Contact Epic - B&B Accommodation - Wanaka - 26th Apr 2014

WELCOME to your ultimate MTB challenge for endurance athletes and people with a sense of adventure. NZ’s ultimate mountain bike challenge.


The Contact Epic is about the challenge of circumnavigating the shores of Lake Hawea which is located on the edge of Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. The ride is a 125 km journey of discovery about the land, about your bike and about yourself.
It is a once a year opportunity to be part of a race and a great day out riding through the Hunter Valley and Dingle Burn high country farming stations of Lake Hawea. This is only achieved through special permission from the land owners. The course is undulating and varied with river and stream crossings, lots of short climbs and long descents. There is also a 95km option for those not ready to take on the whole lake, this time.
This is the country’s longest circumnavigation of a lake and is the mountain bikers equivalent of the Lake Taupo road biking challenge. However, this is more of an adventure than a race. Those that are super fit and want to race hard will be tested over this terrain. Those who see this as a major personal challenge will be able to pace themselves and enjoy the history, scenery and wilderness of this remote area.
The course will not be littered with signage and support people, it will be left as untouched as possible to allow you to enjoy this environment in its natural state. With this comes some personal responsibility, which is a big part of the event ethos. We are taking the bubble-wrapping away and letting you take on this event knowing that you will need motivation, common sense and tenacity to get to the finish line.
We believe that when good people are actively engaged in considering and planning their own adventure and safety, they will make the best decisions to suit their own circumstances and ability.
To that end there will be no official bike checks, no compulsory gear list, no cotton wool and no excuses, just you taking on this challenge on your own terms.

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