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Welcome to Race 3 of the 2021/22 series 

RACE DAY 11 & 12 JUNE 2022

This race is split across two days, SHORT starting from Te Putake O Tawa Saturday 11 June at 9am. LONG Course race beginning at 9am Sunday 12 June. The event hub will be located in a marquee at Te Putake O Tawa.

Rego will be at the event hub located at Te Putake O Tawa, which is on your way to Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) off Tarawera Rd directions here

Rego times:

  • Friday 330-530 pm

  • Saturday 7:00-9:00 am, we'll prioritise Short Riders in the morning 

  • Saturday 9:15am-10:00am Long 

  • Sunday 730-9:00 am 


Te Putake O Tawa, which is on your way to Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) off Tarawera Rd directions here he hav an even bigger marquee 


Te Putake O Tawa has around 400 carparks, and plenty of space, but get in early!  


11 JUNE SHORT COURSE - Starts at 9am course closed at 2pm. 


  • 9:00 am Short starts                     

  • 130pm Food Zone Closed                                     

  • 2:00 pm Course Closed                                     

  • 2:30 pm Hub timing closed                             

  • 2:30 pm Time penalties start

  • 3:30pm SHORT COURSE Prizegiving (we have a big marquee with lighting) 

    • Cole Walker Award Awarded 

    • Spot Prizes for Short course, including a $2,000 Giant credit 

    • $100 Cash for quickest Joker run Male/Female (short only)


LONG course and SHORT stages will be marked and ready to roll from Friday except for one secret stage; keep an eye out for our team, as we are refining stages. The scheduled practise on Saturday for the LONG is straightforward. On Saturday, the SHORT Course stages are racing are closed to any LONG course competitors until 2:30pm; this time could be extended if, for some reason, the race needs to go longer due to an unforeseen circumstance. The best advice is to listen to the 2W team on the day.



12 JUNE LONG COURSE - Starts at 9am course closed at 3pm. 

The timing below is confirmed, and time penalties may be incurred if the system tags you starting at the wrong start time.


  • 9:00 am LONG starts                     

  • 230pm Food Zone Closed                                     

  • 3:00 pm Course Closed                                     

  • 3:30 pm Hub timing closed                             

  • 3:30 pm Time penalties start

  • 4:30pm LONG COURSE Prizegiving (we have a big marquee with lighting)   

    • Mark Dunlop MemorialScholarshoip awarded 

    • Spot Prizes for the Long course, including a $2,000 Giant credit 

    • $100 Cash for quickest Joker run Male/Female (long only)


We are super lucky to have a trail that has never been raced down before. The JOKER Stage ios Sidewinder Backwards. There is absolutely no practising on this stage; it is only open on Saturday morning from 9am. Anyone who rides Sidewinder in reverse, i.e. from the top down to the bottom, before 9am Saturday 11 June, will be disqualified.


Why can't we practice? 

We have been given access from the Forest Recreation Group to ride this trail backward for the race days only! We will do our very best to ensure we stick to the rules, so for one race only, Sidewinder becomes a downhill stage!

We have $100 cash for the quickest female and Male in both the LONG & SHORT, plus all the major spot prizes, including two $2000 Giant credits, will be given away (one giant credit each day).

 *The Joker is timed, but the time does not count towards your overall race time.  If you want to be in to win our major spot prizes like a GIANT cheque for 2x $2,000, SMITH goggles, Maxxis Tyres, POC riding gear, CamelBak, Motomuck, Leatt pads, gloves, FasthouseNZ,  eatt safety kit, some Secret Spot vouchers, you should do it... The quickest time gets $100 cash in both the men and female SHORT & LONG category.


  • Note this is a Shuttle Assisted Race; if lines are long, think about your options, maybe quicker to pedal...

  • The number of uplifts is limited only by time.

  • Shuttled riders will receive a wrist band for uplift access that must be worn on their left wrist and shown to the driver when they board.

  • Please be careful when loading your bikes and help one another!

  • Please line up in an orderly fashion where signage directs.


There is a food station at the bottom of Hill Rd, close to the shuttle pick up, and Bike Clinic will be there two to help keep you rolling.


  • Your stage directional cues include Directional arrows, tape, course split signage, course cross-over signage, cones, and course marshals. We’ve done the best with course marking, but you must remain vigilant throughout the race and transitions to ensure you don’t get lost.

