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Karapoti Classic

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

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A bit of everything knowen to man. River Crossings, uphill, downhill, singletrack, paved roads, dirt roads ++++ see http://www.mountainbike.co.nz/karapoti/
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Latitude
-41.063562650125846
Longitude
175.11005401611328
Trail Directions
10km north of Upper Hutt on the Akatarawa Road. Turn off 4km north of Upper Hutt.
Trail Length
50 Km
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Hutt Valley, New Zealand
   


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Review Date
June 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Michael Jacques , from Wellington, New Zealand

Summary:
THE CLASSIC - 50km

This is the biggie; so popular we limit it to 1000 riders and still end up with a waiting list. The reason is simple; an uncompromising yet exhilarating and achievable 50km of 4WD trails, gnarly single track, wheel sucking sludge, raging river crossings, wall to wall wilderness and huge hills that'll have you grinding a granny ring up and grinning like a good on the way down. In short, "The Classic" has something for everyone and with a bit of training almost everyone can achieve it Almost! The Classic starts Le Mans-style, bikes in hand, with a sprint across the Akatarawa River before a 10km warm up through Karapoti Gorge. Then you're into Deadwood, a 6km long, 575m high climb that is actually three climbs broken up with a couple of downhills. At the top of Deadwood you'll find the 18km mark, then you're straight into a progressively gnarlier downhill culminating in the "Rock Garden," an awe-inspiring single-track descent complete with boulders the size your bike and drop-offs to die for. Then it's crunch time, the "Devil's Staircase," an uphill bike-carry section through a series of ankle-biting bogs. Devil's Staircase is actually the start of the highest climb of the race, a 3km grind to the 613m high "Titi," which marks both the mental and physical halfway at Karapoti. But a drink station, inspiring views and the awesome downhill to follow make the effort worthwhile. Dubbed "Big Ring Boulevard," it's 8km of big smiles (and the occasional endo) to Doper's Creek. The creek crossing marks the start of the final climb, a 3km haul up to the 531m high Dopers Hill. Take a drink and start smiling because from here you've got almost 15km of downhill back to the Akatarawa River, Karapoti Gorge and one final river crossing to the finish line back at Karapoti Park. The rock stars amongst us cut this out in under 3hrs, with Olympians Kashi Leuchs and Kathy Lynch leading the Karapoti Classic Hall Of Fame with race records of 2hrs 20min 46secs and 2hrs 49min 42secs. But if you're one of the 1000-odd mere mortals then you'll be somewhere closer to four, five or even six hours. Either way it's a hell of an achievement! THE CHALLENGE - 20km A taste of the Classic for off-road rookies, spectators, supporters, active families and school kids, this easier option is every bit as stunning as the full-blooded Classic. But with less than half the distance and only one hill it's the ideal introduction to the experience that is Karapoti. With an average finishing time of just 1hr 30min, the Challenge beckons riders of any ability. You warm up with 6km through Karapoti Gorge before turning hard left over to a concrete bridge. From there you climb away from the Akatarawa River for 3km. The effort is soon lost in the surroundings, however, as you wind your way up Valley View Forest, then along the top of Three Skulls Road for 2km, before turning right onto a downhill clay track that takes you back to the concrete bridge. The last 10km are almost all downhill, making it almost impossible not to enjoy the ride back to the Karapoti Park finish line. VENUE DIRECTIONS
To find Karapoti Park, take State Highway 2 approx. 4km north of Upper Hutt to Akatarawa Rd. Turn left into Akatarawa Rd, which you follow for 5km to Karapoti Park. On race day please follow the instructions of parking officials. We have 1000+ vehicles to park while leaving access for emergency vehicles. If forced to park on the Akatarawa Rd, park on the west side (river side). It is illegal to park on the east side of the road and vehicles that do may be towed.

Recommended Route:
Via Karapoti Park, which is found 5km into the Akatarawa Road in Upper Hutt. For full details see www.karapoti.co.nz



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Review Date
January 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: colin sherman , from levin new zealand

Summary:
about 8km up the karapoti gorge before the first of the 3 big climbs after that the rock garden and the infamous devils staircase, after that its all pretty sane stuff,this is a very hard ride try to go with someone whos done it before the akatarawa range isnt a good place to get lost.

Recommended Route:
full 50km loop



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Review Date
June 21, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Jono , from Herts, UK

Summary:
I've raced Karapoti twice in the sport class and it's an absolute blast, mostly old logging access roads with a few gnarly bits thrown in. Devil's Staircase is the second of three big climbs and virtually unrideable (VERY steep)preceded by the Rock Garden which is a good test of trials ability. Lots of fast downhills too, all up an action packed ride and highly recommended. Expect 4-5 hours in the saddle (or out) for a comfortable trail ride and take a route map.

Recommended Route:
The full 50km loop, it mightn't sound very long, but damn it's hard!



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Review Date
March 20, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: David Robinson , from Wellington, New Zealand

Summary:
It great fast, muddy and hard!!! See the race stuff at http://www.mountainbike.co.nz/karapoti/

Recommended Route:
50km main loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
20km loop



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