Do I have to be an expert mountain biker? NO (though please practice riding off road before the event)
What type of bike can I ride? Any bike you like! However, a full suspension bike is recommended, many participants choose to ride a hardtail. We don't recommend a downhill style bike or a skinny tyre bike. However, one or two participants have been known to race Triple Peaks on a cyclocross bike!
Can I jog at times in the walking section? NO, WALKERS MUST WALK.
Can we put two people in to the 3 person relay team? YES, please identify the name of each person doing each leg when registering.
How do we use the timing transponders? The timing transponders are straps that go around your ankle. They are waterproof and very simple to use.
Is there water and food available on the course? There will be water and fruit on the summits and at the river transitions (an Aid Station with food and water) but please treat these as back ups of your own supply. Please carry sufficient water. We highly recommend that you carry an electrolyte solution and nutrition, and if you are doing it solo that you encourage a friend to support you at the transitions.
Are there toilets on the course? Yes toilets are on the course at the transition points (next to the river), as well as the event start / finish.
Are there River crossings? Yes there are a couple of river crossings and there will be marshals on the crossings to assist. If you are nervous to cross, please go across with others, as a group. The following link has some good information from the Mountain Safety Council in regards to crossing rivers. Click HERE .The height of the river will always depend on the amount of rain during that period but we always try to find the safest and shallowest possible crossing.
What happens if the river is too high to cross? The contingency plan will be ready to go should we be unable to cross the Tukituki River. Plan B is to go up and down Mt Erin twice on 4 different routes of which the access road will be used only once. If needed this will be a really good fun route, and will be on trails never experienced before. Following the descent to the Tukituki River, we will proceed on the western side of the river to Te Mata Peak, where we will continue the course as detailed above, and then back to the Village.
Will there be a Bag Drop option for all entrants? Yes, this will be made available. Details to be confirmed in email communications leading up to the event, however the bags will be left at Matangi Rd, towards the beginning of your Te Mata Peak ascent (3rd peak).
Is there a compulsory gear list? No, there is not (and there is no gear check the night before) but we do strongly recommend taking gear to suit changes in weather, with adequate water and nutrition, and sun protection. The weather can change quickly on the course, and you must be prepared for this.
Will sunscreen be available on the course? There will be a limited amount of sunscreen available at the transition point, at Rochfort Road. However we do advise that you take a small sachet of your own, if you feel you will require it.
Are electric bikes permitted on the course? Electric bikes are permitted on the course, (strictly under 300 watts) and do have their own category. Please ensure you are comfortable with crossing the river and riding rough terrain if you wish to embark on this challenge with an e-bike.
What is your Covid 19 policy and will I receive a refund if the event is cancelled? Please view our Covid 19 policy HERE. The event will only take place if we are in level 1. If the event is cancelled, all entrants will be reimbursed LESS $20 per person, to assist in covering unavoidable costs and still allowing for a small donation to Te Mata Park.