We hope you all had a fantastic Easter and got plenty of time in the saddle.
There is only 8 days to go until the big raced but who’s counting?
All 586 of you are no doubt well underway with your preparations so as part of that thought process we thought we would send you a few points that may be of assistance.
Firstly, and most importantly, this is a no cotton wool event. For those of you who have done it before know that the better prepared you are going in is proportionate to how happy you will be at the finish line. It is a long ride, but an even longer push so please put time into these areas. Think carefully about getting your bike in good shape, plan your nutrition and watch the weather closely so you know what to take with you. Look on our site www.contactepic.co.nz for hints from local experts and our Enervit nutrition plan.
We will have two Aid Stations on course (see Map and Aid Station info on web site). Racers Edge will be at the registration on Friday night, selling an assortment of product from their shop for last minute supplies along with Enervit supplements used at the Aid Stations.
Registration and meal informtion
Registration is on the Friday night and is COMPULSORY. You can not register on the morning of the race at all. Registration is to be held at the Hawea Hotel in the garden bar from 4 until 9pm. Please bring your confirmation sheet with you. You will receive your bike plate and timing chip, please take very good care of these.
On the day of the race the Hawea Hotel will be open from 5.30am for you or your supporters to grab breakfast, coffee or a muffin. During the day along with the usual, tasty restaurant menu, they will also offer a variety of quick, off-the bbq meals that will suit the starving and children a like. It is a fantastic afternoon, and the Hotel is the most relaxing of venues to be part of the event. Anyone is welcome to come out and support.
Sailz restaurant, just up the road from the Hotel, will be open from 7.30 for supporters’ breakfast, coffees and morning teas.
A carbo loading pasta meal is available on the night of registration and orders can be made up until Wednesday night , the week before the race, for $19. These can be purchased via our merchandise page www.lakehaweaepic.co.nz/merchandise.html for yourself and any other supporters. We will have a limited number of these for sale on the night for a cost of $25.
Points of Note
Remember the Tea and Scones at the Dingle Burn Aid Station. For those new to the race, the kids on the station go to correspondence school, they help with making tea and scones for all riders and ask for a gold coin donation as a fund raiser. One year they brough a computer for the school, last year they donated their money to the Christchurch Earthquake appeal. So bring some change and support a good cause(notes are a lot lighter than coins!).
If you are in the Classic division please consider how you will get out to the start line. If you are unable to get dropped off then you may need to contact Alpine Coachlines who provide reasonably priced transportation for you and your bike. Please make your booking now at www.alpinecoachlines.co.nz. Any queries regarding this service are to be directed to them, they are an independent company.
If you need to withdraw for any reason please inform us as soon as you can. This just makes the logistics and safety procedures smoother and tighter. We would appreciate that.
A reminder for those wishing to vie for the cash prizes you need to be entered into the Open leg of either division.
Some merchandise sizes are still available online for the t-shirt and cycle shirt as well as caps. There are also women’s t-shirts which are not on the site, but have a more fitted cut and higher cut sleeve. If you wish to order these please just email firstname.lastname@example.org direct.
Where to stay , What to do
For those of you who have not booked accommodation yet we advise you consider Edgewater, Wanaka’s lake-side resort with extensive amenities including a spa pool!! This majestic setting will turn your arduous journey into a memorable holiday.www.edgewater.co.nz
Updated information will be on our Facebook page and Radio Wanaka, tune your radio to 92.2 on arrival. Any emailed newsletters will also be posted on the news page of our site so please check this Thursday and Friday if you are unable to access your inbox.
On the Sunday after the race Lone Star Wanaka is offering a plate for a plate deal where you can show your race bike plate for a free entrée or dessert. This is a great place to take the family or your crew to celebrate the completion of such a huge goal.
Of course those who are supporting may have a little bit of time on their hands so consider the first ever Makarora Valley Creative Arts Trail which is running from 10-4pm on the day of the race. Entry to all 4 venues is just $3 and all the funds raised during the day will go to Makarora School. An extensive array of art genre will be exhibited as well as a silent auction and food stall. For those who wish to go earlier the Makarora Tourist Centre will be open for breakfast. The Makarora Country Café will also be open.
Makarora supports competitors by manning the most remote stations as well as providing 4wheel drive transportation. You can support them by checking out www.makaroravalleycreativearts.org . Only 15 minutes from the Kidds Bush turn off.
Last Man Standing contenders
There is a shrinking group of loyal attendees who have entered and completed the Epic leg of each and every Contact Epic. Now, in our 5th year we gone from 540 to just 41 vying for the LMS Kitty which the Last wo/Man Standing will take (once there is only one left!) This year’s draft list of contenders is below, please check and inform us of any omissions or inaccurate inclusions.
Last Man Standing Contenders:
Date: April 11, 2012 by lmsevents
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