Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Course teasers

Here are some facts about the course that may be of interest.
The start and finish of the race is in Tuakau, and is a loop.
Broadly, it is very similar to the first course, with a similar amount of ascending, distance and metal roads.
It differs in that it has fewer rated climbs, five instead of the eleven in the first edition.
The maximum gradient on the course is 15%, as opposed to 18% in race one and the longest climb is 4.1 kilometres, but is under 4% average gradient taking the race up to 178 metres above sea level.
At various points you may be able to see the Waikato River, Tasman Sea, Hunua Ranges and Coromandel Ranges.
Similar to the first race, most of the roads are very quiet, back country roads, being in the country
you will need to be vigilant for wandering stock and wildlife. So far in course recon I have seen on the road Hares, Turkeys, Rabbits, Cattle, Sheep, Pheasants and roadkill.

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