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Date: April 15th, 2017

Congratulations….. You a one of almost 700 people gearing up for the Contact Epic next week.

Good luck to those competing in NZ’s first 100 mile event the Centurion! It doesn’t matter who rides this in the future you will always have been the first.

Now that you have done the training, the goal is to get to the start line without injury, and feeling fresh. Take care!

“Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail”

Never a truer word spoken about the Contact Epic. This event is all about self-responsibility. We open this door once a year and you guys and gals ride through it. But if you haven’t got your bike sorted, checked the weather and got the right gear; if you don’t know how you are going to feed the machine on your journey around the lake then you may be lamenting a missed opportunity.

Remember …. ” No Shortcuts, No Cotton Wool and No Excuses” so prepare for the worst!

EPIC Ride, EPIC Love,10 years on

In 2008 Aaron Nicholson, Mike Johnston, Dr Andrew Mcleod and Bruce Lysaght did the very fist recce of the Epic course. 10 years later the 26 inch wheels are now 29, but nothing else has changed…..We took some photos, left a few tyre prints and had a great day in the back country….Please feel free to do the same.



If you can’t make the race we would appreciate a quick email or text prior.  This just makes logistics smoother and our volunteers’ tasks easier.

If you now want to drop down a category, again email us over the next couple of days at Info@contactepic.co.nz and we will be able to make the change for you.  We want you to enjoy the magic of this ride and not turn it into a sufferfest.

Course information etc

Hopefully everything you need to know about the race, course, aid stations, parking, bus rides to Kidds Bush etc is on the website.  Take some time to read through the information that matters to you. www.contactepic.co.nz

We welcome you to the 10th anniversary of the Contact Epic. Outside of the significant challenge of each ride, the outstanding scenery, ridiculously good scones at the Dingle Burn, the event is special because of the characters it attracts, the sense of comaradire, support, fun and can-do attitude that our competitors bring.


Important to note.

Registration is between 3 and 9 at the Hawea Hotel  and is compulsory. There is no opportunioty to register on the morning of the race.  Please check your transponder with our timing guy then as any issues must be solved prior to 9pm Friday. Some spot prizes are given out there. Remember to bring your confirmation!

Course Briefing
Full written briefing will be given to you at registration and will also be on our home page as well.

Carbo loading meal
Hawea Hotel has a great pasta meal on Friday night which is available from our site for just $19.00 Click HERE  to order
They are also available from registration on the night for $25. Families are welcome to purchase as well.

Tees and jerseys will be available for purchase at the registration and on race day. Purchase HERE

Tea and Scones
For those of you new to the Contact Epic there is a ‘once a year café’ at the Dingle Burn station to raise funds for the local pony club. They provide tea and scones for riders in exchange for a donation. Remember paper is lighter than metal!

Classic riders
In the Classic?? Make sure you don’t have to get back on the bike you just threw in the bin at the end of the race. Be sure to book the bus to the start line so you can leave your car at the finish line. This needs to be sorted before Friday.
Bookings: +64 3 443-9120 or Click HERE
Peter King Cell: +64 274 51 52 51
Email: info@alpineconnexions.co.nz
Web: www.alpineconnexions.co.nz

NOTE: there is no transportation back to Kidds Bush at the end of the race.

Not booked your accommodation yet? Book into the relaxing self-contained Oakridge Resort, which includes the use of heated outdoor pools and spa pools. The best place to be on Sunday morning!! Let them know you are riding the Contact Epic and they will give you a 15% discount.
Click HERE to enquire

Birthday Cake

Yes, we want to celebrate our birthday with you! And the team at So They Can want to celebrate your generosity to this cause so they have made over 130 pieces of birthday cake for you all to enjoy at Green Bush Hut. Save your money for the Tea and Scones–this one is on us! Or you can make a donation to So They Can’s givealittle page HERE


So They Can

Yes, you can ride for them!

LMS Events has aligned with the charity So They Can www.sotheycan.org to support So They Can in raising awareness and funds for over 300 of the neediest children in Kenya. We have 20 riders riding for these children.

If anyone would like to ride for a child on Saturday or take on a long-term sponsor of one of these children please contact So They Can CEO Cassandra Treadwell at cassandra@sotheycan.org. Look for the hearts on the day!


To celebrate their involvement with the Contact Hawea Epic, Trek Bikes are giving away 6 pairs of Bontrager Mountain Bike Tyres. Simply fill in the entry form HERE with your details and preferred tyre model and be in to win a pair of tyres valued over $200.

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