Coppermine Mountainbike Race
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Big Mountain Enduro

For those who prefer to start their event at the top of the hill the new Big Mountain Enduro offers a freedom ride or shuttle option. The BME is self sufficient (maps provided at start), with self timing using orienteering style log in and outs and has four separate time stages. Starting in split times from the top of Fringe hill the first section takes on Black Diamond Ridge. After an easy liaison to Coppermine Saddle stage two is the fast and flowing decent to the Maitai river. Another short liaison stage to above the Maitai dam will see a flat out peddle along the pipeline descending to the Maitai valley road. Riders will then Liaison to the Maitai camp pipe bridge. From here riders will climb to the top of Turners for the fourth and final stage, down turners and out the Turners extension (TBC) with a short liaison to the event village. Transport to the top of Fringe Hill is not included in the entry price, see details under entry info.

1- Start- top of the first long downhill on BDR (enter BDR, go up the first push and then up the zig zag to the top of the rise). End of the stage is the Dun rail trail.

a. Liaison stage is up the rail trail to Coppermine saddle

2- Start- Sign on the top of the Coppermine saddle. End. Where single track becomes 4x4 track (approx 1km after the bridge).

a. Liaison stage is along 4x4 track and onto single track across from the Maitai Dam until riders reach the large blue valve on the pipe line.

3- Start at the large Blue valve on the pipeline, (2 or so km past the dam) End- The road at Smiths Ford.

a. Liaison stage is flowing the marked Coppermine race track to the Maitai camp. From here Riders will be directed up Groom road and climb to the top of Turners Track.

4- Start at Top of Turners trail by the sign, down Turners and the Turners extension (TBC prior to race day).

a. With a short Liaison to the event village at Almond tree flat.


Coppermine

The Coppermine completes a 40km loop of Nelson's stunning mineral belt and descends the fun and flowing upgraded Boulder Valley. It stay on the Dun Mountain Rail Trail all the way to Third House and on to Coppermine Saddle. This course has been included as part of the New Zealand national cycleway project and is an excellent recreational ride. It has less climbing than the Epic and does not require the same technical skills.

Coppermine Course ~ click to enlarge

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The loop starts at the ‘07 Nationals Start/Finish area (Almond Tree Flat). The course leads onto the Maitai River track and along to the end of golf course. The course takes a right and joins a dirt road passing the water pounds and a short sharp climb up to the Tantragee Saddle. From here it drops down to the Dun Mtn Rail Trail and makes its way along the Rail Trail for 5km of easy riding to the four way junction of Fringed Hill and the Brook (known as the Classic). The Enduro continues straight ahead along the Rail Trail to third house another 5km of gentle climbing track through stunning native bush (ie. it does not climb Fringed Hill). 

A clearing is the 1st sign you have reached the historic Third House. From here it’s straight on to Wells Ridge intersection and the 15km mark. Both courses rejoin here and continue on an easy route up the Rail Trail through native beech eventually entering the mineral belt. The track smoothes out for a fast ride to Windy Point .The track has been slightly changed in its route and now takes you past the original cromite mine shaft on the way to Coppermine Saddle, not that you will have the time to look at it...

This is the half way mark at 20km.

From here the fun really starts as it’s mostly down hill to the finish. Boulder valley has had a significant make over in 2011 in preparation for the National Cycle ways project. Bikeworks and Nelmac have done a remarkable job of turning this once very technical descent into one of most flowing pieces of single track around. Everyone will love the upgrade as it caters for all abilities and is a lot of fun to ride. The landscape is amazing and the scenery breathtaking. The lower section remains fast as you descend into Solander Creek an over the new bridge and out to the Maitai Dam. The course stays river left and follows the pipeline track before crossing the pipe bridge below the dam. Then using the Maitai Valley gravel road it’s a fast 5km to the Motor camp (The Maitai Valley Road is open to general traffic. Normal road rules apply). Here the course crosses the pipe bridge and follows the Maitai River single track back to the finish at Almond Tree Flat.

It is expected that most riders will take between 3 to 5 hours to complete the course (see the Pace Guide for more info).


Coppermine Epic

The name says it all. The Epic has all the elements you could want from a great bike event. A massive mountain climb up to almost 900m, the sweetest single track with sections that will challenge all riders and stunning scenery that traverses Nelson's mineral belt. It is also a 40km loop.

Epic Course ~ click to enlarge

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The loop starts at the ‘07 Nationals Start/Finish area (Almond Tree Flat). The course leads onto the Maitai River track and along to the golf course. The course then climbs through mature pine trees and descends on to the Tantragee Saddle (the start loop may change depending on access). From here it drops down to the Dun Mtn Rail Trail and makes its way along the Rail Trail for 5km of easy riding to the four way junction of Fringed Hill and the Brook (known as the Classic). After a hard left hand turn riders will click in to granny gear and climb all the way to the summit of Fringed Hill.

From the summit the track rolls into the native bush and follows a tramping route otherwise known as Black Diamond Ridge. The challenge here is to ride as much of this undulating ridge line as possible. The trail rejoins the Rail Trail above Third House at the start of the Wells Ridge Track.

This is the 15km mark.

From here the course continues on an easy route up the Rail Trail through native beech and eventually enters the mineral belt. The track smoothes out for a fast flowing ride to Windy Point. The track has been slightly changed in its route and now takes you past the original cromite mine shaft on the way to Coppermine Saddle, not that you will have the time to look at it...

This is the half way mark at 20km.

From here the fun really starts as it’s mostly down hill to the finish. Boulder valley has had a significant make over in 2011 in preparation for the National Cycle ways project. Bikeworks and Nelmac have done a remarkable job of turning this once very technical descent into one of most flowing pieces of single track around. Everyone will love the upgrade as it caters for all abilities and is a lot of fun to ride. The landscape is amazing and the scenery breathtaking. The lower section remains fast as you descend into Solander Creek an over the new bridge and out to the Maitai Dam. The course stays river left and follows the pipeline track before crossing the pipe bridge below the dam. Then using the Maitai Valley gravel road it’s a fast 5km to the Motor camp (The Maitai Valley Road is open to general traffic. Normal road rules apply). Here the course crosses the pipe bridge and follows the Maitai River single track back to the finish at Almond Tree Flat.

It is expected that the fastest riders will take between 2-3 hours to complete the course. All other riders can expect an event time of approx 4 to 6 hours (see the Pace Guide for more info).

 

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