April 20, 2010
Contact Epic Latest News – 4 days to go!!!
• There is no diviation off the Main Highway for the Epic riders this year, so its straight ahead, staying on the tarmac until you hit the Kidds Bush turn off.
• We will not have an Aid Station at Kidds Bush this year but we will have bananas and Enervit Sports drink etc at the other two Aid Stations.
This year we are trialing the use of transponders. Sports timing NZ will be supplying the units and will be responsible for the timing. We will upload results to our web site every half hour as we have done previously and you will be able to check your result at the Hawea Hotel via two new Mac monitors linked to the web site.
The Transponders will be attached to your ankle via and velcro strap, quick and easy!
There are still some cycling shirts available, but we have limited numbers in each size. Go on line to www.contactepic.co.nz to order and pay for yours. We will also have sports caps available on the day for purchase.
Please note that registration is held at the Hawea Hotel the night before the race (Friday) and will be between 4 and 9. We are unable to register anyone on the day.
The first 50 competitors to register will receive a FREE sample of a locally produced product SWEET CHEEKS, a butt butter that has proven results in reducing chamois friction for riders. This will also be available for sale at the Racers Edge shop on the night along with ENERVIT supplements and nutritional race products.
Prizegiving will be held on the day in the garden bar of the Hawea Hotel at approximately 5.30. Once the sun goes down it can get cold quickly so be sure to bring warm clothing.
Please note you must be in attendance to receive spot prizes. Our prize giving is unique in that the majority of the prizes are worn by our 5 models and you are permitted to select your own prize by removing items.
This year you will be given a Contact Epic sticker to put on you vehicles. The first person to select any prize (except the Trek bike) will be the person whose car registration plate we read out that has a Contact Epic car sticker on the back windscreen. These stickers will be given out at registration and are available on the day.
Make sure you are in to win, You can pick anything from a Giro cycle helmet, Mountain Hardwear Epic rain Jacket, A 12000 ft Sky Dive over Lake Wanaka or even a new Geax tyre for your trusty stead and the list goes on.
Tea and Scones:
For those new to the event, the Dingle Burn Station owners’ grandchildren run at tea and scones stop about two thirds of the way around the track by the wool shed on the Dingle Burn Station. For a donation to their correspondence schooling they will provide you with much needed and earned sustenance in what would have to be NZ’s most unique and remote café!! So put some cash in your back pocket and remember paper is lighter than metal!
A pre-race pasta meal is available for just $16 at the Hawea Hotel over the time of registration. We will take orders for the meal up until Tuesday April 20 (tomorrow). Your order can be made online www.contactepic.co.nz with visa payment or you can just send us a note with cash or cheque prior to this day. It is great value and a great way to meet other competitors. There will be a limited number of meals sold on the night for an increased cost ($21).
There will be a buffet, including dessert, at the Hotel on race day. This will cost $25 and will start at approximately 3pm. Should you want this, you pay as you go on the day. No preorders needed.
An early morning breakfast is available at the Hawea Hotel on the morning as well as at the Sailz Restaurant just up from the Hotel. Bookings are recommended for the Sailz breakfast and you can do so on 03 443 1696.
Plate for a plate at the Lone Star!
On the Sunday after the race, from 5 pm, Lone Star are offering a free entrée with main to any Contact Epic competitor that brings along their bike plate as evidence of entering NZ’s Ultimate MTB Challenge. There will be other rider-only specials on the day as well.
Listen to Radio Wanaka:
Radio Wanaka, 92.2 FM is the official radio station for the Contact Epic and will be the first informed of any changes or updates to the race. So tune in and Mr Ed will talk you through everything you need to know.
Transportation to the Classic Start:
For those of you doing the Classic leg of the race, a bus service is available for you and your bike from the Hawea Hotel to the start line at Kidds Bush. You can get all information regarding this and book your seat on line now at www.alpinecoachlines.co.nz. Please note there will be NO official transport back to the Kidds Bush at the end of the race.
If you are unable to attend for any reason we would appreciate being informed. This just keeps our systems and organisation tight and current. Just an e-mail, text or phone call to with your name and category would be much appreciated.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 4595106
Destination Hawea have a number of events on the day for supporters.
Village Market Day
Saturday 24th April 10am – 2pm
Beside Sailz in Lake Hawea
Art @ The Nook
An exhibition by local painters, potters, wool craft artists
Also the last weekend of the famous Nook Road plant sale
Saturday 24th April 10am – 4pm
Sunday 25th April 1pm – 4pm
At Nook Road Nursery
www.nookroadnursery.co.nz for details
Maps available from Lake Hawea Motors & Sailz
Supporting the new Lake Hawea playground equipment for the under 3s
Remember our race is about self responsibility, So keep an eye on the local weather so you can plan your trip and the gear you need to get the job done. Weather Link Cllick Here and Here
Get yourself to the start line with the right gear, make it to the finish with your bike in tack, then give yourself a big pat on the back for taking on one of the longest and most demanding, single day mountain bike rides in the country. Whether you are going hard out and finish in 5 hours or cruising around the course in 12 taking in the scenery, we look forward to sharing this inspiring part of the country with you.
The LMS Team
Challenge – Inspire – Believe – Achieve
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