EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE NELSON TASMAN REGION AND LAND CLOSURES
This page is for everyone who has entered the Aorere Enduro - we’ll add all the information you need about race day, timetables, trails (when announced) where and when to register and all that other good stuff.
Each day you will be starting at the Botanics Sports Field, Milton Street, Nelson (Google map here). It is just minutes from the centre of town.
If you are driving to the event, please park at Branford Park. It is a short ride to the event village. There will be signage to show you where to go.
As per EWS rules, helmets and knee pads are compulsory.
Please note: Full Face helmets are compulsory for the Aorere Enduro. Helmets must be worn at all times - that includes liaisons as well as race runs.
All EWS rules apply so please read the rule-book if you are uncertain.
Practice Days – 7 and 8 February
You are required to be at registration from 7.00 am on 7 February. Your registration pack includes your race plate, your stage start and uplift times and some other treats.
Briefing will be at 8.00 am and practice will begin after this.
You are required to be fully self-sufficient during the practice days. No water or food stations will be provided.
On 7 February you will practice race stages 1-4.
On 8 February you will practice race stages 5-9.
Race Days – 9 and 10 February
Each morning you must report to the Event Village to get your timing chip. Riders will get their uplift times as part of their liaison. We recommend you register at least one hour before your uplift time as it is an approximate 20 minute pedal to the uplift.
There will be one water station each day provided by Camelbak, however you will need to be self-sufficient with food.
B-Rad Cycle Service will be available at the Event Village for full mechanical services.
At the end of the final stage on 10 February, all riders will be able to enjoy free local beverages thanks to Sprig and Fern Brewery and local seafood thanks to New Zealand King Salmon at the event village.
Prize Giving will be held when all results are available.
There will be an afterparty at The Vic Mac’s Brewbar in town on the Sunday evening that everyone is invited to. More info to come (but you won't want to miss it).
Race Village - race days
Krankin Kids Day – Sunday 10 February:
If your family is looking to support you, there will be biking entertainment and activities at the event village from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm run by Krankin Kids. Get the kids involved!
Krankin’Kids is excited to be involved with the event. Every hour between 9.00am and 1.00pm there will be something happening, with heaps of time for learning and practicing in between. Below are some of the activities that will be happening:
Longest Wheelie - Coaches can teach those who would like to learn
Cornering on Berms - There will be a couple of wooden berms which you can learn and practice on
Dual Slalom - You could race your friends or against a coach of your choosing
Speed Ride & Stopping - Shortest stop after from your fastest ride.
How’s your Balance? - Ride wooden planks, sea-saws and more (this is the Sport Tasman equipment that may have been at your school)
Get your young riders to bring their bikes and come hang out with Krankin Kids. Their coaches are always happy to share anything they know with shredders who are keen to learn!
Specialized Fan/Get Rowdy Zone:
Event sponsor Specialized and Village Cycles are setting up a Fanzone on stage 8 on Sunday 10 February - this will be the place for spectators and supporters to gather, make some noise, get rowdy, enjoy some hospitality from Specialized and basically have a damn good time. It will have easy access and be a great viewing spot. More info nearer the event - but get your supporters lined up now, they won't want to miss the action.
Ibis Prize Package:
Thanks to our sponsor Ibis Cycles, eight lucky riders will win an Ibis B-Rad Service Pro Pack. This includes:
Ibis Tote Bag
B-Rad Pro Service Voucher - retail value $250
BLT Voucher (from the Ibis pit BBQ)
Refreshment (Rigger of Ginger Beer tbc)
Winners will be announced on our facebook page the night before each practice and race day, and at the rider briefings each morning.
Flying with your bike
If you are flying into Nelson with your bike, we suggest you read Air New Zealand's policy and book any extra luggage well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
You can read their policy here.
The Maitai Valley Motor Camp is in the heart of the Maitai Valley where you will be riding and only a ten minute ride to the Event Village. At only $10 a night per person for camping, this is a great place to stay. Alternative bike friendly accommodation includes the Inn Between, or check out the Nelson Tasman website.
If you are looking to fuel up during your stay in Nelson, the Fresh Choice Nelson supermarket is the closest supermarket to the Event Village and stocks a really great range of local and organic fresh products. They are big supporters of mountain biking in our region so drop in, say hi and stock up.
Bike parts and servicing
You know what it's like - you open your bike bag and have forgotten your shoes, helmet, gloves, pads, chainlube etc etc - or you've simply ridden so hard in practice you need new brake pads, tyres, grips and all that stuff. Village Cycles stocks a massive range of parts and accessories and their mechanics are first class. They are also event sponsors and Gold sponsors of NMTBC - so head in and have a chat to them about what you need.
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Here is a great event preview from PinkBike