The safety of every single competitor in this event is all that matters. If a competitor arrives at an accident scene where a cyclist has crashed, the following rules of the event apply to all competitors.


1. Ensure your own safety first. Try and make sure no further accident occurs and only then...

2. Flag down the next cyclist through the accident scene.

3. Scene declared an "accident" scene. Attend to cyclist only when safe to do so.

4. Locate a phone and call 111 - AMBULANCE and state BIKE ACCIDENT and the location.

5. Follow instructions of the operator.

6. Call the emergency number on your race number and repeat the incident information.


1. One of the (at least) two stopped cyclists must go forward of the accident scene - towards the field of cyclists

2. Stand safely to the side of the road.

3. Cross arms above chest and loudly yell at all competitors "ACCIDENT AHEAD - SLOW DOWN"

4. A member of the public or marshal can also use the same instructions to declare the scene and accident scene.


As soon as any competitor declares the scene an accident, the race is immediately neutralised and the following rules apply.

Cyclist must:

1. Immediately drop and maintain speed to 20 km an hour

2. Ride with left hand on drop

3. Raise right hand to indicate to cyclists around they are travelling through an accident scene

4. Maintain the speed until they are well clear the accident scene


Any cyclist can declare the scene of an accident at any stage by raising the right arm and yelling "accident" to all competitors around them. All cyclists must then drop speed and maintain a slow pace and ride with extreme caution, riding with the right arm raised and left hand on the drop until safely through the accident scene.


1. Any cyclist that deliberately right faster than 20 km an hour through an accident scene - will have the number recorded and be immediately disqualified from the race and face a possible BAN from future events.

2. Any cyclist that passes another cyclist through the accident scene will also receive immediate disqualification.

3. Competitors are encouraged to record the numbers of cyclists that blatantly ignore the speed through an accident scene rule.

4. Any competitor(s) that stops and renders assistance will suffer no time penalty as a result of stopping. These competitors need to instruct the timing team who will deduct the appropriate amount of time from the overall time.

With your input, we will finalise instructions and these will be displayed on a card all race packs along with all emergency instructions on the reverse of your race number.



This bike course has everything.

It starts with a gentle enough climb followed by a screaming downhill.

After about 7 km you start a 9 km predominantly flat section that takes you out past the airport. At the next main intersection, you turn right and take the road to Whakatane. From here, it is 29km to the turnaround at Lake Rotoma. This section begins with a gentle climb up past Hell's Gate followed by another screamer of a downhill - Tititere and then you are into easily the North Island's most scenic bike course, not a dairy farm in sight. There are no major climbs of any significance on the section of the course. 

At the turnaround, here's hoping that the easterly you prayed for has eventuated. The winds can be a little bit fluky around here and it is hard to pin down any specific wind trend.

At about the 67 km mark the beginning of the race proper. This is where you must ride up "Tikitere" and here, hopefully not meet any of your demons just yet. At the top of Tikitere is a stonking good gentle descent that goes for kilometres.

You turn left back onto State Highway 30 and chances are the wind will be with you by this point. Here's hoping its tail wind but I wouldn't be gambling the house on it.

As you make your way back into Rotorua proper and just before you hit town, we take the suburban roads back to Tarawera (refer above.) Here is where you will well and truly be wondering why exactly you paid to do this. The climb is honest and to compound it, is followed by a false flat. You think you are at the top but it never really seems to arrive. In 2013, the cyclists got to meet The Grim Reaper. True.

The last section is a back stretcher as you make your way down to the lake and transition.


The following is crucial for your safety.  We have decided that all volunteers on the cycle course that have the responsibility for directing you will not be standing in the centre of the road. 

In terms of direction, that is where it ends for us. From this point, it is over to you.  You will be then entering the intersection under the direction of experienced traffic controllers.  Remember though, over every second of the bike course you and you alone decide whether it is safe to enter an intersection.  Please, approach all intersections, hands-on brakes, riding defensively and prepared to stop.

The traffic controllers will do everything they can to get you safely through the intersections without stopping.  If you have to stop, appreciate for those few seconds that our traffic management team has done the job and delivered to you a safe race. 

So remember, the Marshalls will be wearing bright orange jackets and will point you in the right direction but they will be standing on the sides of the road and not in the middle of it.

When you need to turn right you will see a marshal wearing bright orange jackets with large signs, please safely make your way to the middle of the road where you can then negotiate a right-hand turn.  Please look behind you for motorists as you make the move to the centre of the road.


Remember, at all times you must obey the road rules, the roads are open at all times to traffic and you must never cross the centre line


The draft zone is a 10 metre GAP and no riding two wide

There is no "box". All cyclists will be expected to sit hard left on the road

The next bike will be a further 10 metres back and so on

It will look like a giant pace line with all competitors 10 metres apart

If you pull into the road, you'll be considered to be in a passing manoeuvre

A passing manoeuvre is considered deliberate and obvious, you need to be travelling at a speed that is "obviously a passing speed"

The marshals will be using a mixture of cars and bikes

The official will stop you, inform you of your penalty then let you carry on.  4 minutes will then be added to your overall time after the event giving you a total penalty of five minutes.

Two drafting infringements equal disqualification.

Don't stress bunching on the climbs or descents; we will completely leave you alone there. Our focus is the flat road out to the airport and also around the lakes once you drop down the Hell's Gate Hill.



Aid Station – bike.
The aid station is at the 30 KM and 60 km on the bike. Please approach the aid station with hands on brake levers and WATCHING, please no riding on your aerobars through the aid station. The aid station will have the following:

-      Water only