2018 CAMELBAK Ruapehu Express entries open this Sunday 15 October at 8:00pm

Hi all past participants or e news subscribers.

We open entries to one of NZ’s favourite events - the CAMELBAK Ruapehu Express, this Sunday at 8:00pm at www.ruapehuexpress.co.nz

The 3rd annual event will take place Saturday 24 Feb 2018 based in Ohakune.

The event has enjoyed fast growth starting with 750 entrants in 2016, growing to 1000 entrants in 2017. We hope to see 1200 people line up for the four different events in Feb 2018.

The mountain bike event sold out in 2016 and 2017. Entries for 2018 are restricted again so make sure you secure your place in the Ruapehu Express early. The first 100 entrants (bike/run/walk) will get a 20% reduction on their entry fees. An example of the discount is that the 58km MTB will be reduced from $120 down to $100.

The event is brought to you by The Ohakune Events Charitable Trust, who are all about developing the Ohakune region.

We are pleased to welcome old sponsors back as well as some new sponsors including Merida Bikes, TCB Ski Board and Bike and Tailwind nutrition. One lucky person will win a fantastic Merida 120 dual suspension Mountain Bike at the event prize giving. CAMELBAK have stepped up to be presenting rights sponsor which means lots more cool CAMELBAK products for you to win in competitions before the event and at prize giving. TCB are the local snow and mountain bike store in Ohakune and will be involved in race day specials, bike checks and general support. Tailwind is an electrolyte and energy drink that provides all you need for optimum endurance performance.

Participants can either mountain bike 58km or 25km 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 refreshments.

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 MTB course is mainly downhill which means, speed, fun, flow and very few energy sapping climbs. We introduced wave starts in 2017, but from feedback, we know we need to have longer time space between waves for 2018.

Last year we were a bit short of bike transport for Saturday morning and we will make sure that for 2018 we have plenty of transport. Transport is available to book when you enter on line.

The shorter 25km 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.

All event participants finish at the Junction at the top end of Ohakune, mostly around midday to early afternoon.

The Ruapehu region is unique and a simply magic place to visit. Taking part in the CAMELBAK Ruapehu Express gets your right into the middle of this amazing region enjoying both the physical challenge and stunning scenery. Bring your family and mates, stay a couple of nights and relax after the event.

We have some very cool T shirts and hoodies designed for 2018 that can be purchased when entering. Check the website entry info page for the designs.

The Powderhorn Chateau and Station Lodge are offering some event specials on rook rates – check the website ‘deals’ page for details.

For more information or to enter, go to www.ruapehuexpress.co.nz Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ruapehuExpress/ for the latest news and updates.


Nick Reader

Event Director

Mobile: 021 632 721

Email: info@ruapehuexpress.co.nz

Entry enquiries to

Katrina Gray

Entry Manager

Mobile: 021 0371016

Email: admin@ruapehuexpress.co.nz

Posted: Fri 13 Oct 2017