The Nevis Valley Gutbuster (formerly Bannockburn Gutbuster) is a chance to test your fitness limits with a 75km endurance ride through the iconic Nevis Road from Garston to Bannockburn.
Participants start at Garston Township, 315m above sea level, and ride 1.5km on State Highway 6 before turning off onto the metalled Nevis Road. A further 2km of uphill is just an introduction to the gutbusting climb to the 1100m summit, past an historic ski hut, and overlooking the Nokomai River. Riders climb some 800m in 12km, a grade of 1:14.
Starting a long, gradual downhill and following a good 4WD track, riders cross about 25 fords, passing Drummond and Commissioner Creeks where past and present gold mining operations provide interest to the spectacular landscape.
Past the Ben Nevis Station and sheepyards (your only comfort station on the trip!), riders reach the Nevis Crossing Bridge, some 52km from the start and at 660m above sea level. From the bridge, riders face another gutbusting ride up to Duffers Saddle at 1300m (gradient 1:12), then another 8km steep downhill on a good metalled surface, to the Nevis turn-off. The sealed road to Bannockburn is an easy 5km to the finish line at the Bannockburn Hotel at 252m above sea level.
The weather in the Nevis Valley can change very quickly so take note of the following suggestions and observe the instructions of your support convoy staff.
Early bird entry of $60 is available for those who register before 14th November. Standard entry of $80 after that.
Transport from Bannockburn
There will be a Truck to load bikes on to plus a bus to carry riders from the finish at Bannockburn around to the start at Garston. This is available at an extra $30 per person. Must be booked in advance. Bus and truck leave from the paddock outside the Bannockburn Hotel at 8am – please arrive by 7:30am to allow time to load your bikes.
For full details see - http://www.cromwell.org.nz/nevis-valley-gutbuster-mtb.html