The '08' Cyclic Saga 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 definitely not normally accessible to mountain bikers, ever! - 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.
Hey, lie to them if you have to. "Hi, Yeah, I've got this cruisy 2-day ride I've been meaning to do for a while , are you up to it? "
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 '08' course will have a seemingly mind boggling 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.
The Cyclicsaga 2008 will be held on the 15th & 16th of March. Travel time will be about 90-100mins from Christchurch.
A reasonable level of fitness is recommended, but it is as hard as you want to make it. Held over two days in an as yet unridden area.
Contact Rob or Jo firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 027 4416898