Author: Tristan Haycock - tristanhaycock.co.nz
Wow! Is it almost that time already? The 2018 Gloworm Winter Series kicks off with the first round at Waipa MTB carpark on the 1st of July.
It’s been a few months since the last Nduro Events Mountain Bike race. What does that mean? Well it means that riders can expect fresh, new and exciting. Fresh new trail combos for each race distance. New riders joining us on the start line for round #1 this year along with the exciting event village and layout we all have grown to know and love. You may have noticed some new sponsors for the 2018 series. I hope you’ll know what that means! More epic spot prizes!
For round one, all three courses start at Waipa Carpark and roll out along the 4WD track give the 3 different race waves time to sort themselves out prior to hitting the single track of creek track. The short track is only 15km in distance it still has 550m of elevation. Expect climbs no longer than 1km in length (lions tail), but there will be a fair few rolling hills as you pick your way through the Pine trees of the Whakarewarewa forest. Riders should be able to find shelter from the Rotorua cold under the forest canopy. You may have to get that heart rate up to keep the blood flowing through those veins and the legs turning the pedals on what will be a cold morning.
Like the short-course the mid-course also follow a figure 8 shape. The mid-course tackle trails such as Bunny Jugs 1 & 2 along with Old Chevy.
A lot of people struggle with the relentless pinchy climbs. If I could give you some advice for the Old Chevy trail it would be to pace yourself prior to arriving. Make sure you have fuelled your body with some food during the race. Then once you get there you should be feeling just that little bit more fresh. Riders struggle through the twisty single track when tired. If you ride into it ready, then you’ll smash it! Just think to yourself… The fast I go the sooner it’ll be over.
Then you can look forward to some epic descending trails like Grinder, Challenge and Rosebank. The course is 22km in length with 610m of elevation. Doesn’t sound too bad right? Ask yourself that at the end of the race. You can expect a high pace at the front end of the pack with riders stretching across the forest as the race progresses throughout the day. Bring it on. You’ve got this!
Now, for you tough nuts in the long course. I hope you’ve got your climbing legs on. If you don’t lucky you have a couple of days to sort that. Direct road, Frontal Lobotomy, Moerangi road and don’t forget time warp. Wow that’s a fair bit of climbing, 1600m to be exact. Although the course is 41km in length, there are sections that are gravel road. This is where the roadies will take charge. Organising groups to work together to climb that gravel road faster. Working together with riders around you is going to be key to making up easy time when your legs are destroyed. And just for good measure the long course gets to tackle Old Chevy as well. Don’t get too carried away on the lengthy demanding descents the long course has in store. It doesn’t take much to wash out in a tight corner or push that front wheel just a little to hard over the top of a berm. Inside tip, Split Endz has just had sections rebuild. Be aware there are some soft corners on that trail.
But how good is that feeling no matter how far you’ve ridden when you get back to the event village. See your family, friends, supporters and those you have raced alongside and raced against all around you. Then get some hot chips and a nice warm coffee and relax those legs. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, Good George Brewing will be there. Be sure to get amongst the post-race attractions and of course the spot prizes at prize giving.
What to expect: