The mountain bike event takes riders on an iconic off-road course through the magnificent Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations. There is only one chance to bike this course each year, through some of the most beautiful parts of the country, and it’s by riding this event. Set in the Southern high country of New Zealand, there are many rivers to cross, hills to climb and a few steep descents thrown into the mix.
The ride starts at Glendhu Bay on the shore of Lake Wanaka and finishes at historic Arrowtown.
This year, it was a cold five degrees at the start line before the start of the race.
This event can be as challenging or as laid back as you want it to be with pros, amateurs, and newbies all racing the same 47km track, which creates a large part of the demand for Avanti’s input – through on-course bike mechanics.
A large part of our involvement is the supply of skilled bike mechanics who provide on-course support whilst riding the 47km course throughout the day. Although, you wouldn’t call the course a technical mountain biking course, because it has river crossings, combined with small steep gullies, bike mechanics are kept busy throughout the day helping with broken chains and multiple punctures.
As always, there were a large number of competitors who expressed their gratitude to the Avanti bike mechanics at the finish area.