Ak-Attack 27th January 2013
Akatarawa Attack Start location announced!Version Date: 18 Jan 2013
The 2013 Akatarawa Attack will start from the new location of the DOC administered WHAREROA FARM on the Kapiti Coast (where the sun always shines). HVMBC has managed to jump through all the hoops required by both Wellington Regional Council and The Department of Conservation to bring you an Ak-Attack with a difference (only to be discovered when you see the map). Encompassing some surrounding private land with one time access only, this promises to be an Ak-Attack to suit both the hardened and determined racer through to those choosing a more leisurely pace.
Start and Finish will be in Whareroa farm itself, just take the turn off of SH1 at MacKay's crossing for Whareroa Farm and follow the arrows.
The Akatarawa Attack is a Mountain Bike Rogaine set in the rugged wilds of the Akatarawa ranges north of Wellington. A full day's challenge for any keen mountain biker - its your chance to ride a variety of tracks from 4WD to single track at your own pace. Its a mountain bike race with a difference and where you get to choose your own course. A race where the fastest and fittest are more often out witted by sly and cunning. Are you up for the Adventure?
What is it?
It is a navigation adventure for teams of 2 to 5 riders. Points are scored by visiting locations marked on a map within your chosen time period of 4 or 8 hours. A team of volunteers have visited and plotted lots of new and some previously un-documented tracks in the area for you to seek out. The detailed map marked with the location of the points is provided on the day.
Who can participate?
The area is rugged and remote, this is a hard day therefore the minimum age is 16 and teams of two or more members are compulsory and must race and visit the control points together. You will need to be able to deal with simple bike repairs and if necessary be prepared to hike home! There is a list of compulsory gear items that must be carried by each team.
The events start at 8:30 am and 12:00pm respectively. The maps will be available from about one hour before the start of each event. Finish time is 4:00pm for the 4 hour and 4:30pm for the 8 hour event. Results and barbeque will follow. Points are deducted from your score if you return late, and so it is worth getting back on time, if only for the BBQ! The start location is currently secret but will be within 1 hours drive of Wellington. Teams will be advised in an email 10 days prior to the event exactly where the start point is and how to get there. Turn up at least 1 hour prior to the start for registration, have your gear checked and receive your map and start planning your days adventure. Every rider will receive a detailed map of the area with the tracks marked. Points of different values will be scattered across the map. You choose what you can achieve, and ride your chosen route, but remember to leave a few points for the ride home. Each control point will have a simple question or a clipper to prove you were there. Hand in your score cards at the end, relax and enjoy a barbeque while the results are collated.
The entry fee is $50 per person for the 8 hour event and $40 per person for the 4 hour event. There is a $10 discount for OHV or HVMBC members. Entries close on 14th January 2013 (Late entries will incur an additional $10 Fee per person). Late entries or additional team members are welcome subject to available maps Half Price entry to under 21 (as at December 31, 2013) The entry fee includes a great map of the area, land access, prizes and a free gourmet barbeque after the event. Bring your own drinks and other snacks. Around the 20th of January we will email further details including any additional requirements or equipment and the start and finish location for registration. Teams will be listed on the website once we receive your entry form and payment clears.
Each team must be self sufficient and you must have the tools and skills to perform basic repairs to your bike. A knowledge of first aid is essential.
Each team must carry the following gear throughout the event.
o Rain jacket
o Hat or balaclava
o Thermal top
o Sufficient food & water for 4 or 8 hours
o Survival blanket
o First aid kit
o Compass and [Map (provided)]
o Cycle repair kit, pump, spare tube, etc