General Info Entry Info
General information Event description
The Cardrona extreme Giant 2W Gravity Enduro is epic in size and nature with up to 4800 vertical meters of descending. Its an event for the more adventurous rider, weather young
to old, who loves riding their Mountain bikes down-hill. It draws in the
riders who seek to have serious fun and hone their skills on long flowing (sometimes testing) natural downhill
trails. The beauty of the event is that it can be won by anyone from laid back social
weekend warrior, to cross-country machine, passionate Enduro rider, or mad downhill rider.
Skills, fitness and tactics play an equal role in the execution of each
‘Race Stage’ timed run over the course of the event to decide who will
be crowned Extreme Gravity Enduro champions. In addition to the overall winners
we also run a handicap to determine the most improved male and female
rider from race to race.
The April extreme Giant 2W Gravity Enduro is
run from the historic Cardrona Hotel in the small old gold mining township of Cardrona, located on the Crown Range Road between Wanaka and Queenstown. Starting and finishing under a big gantry in the Cardrona Hotel garden bar, riders will roll out in groups of four
every 15 seconds. Journeying out on a short 2km marked
route down the valley, riders will reach the dedicated central pick-up point where they can be shuttled from up the ski field access roads to the top car parks.
In this extreme Enduro riders complete the four special ‘Race Stages’ in the specified order. Provided with a map, riders first travel a set course to locate the central shuttle pick-up point in the valley. From the shuttle drop off points riders cycle and push their bikes on what are commonly known as un-timed touring 'Liaison Stages' to locate the special Race Stage starting gates. Race Stages are electronically timed runs of considerable duration on specific marked trails and routes from ridge and mountain top to the valley floor.
There will be a ‘Feed Station’ and ‘Technical Zone’
in a convenient location on the valley floor for competitors to
purchase great coffee and wholesome food, plus get assistance with any mechanical
repairs required. So be sure to take some cash with you!
But keep an eye on your watch because you will be given
a set time (somewhere between 6 – 8hrs) to complete
the four special Race Stages and return back to the finish before you begin
to accumulate a time penalty (six seconds per each minute you are late).
Category podium place-getters will be those riders with the
lowest accumulative special Race Stage times, plus any time penalty for
late return to the finish.
For rider safety at this Cardrona extreme event, FULL FACE HELMETS & KNEE PADS must be worn on each of the special Race Stages.We will check for these at the start and riders not wearing them will be not allowed to start.
During all other times on the bike, approved helmets (open or full
face), must be worn while riding, even in the dedicated shuttle pick-up
point and ski field car parks! Gloves, Elbow pads and back protection are strongly recommended, but not compulsory.
For safety purposes, all riders must carry a fully charged mobile phone in a zip-lock bag.
All riders are also required to carry a minimum of a spare set of brake pads, a tube, a pump and a multi tool with them throughout the event. There is no outside mechanical assistance allowed on the special race stages.
any type of bike is permitted, due to the technical nature of the
terrain, soil, rock and vegetation encountered in parts of special Race
Stages it is strongly recommended competitors ride a dual suspension
‘trail’ or ‘all mountain’ bike (normally with 5-6? travel); and run tough walled tubeless tyres with plenty of sealant inside.
Riders must complete each of the four special Race Stages A-D to be eligible for performance prizes.
Riders may only do each special Race Stage once.
Race Stages A-D must be done in the order stated and are on well-marked trails and routes
with sections of varying difficulty from easy to technical, and comprising of approximately 90% downhill and 10%
undulating or uphill in each run.
will be provided with a race map of the wider race area to locate the special Race
Stage starts, dedicated Shuttle Pick-up point, Feed Station and Technical Zone.
Riders who enter the self-shuttle must organise their own vehicle and driver to shuttle themselves up the ski field access roads. We suggest groups of friends get together, use one vehicle with adequate bike racking, find a driver for the day and and car pool.
