The Tekapo Alpine Grind is an annual mountain biking event that takes place on the Balmoral Station in the heart of the Mackenzie country in the South Island of New Zealand.
The Balmoral Station is near the towns of Twizel and Lake Tekapo. Nearby Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain stands 3753 metres above sea level so there’s a good chance you’ll get to see some awesome alpine views on your adventure…
There are four mountain bike challenges to choose from on the day for individuals and teams of two – four to enjoy including a 1hr, 3hr, 6hr and 9hr multi-lap events. Something for everyone!
Each lap is approx 9km and covers a variety of undulating terrain including 4wd farm tracks, single track, forestry, open paddocks and most importantly totally achievable and challenging for all abilities not forgetting the amazing alpine views you’ll get to enjoy throughout the adventure.
Hope to see you on the start line!
Tekapo Alpine Grind - Event Schedule
|Online Entries Open||Thursday 16th January|
|Online Entries Close||Sunday|
19th April 2020
|Pre Event Registration ||Friday|
24th April 2020
|4:00pm - 7:00pm||Balmoral Station|
|Event Day Registration||Saturday |
25th April 2020
|7:30am onwards||Balmoral Station|
|Event Day Races||Saturday|
25th April 2020
|9:00am onwards||Balmoral Station|
25th April 2020
|11:30am onwards||Balmoral Station|
Tekapo Alpine Grind - Event Day Timetable
|Events||Briefing Times||Start Times||Awards Ceremonies||Start & Finish Lines|
|9hr MTB||8:50am||9:00am||6:30pm||Balmoral Station|
|1hr MTB||9:50am||10:00am||11:30am||Balmoral Station|
|6hr MTB||10:50am||11:00am||6:30pm||Balmoral Station|
|3hr MTB||12:50pm||1:00pm||4:30pm||Balmoral Station|
Tekapo Alpine Grind - Event Entry Fees
|Events||Age Categories||Entry Fee||Reward|
|9hr MTB||Individual Adult +16yrs|
$135 *per team
|6hr MTB||Individual Adult +16yrs|
$90 *per team
|3hr MTB||Individual Adult +16yrs|
$45 *per team
|1hr MTB||Individual Adult +16yrs|
Individual Child 10-15yr
Saturday 25th April 2020
Balmoral Station, Lake Tekapo
Online Registrations Open at 12:00pm (midday) on Thursday 16th January 2020
Online Registrations Close at 12:00am (midnight) on Sunday 19th April 2020
EVENT REFUND POLICY:
If in the unfortunate circumstances a participant must withdraw from the event due to ill health or injury – NO REFUNDS will be allocated – only race entry transfers to the following year or race entry transfer to another participant will be permitted. Should you need to withdraw and / or transfer your race entry – please notify the Race Director as soon as possible.
In the unfortunate circumstances the event must be cancelled as a result of bad weather ie: Heavy rain, strong winds, hail and snow or severe heat resulting in unsafe participation – NO refunds will be allocated only race entry transfers to the following year.
EVENT START TIMES:
9hr Enduro – 9am
1hr Enduro – 10am
6hr Enduro – 11am
3hr Enduro – 1pm
Race Briefings will take place approx 10mins prior to each respective start time.
You can enter the 9hr, 6hr and 3hr events in teams of 2-4 persons… It is up to the teams to manage the order of its riders. The order can change at any time during the event ie: the first rider might complete two laps before the next rider takes over and so on… *Please note when changing riders between laps – the electronic transponder must be swapped between team mates in the designated transitions area near to the start line.
An event transition area will be set up next to the start / finish line for all teams to tag their team mates.
There will be a designated transition area near to the start / finish line where teams will changeover and can set up small marquees or gazebos whereby team mates can carry out bike maintenance, watch the events unfold or simply sit back and relax…
COMULSORY GEAR & CLOTHING:
With the nature of the event being a multi lap course there is no compulsory clothing required for the event however we do ask participants to dress appropriately according to the weather conditions.
Should the weather deteriorate during the event the Race Director may enforce participants to wear or carry an item of thermal clothing and a waterproof jacket.
All cyclists MUST wear a NZ Standard Approved bicycle helmet at all times during the event.
All cyclists MUST carry a cycle pump, spare tube or tyre and appropriate tools / equipment
The weather in April is generally quite warm with temperatures ranging between 12 – 18 Degrees Celsius with light winds on higher ground. At the same time with the event taking place in an alpine environment the weather can also change at any time. Please make sure you carry all of the compulsory gear required – it would be a shame for you to be disqualified half way in to your run and not allowed to continue!
OFFICIALS / CHECK POINTS / DRINK STATIONS / COURSE MARKING:
Participants are responsible to carry their own food and hydration for the event – however Water, Energy Drink will be readily available at the Start – Transition – Finish area.
The course will be well marked with fluorescent pink tape and red directional arrows to guide you. Please follow these markers, do not deviate from the course and obey the instructions of the race officials at all times.
In the unlikely event of an emergency, first aiders will be located around the course and at the START / FINISH. Qualified personnel will be assessing participants during the race to make sure that everyone is in a fit and good physical condition to continue.
CHANGING FACILITIES & TOILETS:
Changing Facilities and Toilets will be located near to the start / finish area.
There will be three award ceremonies on the day of the event and will take place near to the start / finish area.
11:30am – 1hr Tekapo Alpine Grind
4:30pm – 3hr Tekapo Alpine Grind
6:30pm – 6hr & 9hr Tekapo Alpine Grind
There is plentiful parking available near to the start and finish area on the Balmoral Station. Please look out for CAR PARKING signs and follow directions of Race Officials.
There will be a team of talented massage therapists on site ready to ease away any aches and pains after your accomplishment at the finish line.
Refreshments will be available near to the start / finish area on the Balmoral Station.
Please make sure that anything you take on to the course that needs to be disposed of after use is disposed of in the rubbish bins provided at the checkpoints and at the finish line. LITTERING WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
In the unfortunate situation a participant must withdraw from the event you must inform the nearest checkpoint staff and wait with them until the last participant passes the checkpoint and then be escorted – transported to the finish line accordingly.
In the unfortunate circumstances a participant has an accident during the race – please (if you can) make your way to the nearest checkpoint and notify the first aid staff. If a participant cannot make it to the next checkpoint as a result of injury – the participant must stay in the area of cause of injury and does not deviate from the course whilst also use their compulsory gear as required whilst alsonotifying other participants of their injury for them to in turn notify the next checkpoint staff. Whilst waiting for assistance the participant must stay in the location where they obtained their injury and the first aid team will come to them.
Should another participant assist another injured runner; they are to take note of the time spent assisting the injured person and this time will be deducted from their overall time upon notification at the finish line.
It is recommended that participants traveling from overseas obtain appropriate travel insurance taking in to consideration they are taking part in a sporting event in the event of a medical emergency.
COURSE MAPS & PROFILES
Click HERE to view elevation profile for the course
Click HERE to view Course Map
Click HERE to view Course Profile
*With the nature of the course taking place on an active privately owned farming station – the course map will not be publicly available until the day before the event. We are very fortunate and appreciative of the opportunity to host the event on the Balmoral Station and thank you for respecting the landowners privacy.
SEE YOU ON THE START LINE!