Distance: 1350 km
Elevation Gain: 22,000m+
Terrain: Singletrack 140km / Hike-a-bike 50km
The Tour Te Waipounamu bikepacking race will start at Cape Farewell on Sunday 14 February 2021. It will end at Slope Point a week or more later. In between it will traverse the South Island’s high country, that land between the plains and the Southern Alps with a deserved reputation as a harsh, beautiful landscape.
While it might be tempting to treat this as a scenic tour, this is a race. By choosing to test yourself in the Tour Te Waipounamu you will need the ability to ride your bike for many hours over multiple days, strong technical riding skills, self-reliance and the experience to make good decisions in what can be an unforgiving environment. The race crosses through more than 200 kms of private land with access to these sections only available during the event. Entries will be restricted to a maximum of 50 riders. Route details will be released to racers closer to the start date.
If you would like to be part of the inaugural race, contact Brian Alder ([email protected]) before 14th September 2020 with why you want to be on the start line. You’ll need to convince him that you can finish an event of this difficulty, can look after yourself in remote backcountry and be a responsible citizen on private land.
Note: In your request to race please include:
- Your contact details
- Your biking experience; include anything relevant including tours or events you have completed, including finish times where relevant.
- Your outdoor experience; are you a keen tramper etc?
- Anything else that you want to say.