Riders who enter with shuttling provided have four up-lifts available to them and can chose to jump on any of the dedicated event shuttles. Shuttle buses
will be in operation to exclusively transport such competitors
from the dedicated pick-up point on the valley floor up to the top ski field car park on their assigned travel route. From there riders must liaise under their own steam to the start of the special Race Stages. The shuttle will operate for the duration of
the event when they are first filled to a TBC time in the afternoon. Shuttles have the capacity to uplift 106 riders and
their bikes per trip and round trips take roughly 45-60min depending on
the size of the vehicle and length of the climb.
must be self-sufficient from start to finish and have either cash (NZ
Dollars) on them to purchase food, drink, and technical service repairs
at the Feed Station and Technical Zone, or carry their own supplies with
Technical Zone will carry basic spare parts such as tubes, tyres, oil,
sealant, chains, brake pads etc. There will be a cycle mechanic, plus
additional work stand and some basic tools for competitor use.
Entry Info Single Course:Four special Race Stages to complete within the allocated time frame (this will be different each race).
Two Entry Options:
• Self-Shuttled - Rider organises their own shuttle transport. We suggest finding a driver, vehicle and car pooling with your riding buddies. STILL AVAILABLE
• Shuttles Inclusive - Event shuttle transport is provided for riders (note: limited to 106 riders) SOLD-OUT
Junior under 19 years
Adult 19 – 29 years
Senior 30 – 39 years
Veteran 40 – 49 years
Master 50 plus years
(Note: Age on race day).
Self-Shuttled Early Bird $124.00 (Closes: 11:45pm Friday 14th March 2014)
Standard Fee $139.00 (Closes: 11:45pm Friday 11th April 2104)
Late Fee $160.00 (Closes: 9:00am Sunday 13th April 2014)
Shuttles Inclusive - Limited to 134 riders* Early Bird $184.00 (Closes: 11:45pm Friday 28th February 2014)
Standard Fee $199.00 (Closes: 11:45pm Friday 11th April 2014)
Late Fee $220.00 (Closes: 9:00am Sunday 13th April 2014)
* = Online entries will close early if the maximum entry numbers are reached before the above indicated dates.
Make Up A Team: Friends, family and workmates are
encouraged to put together all male/female or mixed social teams of four
riders to do the event together for the opportunity to rank as a group
and vie for team performance prizes. All riders individual results will
be accumulated to give the teams overall result. Riders will be able
to submit their teams by completing the "My Giant 2W Gravity Enduro" Team Registration Form"
and dropping it in the 'Team Registration Box' at the Race Pack Pick-up
and Late Registration. Team submissions will close at 9:00am on the
morning of the race. No late submissions will be accepted. Mixed teams
must have one member of the opposite sex.
(Note: Entries open at 1:00pm on Friday 1st June 2013)
Postal Entries: (i.e., pay by cheque in the mail)— please click here (PDF document coming soon). (Postal entries close two weeks prior to race date on Friday 28th March 2014 and will be accepted provided maximum entry numbers have not been exceeded).
(All postal entries will be sent a confirmation e-ticket by email once processed).
Provided maximum entry numbers have not been reached,
last minute entries will be accepted at the race pack pick-up and late
registration venues up to 9 am on the morning of the event. See the
event timetables below for dates, times and locations.
All prices are in NZD and include GST.
Parental or guardian consent is required for all persons under the age of 15 yrs.
entry fee of an additional $21.00 (GST incl.) will apply to all entries
as of the close of the respective event online entry.
refunds will be given after the close of the events Early Bird entries.
Refunds prior to this will incur a $10.00 (incl. GST) administration fee
per race entered. Please contact us by email to withdraw.
Entries are not transferable after the close of online entries.
case of the event being cancelled for safety reasons or a natural
disaster, entry fees will not be refunded or transferred.
Events Ltd accepts no liability for damaged, lost or stolen goods. All
personal property or hired equipment is the responsibility of the
Event permission has been granted by the land owners, lease holders and business managers. Please embrace the generosity and spirit extended to you by treating the area and others who
visit with care and respect.