  • You will find a yellow-painted box before the start of each stage; you must come to a complete stop with your front on the ground and front wheel in the yellow box before starting each step. No rolling starts; if you roll straight past the marshal without stopping, that stage time will be removed from your race, with no exceptions.

  • Long course riders have 6 hours to complete the course starting from 9 am Sunday 12 June. Course closed at 3 pm.

  • Short course riders have 5 hours to complete the course starting from 9 am Saturday 11 June. The course closed at 2 pm.

  • You can re-run stages as many timers you would like providing you are within your allocated time.

  • You don't have to race the Joker, but if you want to be in to win major spot prizes, then we suggest you ride it... 

  • Follow the arrows. No crossing the tape. If you break the tape, you must repair the break and re-join the track where you left it.

  • We have marked some transitions but most are not marked - so you will need to familiarise yourself with how to get to each stage start point. Download the map, ask a rider, buddy up with a local or ask our team.

  • New timing system this year. You will attach a transponder to your front fork with cable ties that we will provide. You roll over a mat at the start and finish of each stage; you will hear a loud beep once you have gone over the mat. 

  • Non-shuttle riders are urged to use alternative routes to the shuttle bus roads when transitioning between stages. Riders who opt to ride up roads used by shuttle buses must use parallel cycle paths if available; otherwise, keep left and pull over to give way whenever a bus approaches from ahead or behind. Dust may be an issue!

  • No riders are permitted to ride on any walking tracks.

  • Do not ride on Waipa Stage Mill Rd, Waipa Bypass Rd or 8 Mile Gate Rd; you will be disqualified!

  • Do not rider down Hill or Tawa Rds unless there is an allocated track taped section of the road. 

  • You cannot tow anyone during any element of the race

  • You are more than welcome to practice on Friday

  • When coming back into the hub, ride over the start/finish matt and hand your transponder back to our team. 


General safety messages

  • Do not ride on any public road.

  • Do not ride on any part of  Waipa State Mill Rd; instant disqualification if you ride on this road.

  • Do not ride on any road to access the forest.

Your responsibility is to know the safety requirements, compulsory equipment, race rules, and terms & conditions of entry available on the event website. Cycle helmets must be worn when a rider is on a bike. The Chinstrap must be fastened and secured appropriately on the head. It would help if you were self-sufficient.  Please carry what $ or supplies you need to keep your bike in operational order and your body hydrated and fuelled.

If you withdraw, please report to the timing personnel at the race finish with your timing mechanism.

On any dual-purpose multi-directional pathways to and from the forest and inside the forest, please show consideration to other users, ride to the left in a single file, and keep your speed under control around every bend.

Do not block the progress of other users.

Please follow the event marshal’s instructions.
If you encounter someone who requires medical assistance, you have a personal obligation to stop and assist. In the case of a crash where someone requires medical aid,  this means:
Secure the safety of yourself and others.
Stop the next rider coming down and get them to verbally inform subsequent riders coming down that there is a rider down on the track and that they “must slow down or stop”.
Ask the next rider down to ride on and inform the next marshal of the location of the accident.
Attend to the injured rider to support and reassure them until the medics/marshals arrive.

  • Please apply good common sense. 

  • Know your limits - Err on the side of caution and race safely

  • Give clear communication of intentions to pass and show patience.

  • Be a good sport and allow others to pass quickly.

  • Please care for our forest and be a tidy kiwi out there.

  • Embrace the challenge, have fun, and enjoy yourselves out there

  • Smile for the cameras

  • Race stages can be completed in any order.

  • Course splits give riders options related to track difficulty and specific features. The decision is yours. Splits also indicate where the Short stage route and Long stage route deviate.

  • Please apply common sense, ride within your limits and stay in control.

  • Riders who feel the trail presents a challenge beyond their skill level are advised to dismount and walk/run down sections they are uncomfortable with.

  • If a rider has sufficient time, they may do a Race Stage more than once, but they must ride up under their own steam (unless they are shuttled riders). The rider’s slowest time for that stage will be dropped.

  • A rider may return to restart a stage again without finishing it.

  • Riders need to return to the start/finish within their allocated time allotment; otherwise, a time penalty of 6 seconds for every minute late will be added to the rider's accumulative race time. Riders must return their timing transponder at the finish line.

  • Note: Whilst race stages are closed to the general public, please show consideration for all other forest users.

  • …And most importantly, please come back in one piece.