2017 GIANT Ruapehu Express entries now open Mountain Bike, Run or Walk the Coolest Terrain On The Planet Saturday 25 February 2017!

Entries are now open for the 2017 GIANT Ruapehu Express, a fresh new adventure style event that involves a Mountain bike event and a separate run/walk event in the foothills of Mount Ruapehu. The Ohakune Events Charitable Trust, the organisation behind the Ruapehu Express is also pleased to welcome GIANT as this year’s event title sponsor.

“Giant Bicycles NZ is proud to be naming sponsor of the 2017 Ruapehu Express – we believe this growing event is a great fit for our range of bikes and look forward to seeing everyone on the start line in February.”

“The inaugual event held last February was an overwhleming success and attracted over 750 people from all over the country who had a great time pedalling, walking or running in the National Park”, explains Event Director, Nick Reader.  In fact it was so popular we sold out of Mountain Bike Entries.  We only have a limited number this year and I expect we will sell out again”.

Based in Ohakune in the central North Island, the GIANT Ruapehu Express gets underway Saturday 25 February 2017.  Participants can either mountain bike 58km or 21 km or trail run/walk 21km or 16km. Each event has a different course and start line but share the same finish line in the Ohakune Junction, the ideal spot for all competitors to reflect on the day, catch up and enjoy well earned refreshements.

“Ruapehu is best known for it’s winter activities, but it’s a great summer destination too and we’re happy to inject more energy into the season with the Ruapehu Express event,”says Kandy Mott chairperson of the Ohakune Events Charitable Trust, the organisation behind the town’s super successful mardi gras.

Crossing sections of private land exclusive to the event, the 58km mountain bike route is a classic point to point cross country race/ride. Riders journey from the lower Tukino Ski Area to Ohakune across varied terrain including NZ Army tussock LAV tracks, Karioi forest single track and Rangataua Forest native bush.

“The course is mainly downhill which means, speed, fun, flow and very few energy sapping climbs,” says Reader. Wave starts will also be added to next year’s mountain bike event.

The shorter 21km ride starts part way though Karioi forest, weaves through Rangataua forest and glides down to the Ohakune finish line.

Runners and walkers will complete an equally scenic and stunning event on a separate route. Starting at Horopito, competitors will take on the scenic and historic Old Coach Road plus additional trails to complete either a half marathon or a 16km trail. Next year’s 21km runners and walkers will get an exciting new first 7km of the course, most of which is independent to the 16km course.

There’s something very special about the Ruapehu region -  the majestic mountains, wide open desert landscapes and crystal clear mountain streams – perfect scenic distractions for the bikers, runners and walkers as they take on the challenge,” says Reader.

For more information or to enter, go to www.ruapehuexpress.co.nz. Like us on Facebook under “Rupaehu Express” for the latest news and updates.


Nick Reader
Event Director
Email: info@ruapehuexpress.co.nz
Mobile: 021 632 721

Posted: Thu 03 Nov 2016