Maps & Diagrams Event Venue (Rego & Prize Giving), Plus Start/Finish Diagram: Please click here to view (PDF Document coming soon).
Shuttle Pick-up, Feed Station & Technical Zone Diagram; Plus both Shuttle Drop-off Diagrams: Please click here to view (PDF document coming soon).
Race Map: The race map (containing each special Race
Stage, the Shuttle Pick-up Point and the Feed Station/Technical
Zone) will be available for collection at the race pack pick-up.
Each of the special Race Stages are located on private land and for this reason rider access for practice is strictly prohibited. Please respect the property owners and lease holders. Anyone found on private land prior to race day will be automatically disqualified from the event and refused entry into any future event organised by Dare2Sweat Events.
Timetable Early Race Pack Pick-up: 5:00 – 8:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014 in the historic Cardrona Hotel, Crown Range Road, Cardrona.
Late Race Pack Pick-up: 6:00 – 8:00am Sunday 13th April 2014 in the historic Cardrona Hotel, Crown Range Road, Cardrona.
Race Briefing: 8:45am Sunday 13th April
2014 behind the start line in the garden bar of the historic Cardrona Hotel property.
Shuttle Inclusive entrants: Between 9:00 – 9:10am
Self Shuttle entrants: Between 9:15 – 9:30am
Start Sequence: Riders will clock in and roll off the
race start line in groups of four every 15 seconds when they reach the
front of there respective entrant queue. There will be four timing boxes at the start/finish
line so four riders (an entire social team) will be able to clock in and
out, to begin and finish the event all at once, making it a very social
Prize Giving: The
awards ceremony will be held in the Garden Bar of the historic Cardrona Pub between 5:00–5:30pm once everyone has finished and final
results are ready.
will be a carnival atmosphere at the finish with great music, food/drink
and shaded table seating in abundance.
Prizes We understand that within any event there are
those who are competitive and those who are not. We therefore endeavor
to fairly acknowledge participation and recognise achievement (within
age group and category).
Acknowledgement of participation
Each entrant will receive a fantastic race pack at
registration and go in the draw for a share of a handsome quantity of
quality spot prizes – thanks to our wonderfully generous family of
The current ESTIMATED TOTAL value of product to be given away over all the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro races this 2013-14 summer season is = $45,000.00
Spot prize draw prizes
We try to exceed expectation when it comes to providing participant returns.
All competitors present at the awards ceremony will go in the draw for some
fabulous spot prizes.
To find out what items you have a chance of winning in the spot prize draw, please click here.
Individual awards – winner’s jerseys and performance prizes
will be handed out to the top three place getters in each age category.
Social Team awards – performance prizes will be handed out to the top all male, all female and mixed teams.
Performance prizes in
the form of Wildside travel cash vouchers to the value indicated below, will be issued to the overall top three performing individual male and female competitors (regardless of age group), as well as the fastest man and woman on each of the five Race Stages at both race 1 and race 2.
An account will be set-up at Wildside travel in the recipients name.
Total number of performance prizes awarded at the race = 45
Total value of vouchers awarded at the race = $2500.00
Grand total vouchers awarded over the course of the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro races this 2013-14 summer season = $7800.00
PowerGlide have come on board
as an 2W Gravity Enduro event sponsor and helped developed and
introduce a handicap system to encourage riders who don’t have a
realistic chance of taking a line honors podium position, but would like
to be recognised for the improvement they have made from the previous
In short this is how it works...
If you complete all timed special Race Stages in the 2014 Cardrona Extreme Giant 2W Gravity Enduro event, you will be given a handicap
rating based on how far behind the event winner you finished. In
the following years Cardrona event, your total finish time (including any time penalties)
will be multiplied by your handicap rating, and this will give you your
“corrected time” result. If you have improved your time relative to
other riders, but still finish behind a fellow competitor, you could
still beat them on corrected time if your improvement based on the last
event was greater than theirs.
will be presenting ‘Most Improved Rider’s Prizes’ at each
subsequent Cradrona event to recognise the male and female winners on handicap.
