change, we might discover some really cool terrain that we want to take you into, or may have to alter due to weather, access, stock, fire, big cat or Al Qaeda concerns. Also pending Department of Conservation approval.

I was lucky enough to do this race last year and it was amazing - comfortably the best race/ride I have ever done. Don't miss out on it this year like me - I will be back in 2011 though!
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Re: Skins Alpine Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race 2010

Postby Conners on Tue 25/Aug/09 10:07am

Wow - some impressive changes incorporated into the course for next year. Nick and the team have obviously been spending a lot of time scoping their maps.
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Re: Skins Alpine Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race 2010

Postby ontherivet on Mon 31/Aug/09 10:13am

Yep things looking good for 2010, getting deep in the Mackenzie onto some pretty spectacular new riding. Has potential to be baking hot...

Entries open Tuesday 1st September, 9am.
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Re: Skins Alpine Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race 2010

Postby ontherivet on Mon 28/Sep/09 12:12pm

Gidday out there, have just returned from couple of days scoping out the last couple of stages for the 2010 Alpine Epic. New tracks and mind blowing scenery, will be approaching Lake Tekapo from an entirely new direction on the last day...

Entries flowing in and things taking shape.

Hope to see you there
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Re: Skins Alpine Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race 2010

Postby Tanasi on Sun 18/Oct/09 9:17am

Hi Guys,

I'm looking for a riding partner to do the event with. If anyone is interested please contact me on

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