Back in the day, this ride was organised by a group of enthusiastic Wairarapa mountain bikers, including local cycling legend Brian Lambert.
These days Brian finds it more difficult to ride as he suffers from Parkinson’s. This event acknowledges Brian’s incredible contribution to Wairarapa cycling, and in turn raises money for Parkinson's patients in Wairarapa.
Private land has been opened up along on the stunning but rugged Wairarapa coastline especially for this trail ride.
Two courses are available, but it’s important to note that you will need to be a competent mountain bike rider to complete both these courses. The coast is exposed to extreme weather from the south or east. Significant sections of the trail do not have cell phone coverage. Some rivers may have washed out or present rough crossings, and you should be prepared to get your feet wet.
The 64 km long course starts at Pahaoa, runs up the Devils Creek Gorge through manuka bush and downhill across the Rerewhakaaitu River. It then follows a stunning coastal track through to Te Awaiti and Tora.
The course then crosses the Awhea River and passes by the infamous Magnet shipwreck at Te Kaukau Point and across the Opouawe River to White Rock and Ngapotiki.
Short course riders join the ride - 18km out from Ngawi at Ngapotiki, and then ride round Te Rakauwhakamataku Point to the Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and along gravel road to Ngawi fishing village.
** UPDATE** Due to the Ngawi Fishing competition, the finish will now take place in the paddock to the right of the Cape Palliser Lighthouse. Riders are welcome to continue their ride into Ngawi fishing village but parking might be tight. The shuttle will collect riders from Cape Palliser. This will result in the ride being 6km shorter.
Experienced mountain bikers should be able complete the 64km long course within 4-5 hours. A Shuttle bus is available to take riders to the start and bring them back from the finish, but spaces are limited.
Riders will need to complete and sign a ride rules and waiver form at registration.
For further details visit Huri Huri website or for more information on booking accommodation visit the Wairarapa NZ website.
This event is part of Wairarapa Summer of Cycling.