For the full details on how handicap system works - click here.
Riders may only use one bike for the duration of the event.
An approved cycle helmet must be worn correctly whenever a rider is on their bike.
A full face helmet and knee pads must be worn by riders on special Race Stages.
Race number plates must be fitted to the handle bars of competitors bikes and not be altered in any way.
Road rules apply on both public and private roads.
Riders must follow the marked course to and from the Cardrona Hotel to the dedicated shuttle pick-up point.
must not take short cuts on special Race Stages. If a rider goes of
course they must rejoin the course at the exact same spot. If event directional tape is broken they must stop and re-join the tape.
riders must give way to faster riders ASAP. Fast riders are advised to
give plenty of forward warning of their approach and suggest a side they
wish to overtake on (e.g., ‘rider coming’, ‘on your right’). The onus
is on the overtaking rider to make the pass happen. Courtesy and
patience is the key.
the event a rider comes across an injured rider, the rider must stop
and assess if they are o.k. If they are seriously injured ensure
oncoming riders have forewarning of the accident scene, then send a
coming rider down the track to get help from a course marshals and the
event medical crew. Any time a rider losses helping out a fellow rider
will be rewarded with a pro-rated time from the competitors other
event a rider comes across a high visibility vest on the ground on the
Race Stage path, the rider must dismount and push their bikes past the
accident scene down track. Only once the rider is past the accident
scene can he/she mount their bikes and continue racing.
are not permitted to take any other form of motor transport between the start/finish and dedicated shuttle pick-up point. *Breach of any of the above will
result in disqualification.
must return to the start/finish within the time allocated otherwise a
time penalty of 6 seconds per minute overdue will be added for late
return to the finish in town.
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See below for all past competitor and subscriber event e-newsletters.
Early March 2014 Giant 2W Gravity Enduro e-newsletter - Clickhere to read
Late Sept/Early Oct. 2013 Giant 2W Gravity Enduro e-newsletter - Clickhere to read
Mid Sept. 2013 Giant 2W Gravity Enduro e-newsletter - Click here to read
Early Sept. 2013 Giant 2W Gravity Enduro e-newsletter - Click here to read
Mid August 2013 - Early
bird entries about to close,
limited race tops remain; plus discounted accommodation available - Click hereto read.
Mid May 2013 - Entries open to next seasons races, plus rider handicap rankings released - click here to read
Early May 2013 - Entries open to next seasons races, plus rider handicap rankings released - click here to read
Mid April 2013 - The PowerGlide most improved rider handicap system - clickhere to read.
Early April 2013 - Next seasons race dates announced; competitors survey results; website update and entries open soon - click hereto read.
Early March 2013 - Post event wrap-up; feedback; future expansion event plans; and release of next seasons race dates - click hereto read.
Mid February 2013 - Everything
you need to know; Change of start time; extra half an hour; sponsor
offer and less than 48hrs to online entries close - click here to read.
Early February 2013 - Complete
prize list unveiled; third early entry incentive prize winner
announced; final 'Race Stage' clue released; and just ten days to online
entries close - click hereto read.
Late January 2013 - Second early entry incentive prize winner announced with just 3 weeks to go - click hereto read.
20th January 2013 - First early entry incentive prize winner announced - click here to read.
Mid January 2013 - There are just 5 weeks to go and now two great early entry incentive prizes - click here to read.
Early January 2013 - Six weeks to go; great early entry
incentive prize draw, international flavor; and third 'Race Stage' hint -
click here to read.
December 2012 - New Nzo riding top, Maps and Diagram, plus another 'Race Stage' hint - click here to read.
November 2012 - Things get even better, plus 'Race Stage' hints - click here to read
October 2012 - Releasing our new event within the Rotorua Bike Festival - click here to read
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