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Ride the Rakaia

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Event summary

Take the opportunity while you can. Normally, cyclists are unable to ride across the Rakaia River Bridge. The bridge is New Zealand's longest road bridge over ones of the most stunning braided rivers. Cyclists of all levels can participate in this opportunity with distance options of 22k and 100k.

How to enter

Tickets available until Sat Feb 23 2019

What's included:

You will receive a voucher for a beverage at the end of the event to be redeemed at the Hotel. The beverage is part of your Race Registration.

We have some fantastic spot prizes plus first, second, and third in each category. All prize winners have to be present to receive both category and spot prizes.

100k
12:08am Sat 23rd Feb 2019

Bike 100km

22k
8:00am Sat 23rd Feb 2019

Bike 22km

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Route description
Route description

100km

You will ride across the Rakaia River Bridge with up to 1,000 other cyclists all at once, the peloton will be approximately 1 kilometre long and will be in a controlled start until you have crossed the Rakaia River Bridge and the Rakaia Overhead Bridge on State Highway One.

You will then travel west another 50 kilometres until you reach the Rakaia Gorge. You will then cross the two river bridges and climb out of the Gorge to Mt Hutt Station then return to the township of Rakaia.

What a day out, you'll start outside Salmon Tales beside the massive Salmon, then experience the 1.8km River crossing with hundreds of other riders.

Then experience the scenic Rakaia Gorge and the climb out of it too Mt Hutt Station. Then the fast ride back to Rakaia.

This is a great scenic 100 km ride starting at 8.00am just 55 km's from Christchurch, if you're from Christchurch you don't have to worry about accommodation or getting transport from point A to B, the start finish is in the same location "Rakaia".

22km

Recreation ride approximately 22k's starting at Salmon Tales crossing the amazing Rakaia Bridge and riding up the River Terrace Road to the Finish at Te Pirita. Great ride and having the experience of the bridge crossing "truly amazing". Please note, you will need to arrange your own transport back from the Recreational Ride finish.

Logistics and schedule

Race Packs

Race pack pick up will be at Salmon Tales on race day between 6.30am and 7.30am.

Race Briefing 7:45am

The Start

You must be at the race assembly on Railway Terrace outside Salmon Tales at 7:40am and situated at your estimated finish time. Recreational Riders will be at the back of the Peleton. Race briefing will commence at 7:45am with race start 8:00am sharp.

While the event takes place on public roads these are all open to traffic and normal road rules apply. While the traffic management plan and/or restrictions are in force throughout the course, competitors must at all times assume that all roads are open to traffic in all directions. You must obey all road rules, marshals are on the course to direct you but not stop traffic for you.

The Finish

The finish line will be just above the Rakaia Domain, the Rakaia Methven Barhill Road will be closed from Bakers Road to the Rakaia Domain. This will be a fast and exciting finish for everyone.

Prize Giving

Prize giving will be held at the South Rakaia Hotel.

You will receive a voucher for a beverage at the end of the event to be redeemed at the Hotel. The beverage is part of your Race Registration.

We have some fantastic spot prizes plus first, second, and third in each category. All prize winners have to be present to receive both category and spot prizes.

Spectators

All spectators are welcome.

How to get there

Rakaia River, Rakaia River, Canterbury, New Zealand

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**Parking
**Competitors cars can be left at the start or at the finish of the ride. Please do not park in the Salmon Tales car park, Railway Terrace or Michael Street directly outside of Salmon Tales. The start and finish are approximately 1km apart.

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100k
12:08am Sat 23rd Feb 2019
22k
8:00am Sat 23rd Feb 2019
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