The Ruapehu EXPRESS brings you a unique opportunity for an epic adventure in a stunning landscape!
The 'Express' involves a Mountain bike event and a separate running/walking event in the foothills of Mt Ruapehu. Each event has a different course and start line, but share a finish in the mountain side township of Ohakune - very conveniently beside the Powderhorn bar and restaurant. One of the key features of the MTB events are access to spectacular private land that can only be accessed once per year by doing the Ruapehu Express.
Yes it's a race for some, but you are welcome to just cruise if you want and take in the spectacular scenery...
Introducing for 2019 two new event options!
Looking to extend yourself and discover more epic riding terrain? Done the 60km maybe and want to step up to the top challenge? Then have a crack at the Express 80. The 80 will include all of the great cross country terrain offered by the 60 plus 20km of extra fun (no extra climbs)… There will be an extra aid station with Tailwind electrolyte, lollies etc to help keep your energy up. 80km won’t come easy so make sure you train well over summer! Final course to be advised.
Express 60 Combo
Keen to do the Express 60km, but keen to share the distance and experience with a friend? Then the Express combo could be just the ticket. Rider one starts up at the Tukino road with all of the 60km riders and then rides 35km through army land and the Karioi forest to the 25km MTB start. Rider two now takes over and completes 25km through Karioi forest, Rangataua forest, farmland and a short road section to complete the event at Ohakune.
Entry fees range from between $40- $150 plus transport costs. See the EVENT INFO page for full prices and info.
The 4th annual Camelbak Ruapehu Express will take place Saturday 23 February 2019.
The 60km and 80km Mountain Bike events are classic cross-country point to point rides mostly across private land with exclusive access for this event only! Mountain Bikers start on the Tukino Ski field Road and are treated to a huge variety of terrain and trails including leg 1: NZ Army tussock/desert landscape LAV tracks, leg 2: the myriad of trails in the Karioi pine forest which wraps around the Whangaehu and Wahianoa Rivers, leg 3: the beautiful native Rangataua forest, leg 4: a smattering of farm land and quick dash to Ohakune on the tar sealed roads.
There is also a shorter 25km MTB event for those wanting an easier challenge. Riders start mid way though the Karioi forest, then wind their way through the Rangataua native forest ending with a glide down to the finish line at Ohakune.
The views you will encounter along the way are literally straight out of a film set, especially the majestic Mount Ruapehu which flanks the right side of the course.
Runners and walkers have an equally scenic and stunning event (just slightly shorter), starting at Horopito and finishing in Ohakune. Runners and walkers take on the scenic & historic Old Coach Road plus extra special forest and farm trails to complete either a half marathon or the Old Coach Road 16km trail. Sights along the way include the Hapuawhenua viaduct and Mt Ruapehu. The Old Coach road was a connection that linked the unfinished Main trunk railway line in the past and has been brought back into life as a national cycle and walkway. Run or walk, race or cruise, it's up to you.
Here is an awesome video of this year's race produced by our photo/video guru Martyn Davies.