Round 5 (the final round) of the Choc Fish Series is coming up in Waimate on Sunday 28rd October. This race is being is on the White Horse hill on land privately owned by the Dennisons of “Te Kiteroa Lodge”, who kindly grant access for us to use the forest. Prizegiving and a BBQ will be held after the race at Te Kiteroa, so keep this in mind when you decide if you want to park at the top or bottom of the hill. Details below. For those coming from Ashburton, you might even like to make a weekend of it and stay at the lodge on Saturday night. For more information, call Te Kiteroa on 03 689 1088.
The Series comprises a total of 5 races, on the 4th Sunday of each month, leading up to the first races of the next summer season so people have an incentive to keep race fit over the winter! Points will be awarded for each race, and your 3 best races count towards your final score. This means you only have to complete 3 races to be eligible, or you can do all 5 and your best 3 results will count.
This competition is open to South Canterbury (SCMTBC), Mid Canterbury (MCMTBC), and North Otago (MBNO) club members to try and
encourage some inter and intra club competition. Non-club members are welcome to take part in the races (so invite your friends!), but they will not be eligible for placings in the series unless they join a club. Remember that these races are not a serious affair and are supposed to be fun! Don’t be put off if you are not a speed demon (I aren’t).
Choc Fish Mtb Race – Winter Series Race 5 – Waimate
Sunday 28th October
Meeting at Waimate at 9.30am to sign in at the top of the White Horse (Look out for the mtb sign).
Top Carpark:- From Queen St in Waimate drive through town and turn right onto Mill Rd, drive along Mill Rd for about 4km and turn left onto Parkers Bush Rd (This will turn into a gravel road). Head up the hill for about 2km where the road will split, take the left onto Centrewood Park Rd. At the end of the road you will be on top of the White Horse where there is ample room to park.
Bottom Carpark – Te Kiteroa Lodge (if you want an uphill warmup, and DH finish):- From Queen St in Waimate drive through town and turn right onto Mill Rd. Drive along Mill Rd for about 500m and turn left onto Point Bush Rd. Follow this to the end of the road and you will find the carpark from where the mtb track starts. It is sign posted from this point onwards. From here, ride up the steep (and I mean granny most of the way up) mountainbike track to the top of the White Horse. If you park here, allow 30mins to ride up the hill to the start!
View Waimate White Horse MTB Trail in a larger map
Carpooling from Timaru:
Meet at the Wetlands Cafe (SH1 just before the bridge as you leave Timaru heading south) at 8:20am leaving at 8:30am. This is for those parking up the top.
If you want to park at the bottom and ride up, you will have to leave Timaru about 8am to get be able to ride to the top in time.
Race Starts at 10am….60min race.
Entry is $2, and all participants receive a Chocolate Fish!
Prizegiving and BBQ:
As this is the last round of the winter series, we will have prizegiving and a BBQ at “Te Kiteroa Lodge” at the bottom of the hill following the race (so from 11:15ish onwards). To get there, follow the instructions for the “Bottom Carpark” above. It is also marked on the map. We would like an idea of number so if you plan on coming to the BBQ afterwards, please let me know.
There is also a winery adjoined to Te Kiteroa, “Point Bush Winery”, so there is the opportunity to sample some of the local produce and perhaps buy a bottle. If you want to have a drink after the race, you can bring your own or sign in as a house guest and visit the cellar.
Here is a run through of the Waimate Choc Fish circuit. One lap took us 12 minutes. The course has a bit of elevation change and is a similar kind of lap to Raincliff so will be a little demanding.
See you all there!