THE BIG EASY – 26 JANUARY 2019

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The Big Easy is 48km 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.

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.

Finish is now at Luggate – end of Kingan Road. Complimentary food and refreshments provided at the finish!

Please read the Things You Need To Know and Terms and Conditions tabs before registering for this Event.

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Standard Fee until 10th March 11pm
Half Marathon $70
10K Run/Walk $55 – Juniors Under 19 $35

Late fee applies After 10th March 11pm
10K Run  $70 – Juniors Under 19 $50

Online enries close at midnight Wednesday 21 March 2018

You can still enter on Friday 23 March at MT Outdoors from 1pm to 8pm.  Entries close on Friday 23 March at MT Outdoors at 8pm.

Entry Fees – entry fees are refundable up until 8 weeks prior to the event, less a 20% admin fee (Midnight 27 January 2018)

Bus Fee $10 – Purchase Bus ticket during entry process.  There will  limited tickets available at Friday registration at MT Outdoors Wanaka

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Notes:  There will be transport to both the Half Marathon,10k and 5k.  Buses can be booked during the entry process.  For those who can’t make Friday registration and have bought a bus ticket you just need to check in to the bus Marshall on Saturday morning, he will have your name on a list.

Cost: $10pp

Half Marathon Bus: leave the corner of Ardmore and McDougal Streets at 7:45am taking to the start line.  You must have a bus ticket that has been bought online (included in your race pack)or purchased at Event Check in on Friday 23 March at MT Outdoors between 1pm and 8pm.

10k Bus: leaves the corner of Ardmore and McDougal Streets at 9:00am taking to the start line. You must have a bus ticket that has been bought online (included in your race pack)or purchased at Event Check in on Friday 23 March at MT Outdoors between 1pm and 8pm.