Torpedo7.com Coronet Enduro
If you like to go fast, ride hard and have fun, then enduro racing is right up your alley!
Enduro races are equal parts fitness and skill. The courses range from moderate to technical, and sprinkle in sections of pedaling to keep you honest. In a perfect world, the type of rider best suited would be an XC rider who has the skills of a downhiller, or vice versa.
Course and Briefing for March 20th
Torpedo7 will sponsor two enduro events in Queenstown this year.
The first was on 10th Jan and the 2nd event will be in the Festival on 20th March (enter HERE)
The Torpedo7 Coronet Enduro's consist of up to 5 timed "special" stages which take place on technically demanding, generally descending terrain (although we may link Rude Rock with the Pack Track to make one long stage). These special stages are linked by predominantly ascending "liaison" stages.
All the tracks go downhill but there are some sections where you do have to pedal hard to maintain a good pace. They are all intermediate level trails, so anyone with a reasonable level of skill and endurance should be able to complete this event.
Untimed sections called liaisons will link these trails. Mountain bike riding is social, so lots of time is allowed for these connecting links - time to eat, make repairs, or chat to mates about how awesome the last run was. The longest liaison is out of Skippers / Long Gully - we have allowed an hour + for this.
You can ride with your friends and it will be self seeding from stage 1. They aim is to have the fastest riders go first, so that the person in front of you will always be fast that will allow for clean runs and less passing on the trail.
This races are designed to be self supported, but friends or associates can assist at Skippers Saddle - food/bike repairs or such like. You may also drop equipment /food there on the way up the mountain (although we will not have any security there early). We will have water available there too.
We will be offering shuttles back to Coronet Peak & to Cavells for prizegiving and results!
Check the Pinkbike story - Beginners guide to Enduro
Date: 20 March 9am
Location: Coronet Peak
Registration: 0900 - 0945
At the Coronet Peak Base Building
Once briefing is finished riders are free to make their way to the start line. The easiest way is to ride up the xc track (which is accessed via the beginners slope)
Once briefing is finished, riders are free to make their way to the start line.
As a rule, riders will leave in number order, but if you want to race close to friends, we will try and accommodate this (so long as your pace is similar).Riders will depart every 30 secs (we may vary this gap after some more testing).
Race Start Stage 1: 10.00am
On Course: 10.00am - 2.45pm:
Presentations at Cavells Cafe and Bar (next to Shotover Jet - Shotover Bridge/River) 10 mins after last rider comes in approx 3.15pm
Riders race times are for the downhill stages only.
Each race stage time will be calculated and the winner will be the rider with the fastest time for the four race stages.
Riders depart every 30seconds from 11am from the peak (stage 1)
Tools / Mechanical
Riders must be self sufficient ie have the equipment for puncture repair (a couple tubes would be good), pump and multi tool.
This races are designed to be self supported, but friends or associates can assist at Skippers Saddle - food/bike repairs or such like.
If you have a mechanical problem that cannot be fixed by your self on the race course immediately you may rejoin the and continue into the next stage once your problem is fixed, but at the back of the field. Contestants that pull out of the race must inform the organization
You may also drop equipment /food there on the way up the mountain (although we will not have any security there early).
We will have water available there too.
Coronet Peak XC Trail - Rude Rock connecting into Skippers - Deer Lane - Secret Stage - Extra stage...for further detail see http://www.ridingbc.com/course.html
Expect a whopping 2200m of descending and over 14km's of timed stages - the biggest and longest in New Zealand. Elevation profiles below are a guide only and some up/climbing will/may be added still. The timed stage may look like they are predominately descending with no or little climbing, but believe me you are going to be gasping for air and will be getting your lungs burning....sound fun??
Entry Fee: $90
Open Men (16+)
Open Women (16+)
Note: Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian signs a waiver on their behalf when picking up race pack.
Competitors must use the same bike for all sections. A ‘trail’ or ‘all mountain’ bike is the best choice but the race can be done on any bike (of course downhill bikes are heavy to cycle uphill)
It’s obligatory to wear at least a XC-Helmet during the whole race.
Gloves and knee pads are compulsory during race runs. Full face helmets, back protection and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but not compulsory.
It is mandatory to wear a helmet during the whole duration of the race, both during the transfers as well as during the special stages.
It is suggested you bring your mobile phone with you in order to be contacted or to contact the organisers yourself during the race. During the briefing, the organisers will announce the phone number to contact in case of an emergency.
The race uses a small section of the Coronet Peak Road and the Skippers Road from Long Gully. These are open to the public and road rules apply.
Weather The start is at the top of Coronet Peak so a extra layer (wind and waterproof) could be handy up there as you wait your start time.
Are you OK
In case of accidents, it is each competitor’s responsibility to help other competitors in need or in trouble or call for assistance. ie we recommend that competitors carry a cell phone.