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The Big Easy is 44km Mountain Bike course starting at the Snow Farm, including a loop around the very rideable Snow Farm cross-country ski trails then traversing to the top of Mt Pisa, then a full 20km of down hill before finishing in Luggate. (New finish area for 2018 and beyond) Click here for new map updated 2018.

The Big Easy – Detailed Course Description

The Big Easy starts at the Snow Farm (1521m) and now winds its way south around the easy gradient cross-country ski trails of the Snow Farm before dropping down into the Roaring Meg valley (1420m). From this point it is a steady uphill climb toward Mt. Pisa. The course veers left before the summit at 1916m then there is a downhill to 1850m. Next is a reasonably hard climb (may need to push your bike a bit at this point) to the top of Sally’s Pinch heading toward the highest point of the race, 1946m, before heading downhill toward Luggate. The downhill does, in places require some amount of skill to ride. If in doubt you may need to get off and walk a bit, most skilled riders will negotiate these parts with relative ease. One particular part just below the high point and before Lake McKay is the most challenging, quite rutty and rocky, it would be about 500m in length. It must also be remembered that during the downhill there are a couple of little ups that will take the wind out of your sails. I would describe this downhill as mostly fantastic with a few challenging bits.  This race is  a true Mountain Bike event –there is no cotton wool provided.

Minimum Gear: Yep it could well be 30+ degrees at the finish but up at 2000m above sea level it could very easily be windy and feel absolutely freezing. if you take a wee tumble and have to sit and wait to be rescued you will appreciate the extra layers! So make sure you take with you:

  • Mid-weight fleece or merino thermal top (you can easily pull over your cycle top)
  • Seam-sealed (waterproof) jacket. Shell is fine.
  • Also – spare tube, pump/gas canister.

Registration: 8.30am – 9.30am underneath the tower at the Snow Farm Lodge.

Race start 10am. Pre Race briefing 9.45. Underneath the tower at the Snow farm.

$50 Junior until 1st Jan then $60

$95 Open until 1st Jan then $120.

Finish is at Luggate – end of Kingan Road. Complimentary PIZZA and BEER at the finish!

Transport – bikes can be transported to the Snow Farm while you ride up in a bus. $40 Leaves from the finish area at Kingan Road, Luggate 8am or from the cnr of Aspiring Road and McDonald Street in Wanaka 8.20am

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