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Gold Trail

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Event summary

The Gold Trail is an exceptional race through New Zealand small towns, creeks, ferns, punga's, trees, and forests. This 40km race will surprise you, challenge you, and excite you. It is the perfect excuse to get outside and be active in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

How to enter

Tickets available until Sun Feb 03 2019

Sun 3rd Feb 2019

Bike 40km

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Route description
Route description

Course Details

40km Mountain Bike Ride

Start Elevation 49 meters

Max Elevation 342 meters

Gain 653 meters

Please note:
That a number of roads used for this event are on private land and to access these roads you will require permission from the individual land owners. Some parts of the route may be accessed by obtaining a “Forest Access Permit” from Ngai Tahu Forest Estates Ltd’s forest managers, PF Olsen Ltd. The route from year to year may also change due to forestry work in the area. Please refrain from trying to ride the route outside of the event without obtaining the appropriate permissions.

The Ride

You’ll start in the history of Shantytown. Until the Gold Trail Mountain Bike Ride, there had never been a peloton of mountain bike riders ride down the Main Street of Shantytown. From here you’ll hit a bit of tarseal to spread you out until you hit Cock Eyed Creek.

No creek can be named like this anywhere else other than the West Coast. This creek will have you looking at riders beside and behind you as you ride for about 10km experiencing the true beauty of New Zealand’s native history. You may have to get off the bike a couple of times here and there, but what’s a few creek crossings and may be a tree "although we don't expect any to be down" to get over at times if winds have been through close to the race.

There is a short portion going up Cock Eyed Creek around the 13km mark that you will have to walk your bike due to the creek having been in flood and has washed out the track. This will be marked for you. The rest of the ride is all ride-able, with some great uphills and downhills.

On to some fast and furious forestry roads, and narrow road ways that will make you wonder where you are. Pines for ever and then harvested pines and more. May be a bit of gold “if you find anything it has to be handed to the Race Director”.

A downhill that will make you wonder where the road has gone. A bit of dairy, moss, urban subdivisions and a swing bridge river crossing from nowhere, a lake, a railway bridge and at the finish a Hotel. Yeah - that’s the ride.

Logistics and schedule

Race Pack Pick Up

Saturday 2nd of February - between 3:00pm and 6:00pm - Monteiths Brewery - Herbert Street Greymouth


7:30am Shantytown opens for competitors

9:15am Race Brief, Shantytown Car park in front of Main Entrance

9:30am Race Start, outside Shantytown Fire Station.

Start Location

Gold Trail will start outside the Fire Station at Shantytown to the sound of the steam train whistle and riders will then ride down the Main Street of Shantytown and ride through the Historic Township riddled with history of the gold mining era of the West Coast.

How to get there

Shantytown Heritage Park, 316 Rutherglen Rd, Rutherglen, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand

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Race Brief in Shantytown Car park. Race Start outside Shantytown Fire Station.


There is transport to the start from Moana (limited to 20) and back to the start from Moana (limited to 60) for you and your bike. Transport back will following prize giving at the Moana Hotel.

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