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The Nevis Valley Gutbuster

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4.3
24 reviews
BicepFlexChallenging course
ThumbsUpWell organized
Paul
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4.0
Did the 75k in 2016
I've done it a few times so have got a reasonable idea of what to expect. … read more
Gerard
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2018
no… read more
Andie
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2018
Get your bike serviced beforehand haha. Don't go all out on the first climb, and find a group to ride with through the valley as there's always a headwind… read more
Route description
Route description

Participants start at Garston Township, 315m above sea level, and ride 1.5km on State Highway 6 before turning off onto the metalled Nevis Road. A further 2km of uphill is just an introduction to the gut-busting climb to the 1100m summit, past a historic ski hut, and overlooking the Nokomai River. Riders climb some 800m in 12km, a grade of 1:14.

Starting a long, gradual downhill and following a good 4WD track, riders cross about 25  fords, passing Drummond and Commissioner Creeks where past and present gold mining operations provide interest to the spectacular landscape.

Past the Ben Nevis Station and shipyards (your only comfort station on the trip!), riders reach the Nevis Crossing Bridge, some 52km from the start and at 660m above sea level. From the bridge, riders face another gut-busting ride up to Duffers Saddle at 1300m (gradient 1:12), then another 8km steep downhill on a good metalled surface, to the Nevis turn-off. The sealed road to Bannockburn is an easy 5km to the finish line at the Bannockburn Domain at 252m above sea level.  The domain has lots of grassy area and shady trees for participants to relax in after the race and is a stone’s throw from the Bannockburn Hotel.

The course will be well marked with bright pink arrows, with marshals on key corners.

Paul
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4.0
Did the 75k in 2016
I've done it a few times so have got a reasonable idea of what to expect.
Gerard
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2018
no
Andie
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2018
Get your bike serviced beforehand haha. Don't go all out on the first climb, and find a group to ride with through the valley as there's always a headwind
Rob
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5.0
Did the 75k in 2018
Seems to be getting longer.. I may just be getting slower of course..
Willie
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2017
It lives up to its name so be prepared
Did the 75k in 2018
Have more prior knowledge for crossing the streams. How high and fast theyre running.
Brent
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3.7
Did the 75k in 2017
Nil
Ian
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4.7
Did the 75k in 2018
Tough ride head wind and high water levels which added to the adventure
Mark
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2018
The rivers were a significant challenge, very high and many people got washed into the river. Probably marginal at this level. It is a pretty natural but rugged course, definitely not for beginners to cut their teeth on.
Chris
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3.3
Did the 75k in 2018
Take warm clothing and plenty of food.
HAMISH
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4.7
Did the 75k in 2018
Gutbuster is the right name for this event. It's not as downhill as you'd expect and with a head wind the valley almost felt uphill. The climb up to Duffers Saddle is brutal - keep plenty in the tank for this (once at the top it is all downhill!)
Amy
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2018
Really fun event. Definitely need to be fitter for next year! Only thing I was worried about was the height of some of the rivers. Luckily I had a mate with me who could take my bike across. I am quite a small person and felt some crossings were border line high. Other than that it was a great day!
Mark
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5.0
Did the 75k in 2017
It's a great course, two good quality 'testing' climbs, and a big descent towards the finish, before you get to the tarmac.
Michael
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2018
Ensure you bring enough supplies in regards to food to get you through. Carbo load the day before.
Daniel
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4.0
Did the 75k in 2018
Yeah - if the race description says aid stations every 5kms, don't believe it. There will be only one aid stations and you will suffer if you pack your nutrition accordingly.
Kate
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2018
I knew this already but there was A LOT of climbing. Made harder by a relentless headwind. But beautiful valley and the river crossings were good fun!The pizza and beer at the end is definitely something to look forward to!
Roger
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4.7
Did the 75k in 2018
Nah - it was as expected - great
Wally
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3.7
Did the 75k in 2018
Unless you're an above average rider leave in the early bunch at 10.00am. I left at 10, bloody pleased i did.
Justin
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2013
I have done this 5 years in a row but was recovering from a back injury this year. Great race, you need to be prepared for all conditions. Food is extremely important. Plenty of training also
Joseph
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4.7
Did the 75k in 2018
first climb isn't too hard. second climb is a killer. Need something to manage cramp - luckily I did! and having a bit of a head wind really makes that riding time longer and harder!
Phil
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4.7
Did the 75k in 2018
wish i had known the wind direction and height of the water crossings, but that is down to nature and no fault of the organisers
Iain
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2018
Great event, nice laid back atmosphere not too serious and organisation well done and not over the top like some other larger events that cost a lot more to enter! If you could organise the wind to blow in the other direction next year that would be great!
Josh
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3.7
Did the 75k in 2018
Prize money would be great
Leon
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4.3
Did the 75k in 2018
How tough the last big climb is after racing 52km. Get into a bunch and work together riding down the valley if there is a head wind.I biked to the start from home in Kingston but wish I arrived a bit later so I wasn't sitting around for as long.Keep having compulsory kit. In worse conditions it would be vital to have it.
4.3
24 reviews
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Logistics and schedule

The race starts at the information kiosk adjacent to the public toilets and Garston Hotel on State Highway 6 (see sketch).

Registration is from 9.00am. The briefing will be at 10.45 am. Competitors must listen carefully to instructions at the briefing, and note that an ‘Event Plan’ is available for inspection.

The race will commence at 11.00 am.

There will be an early start option at 10am for riders who expect to take longer than 6 hours.

Riders are to keep as far to the left side of the highway as possible (normal road rules apply), and a traffic marshal will assist the turn-off onto Nevis Road. If you have excess gear at the start, you can hand to our Registration Staff in a labelled bag who will take it to Bannockburn.

How to get there

1 Shortcut Rd, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand

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Transport from Bannockburn

There will be a Truck to load bikes on to plus a bus to carry riders from the finish at Bannockburn around to the start at Garston. This is available at an extra $30 per person. Must be booked in advance. Bus and truck leave from the paddock outside the Bannockburn Hotel at 8 am – please arrive by 7:30 am to allow time to load your bikes.

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