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Post race 2017

Date: April 28th, 2017

Post Race review 2017

10 Years of Epic – Done
The next 10 starts now April 14 2018 – Enter Now!

For 2017 race finishers we have just opened the entries for next year. So grab the early bird price and commit to another awesome day at the Contact Epic.

There will only be 100 places for the Centurion so if you dont want to miss out you know what to do. Click here to enter

If you missed on the night—just email your postal address and we will get one out to you.

Lots of photos and stories being posted. Please join our page here and review the event.

Are now available for purchase on line at www.studio5.co.nz . Amazing shots of an amazing experience. Photo books are available and are great coffee table adages, perfect for families that competed and ideal for a group from a business.

We still have a number of cycle shirts and tees for sale. Just go online here as the online price includes postage.

Race Review
Once again, an outstanding effort on your ride both on and off the course.  Thank you for being part of this event for the past 10 years or even if this was your first Contact Epic experience.

Our volunteers commented on how appreciative riders were of them taking the time out of their weekend to assist.

The weather played its part in what turned out to be another great day for a bike ride. We take full credit for that. It takes a lot of sleepless nights, religious interventions and IOUs to pull off a good day like that.

Sorry we don’t have the space to comment on every merit category.

The Traverse race was dominated by Mitch Tawera of Wanaka 2 mins off the course record in 1:16, followed by the next 3 fastest, as students, Ethan Rose of Coalgate in 1:20.26, Campbell Wright of Wanaka 1:20.27 and Josh Miller from Gore in 1:23.

In the Woman’s race another mix of speed was spread between the fastest, Emily Heath a Wanaka student in 1:42,Open Woman Jessica Besley of Auckland in 1:44 and Vet Woman Belinda Lancaster of Christchurch  in 3rd at 1:47.

From a racing perspective, it was time for some new blood in the Epic. Edwin Crossling from Wellington did an outstanding time in this first attempt in 4:39 and was only 3 mins off our 2012 course record set by Dougal Allan. I am very much hoping Dougal, James Williamson (injured this year) and Edwin will all be on the start line next year. Second and third was shared by Wanaka local John Mezger and Mike Sangster from Alexandra respectively with a one second between the two. There must have been a gentleman’s agreement there.

The women’s title was narrowly claimed by Jo Williams of Wanaka in 5:31 with Soozie Wood of Nelson just 30 seconds back and Nina McVicar of Christchurch pulling in at 3rd in 5:39.

The Classic race held a few surprises with the Mens open winner being Richard Anderson of Wanaka in  4:09 (a minute out from the course record).  Our youngest competitor Archie Martinovich from Christchurch at 15 yrs old came 2nd with Ty Sargerson at 16 yrs just 30 seconds behind.  There were some good riders in the Classic and this just shows how talented these young guys are, well done.

For the Classic woman’s race, interestingly 4 vet woman were amongst the fastest time and should have entered the open to claim the money prize. However only one was faster than Sarah Gillespie a regularly Wanaka contender won the Open Woman’s in 5:41, 2nd was Kimberly Baker of Christchurch in 6:02 and Lisa Mcfarlane of Wanaka coming home in 3rd.

The soldiers took on 100 miles of Epic for the first time this year. The first 35 km of the Traverse was quite challenging given the darkness and thick fog that sat around the course making it very erie and difficult to see the direction arrows. They all got off the course before the cut off and appeared ahead or behind the Epic riders.

So the bragging rights for winning the first Centurion and obviously setting the time to beat was Shaun Portegys from Alexandra who has graced the podium many times over the years. He cracked that out in 6:41 hrs. Dave Drake of Hawea Flat rolled in in 2nd place at 6:56 with Simon Callaghan from Gore 3rd at 6:57. Both Dave and Shaun could have raced in the Vets and Simon in the Masters division. It looks like we get faster and tougher with age ;-).

Floortje Grimmett of Wanaka set the bench mark for the woman to beat at 7:31. Ronel Cook of Dunedin coming in in 2nd at 7:40 and Whitney Dagg of Christchurch at 8:48 in third.

A big thank you to our bike mechanics, Jeremy and William from Racers Edge. These lads turned a bad day for some into a good one again with their magic. Racers Edge also provided the spare bikes for our broken down riders.

The prize giving was good fun, so thank you for being part of it, particularly Kath Kelly, Steve Gurney, Eddie Spearing and Richard Anderson who have a wicked sense of humour and were once again great ambassadors modelling the superb riding kit from our generous sponsors.

The character of our riders is evident, the camaraderie, helping each other out, and appreciating that the journey is the destination …Awesome!!

Well done to you all again, you have helped raise the bar for endurance MTBing events in NZ and are part of select group of people who know that “if you suffer now you’ll live the rest of your life as a champion”

As the race turns 11 next year, we look forward to seeing you all again to celebrate this or simply to defend your titles, take some photos, just enjoy a cup of tea and a scone at the Dingle Burn Cafe. Some may want to do a PB, others take care of unfinished business, step up to the Centurion, Epic or Classic, or take some family and friends with you on the Traverse,  it’s all a matter of whatever blows your hair back and keeps you out on your bike.

So from the Team at LMS Events, thank you for being part of this adventure and remember if you loved the race tell your friends, if it was too hard and hurt like hell tell your enemies.
Either way, train hard, race easy and we’ll see you next year:  April 14, 2018
Fastest time 6:41
Most value for money 11:31
Epic  125km
Fastest time 4:39 hrs
Most value for money time 11:17hrs
Classic – 95km
Fastest time 4:09
Most value for money time 10:32hrs
Traverse – 35km
Fastest time 1:16
Most value for money time 3:23

Last Man Standing Competition – 10 Epics back to back Number remaining 20

Money donated to local community groups via event $22,000


Ahh the relief……good times

Centurion winner about to draw the sword of courage

Birthday cake at the Green Bush aid station

Gents.. we dont have time for this. weve got a race to win

You may have been hurting too much to notice this…

But you biked around it.

Ty on the fly

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