Calendar Event: April 4, 2009

Fat Tyre Heli Bike Race April 4th 09

Postby fatbastard on Thu 19/Feb/09 3:18pm

Fat Tyre Heli Bike race 4th April
From the same people that bought you the Brake Burner, Fat Tyre Adventures has now launched Otago's first Heli bike race. The Fat Tyre guides spend most days riding around the hill in Central Otago and know the area well. This is the only time most riders will get to ride from the Dunstan Mountains and 1700m above sea level. With views as far as Mt Cook to the North and the Remarkables to the South West it will be hard to concentrate on the trail as you plunge to the lake below.

The Track.
5 min flight up to 1700m -13km to the valley below.
Fast 4x4 track, loose steep rocky sections some sheep track. A small amount of pedalling but all very rideable!! The Track starts with a gentle down ward slope then a few steep sections and gets steep and faster as you get nearer to the finish line amongst the vines at the finish line – a good time could be about 30min??? Some will say what's the rush as it is stunning up there.

Location
Northburn Station 'The Shed'- Wine house Cromwell Central Otago.

HOW YOU GET THERE
On the Cromwell Tarras Rd highway 8 3km north of the Cromwell Deadmans point bridge in the direction of Tarras. Please note that there is a big sign 'The Shed' on the highway this is the correct place.

Race Day
Registration 8.30am
Race briefing 9.45am
Race starts 10am

How it all works
The helicopters take six riders and their bikes at a time. There are purpose built bike racks that fit on each side of the helicopter. There will be a bike loader that will load the bikes. The flight will be about 5mins flying up and over the course, landing at Mt Dunstan nay 1700m. Bike unloaders will take the bikes from the Helicopter.

You will then race down the mountain- the format will vary depending on the Category but you will be timed from the top and then when you pass the finish line at the vineyard at the bottom.

Categories.
We have decided to bust away from tradition as this is not your normal kind of race. The categories will be divided into those that want to race and those that want to go on a cheap Heli bike. For the racers the categories are all about how long the front suspension travel is. So it will be up to the rider to be the difference and not the bike.

This will be about the riders. So we have a XC style, an All mountain and a DH category separated in definition by fork length.

WHAT TO BRING
Mountain bike, helmet (compulsory item), spare tubes and tools, there may be spear grass and will be a kilometre or two of rock garden. It is advisable to bring a windbreaker jacket, the top of the mountain will be about 10C colder than the valley.

Food and Drink
The Vineyard will have food and drink wine and beer available all day- I will have more info on this later.

Prize giving will be about 30min after the last racer is finished (the timing of this will be dependent on the entry numbers).

More Detailed info will be sent out to racers.

Original Post wrote:It's a bit late getting all this info out but the Brake burner takes up a bit of time.
The Fat Tyre Heli bike race is a Heli accessed race with a bit of a difference- the Categories will be in inches(cm) so if you ride a 100mm front sus bike you will not be competing with anyone with 180 triple clamps. This should make it more of a level playing field with like racing like-
Categories will be up to 130, 131 to 160 over 160.. all front suspension measurements- can be a full sus or hard trail.
Dunstan Mountain Cromwell – Near leaning rock – if you ‘Google earth ‘Cromwell you will find the top of the Dunstan’s north east of Cromwell.

See the entry form on line soon, we are doing the final sorting out but will be this week end. As always there will be a limited number of riders and first in will not miss out.
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Re: Fat Tyre Heli Bike Race April 4th 09

Postby Tama on Mon 23/Feb/09 3:05pm

Now with entry form: download/file.php?id=110992
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Re: Fat Tyre Heli Bike Race April 4th 09

Postby Tama on Thu 2/Apr/09 10:45am

Anyone out there lucky enough to be doing this?
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Re: Fat Tyre Heli Bike Race April 4th 09

Postby herbman on Thu 2/Apr/09 10:58am

am looking to do it, but not with the race.

we will 4WD up one weekend, have dropped down the other side into alex.
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Re: Fat Tyre Heli Bike Race April 4th 09

Postby fatbastard on Thu 2/Apr/09 3:46pm

Hi
All is set for the weekend with a few entries, well enough to have it go ahead. The trail we are riding is on private land the opisite side of the mountain to the trail Herbman will do which is still on private land- we are luck that most of thye farmers let us ride and have access- but remember to ask first as you can all stuff it up for the rest of us.
G.
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Re: Fat Tyre Heli Bike Race April 4th 09

Postby herbman on Thu 2/Apr/09 7:00pm

fatbastard wrote:Hi
All is set for the weekend with a few entries, well enough to have it go ahead. The trail we are riding is on private land the opisite side of the mountain to the trail Herbman will do which is still on private land- we are luck that most of thye farmers let us ride and have access- but remember to ask first as you can all stuff it up for the rest of us.
G.


there is also a bit of DOC land up that way to.

weather should be a good day for it and the roads will be fast and rocky.
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Re: Fat Tyre Heli Bike Race April 4th 09

Postby fatbastard on Fri 6/Nov/09 12:11pm

Fat Tyre Heli Bike race 27th March 2010

From the same people that bought you the Brake Burner, Fat Tyre Adventures has now launched Otago's second Heli bike race.
With views as far as Mt Cook to the North and the Remarkables to the South West it will be hard to concentrate on the trail as you plunge to the lake below.

The Track.
5 min flight up to 1700m -13km to the valley below.
Loose steep rocky sections some sheep track. A small amount of pedalling but all very rideable!! The Track starts with a gentle down ward slope then a few steep sections and gets steep and faster as you get nearer to the finish line amongst the vines at the finish line – a good time could be about 30min??? Some will say what the rush is as it is stunning up there.

Location
Northburn Station 'The Shed'- Wine house Cromwell Central Otago.

HOW YOU GET THERE
On the Cromwell Tarras Rd highway 8 3km north of the Cromwell Deadmans point bridge in the direction of Tarras. Please note that there is a big sign 'The Shed' on the highway this is the correct place.

Race Day
Registration 8.30am
Race briefing 9.45am
Race starts 10am

How it all works
The helicopters take six riders and their bikes at a time. There are purpose built bike racks that fit on each side of the helicopter. There will be a bike loader that will load the bikes. The flight will be about 5mins flying up and over the course, landing at Mt Dunstan nay 1700m. Bike unloaders will take the bikes from the Helicopter.

Mini Avalanche of 6 at a time race down the mountain- the format may vary depending on the Category but you will be timed from the top and then when you pass the finish line at the vineyard at the bottom.

Categories.
We have decided to bust away from tradition as this is not your normal kind of race. The categories will be divided into those that want to race and those that want to go on a cheap Heli bike. For the racers the categories are all about how long the front suspension travel is. So it will be up to the rider to be the difference and not the bike.

This will be about the riders. So we have a XC style, an All mountain and a DH category separated in definition by fork length.

WHAT TO BRING
Mountain bike, helmet (compulsory item), spare tubes and tools, there may be spear grass and will be a kilometre or two of rock garden. It is advisable to bring a windbreaker jacket; the top of the mountain will be about 10C colder than the valley.

Food and Drink
The Vineyard will have food and drink wine and beer available all day- I will have more info on this later.

Prize giving will be about 30min after the last racer is finished (the timing of this will be dependent on the entry numbers).

More Detailed info will be sent out to racers.

Please note the date change from some early advertising – we are moving the date away from the Oceania MTB date.
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