Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

UPDATED - 19/02/2016

What date is the event on?

Saturday 21st January 2017.

How do we get to the start of the Meridian Energy Milford Mountain Classic?

The car park is located at Deep Water Basin in Milford Sound. The turn off for this is on the left hand side before the Milford village.

Milford Sound is 120km from Te Anau. It is minimum drive of approximately 2 hours.
Te Anau is in Southland which is in the lower left side of the South Island of New Zealand. It is a 2 hour drive from Queenstown or Invercargill to Te Anau.

NOTE: there will also be a lot of tourist traffic on this highway – mostly traffic exiting from Milford Sound from mid-afternoon.
Upon arrival at Milford Sound please follow the directions of traffic marshals, as to where to park and/or drop off competitors. 

How do we get to the start of the Ricoh Homer Hundred?

The Chapel carpark is located on the right hand side of the road approximately 1km below the start at the eastern portal of the tunnel. This area will be clearly signposted.
Travel time is a minimum of 1hr 45mins from Te Anau.

NOTE: there will also be a lot of tourist traffic on this highway – mostly traffic exiting from Milford Sound from mid-afternoon.
Upon arrival at the Homer Tunnel please follow the directions of traffic marshals, as to where to park and/or drop off competitors. 

How do we get to Knobs Flat?

Knobs Flat is the starting location for the Fiordland Lobster Company Eglinton Challenge.

Knobs Flat is 65km from Te Anau, on the Milford Highway.
Driving to Knobs Flat will take approximately 1 hour from Te Anau.

NOTE: there will also be a lot of tourist traffic on this highway – mostly traffic exiting from Milford Sound from mid-afternoon.
Upon arrival at Knobs Flat please follow the directions of traffic marshals, as to where to park and/or drop off competitors. 

Where do we collect the Race Packs from?

Race packs are only available for collection on the day of the event (Saturday 21st January) from the Fiordland Events Centre, Luxmore Drive, Te Anau.

When can we collect our race packs?

Event

Registration Time

Meridian Energy Milford Mountain Classic Individual

8.00am – 2.00pm

Ricoh Homer Hundred

8.00am – 2.00pm

Fiordland Lobster Company Eglinton Challenge Individual

8.00am – 2.00pm

Note: If you have booked pre-event transport, please rack your bike when you register at Fiordland Community Events Centre, Luxmore Drive, Te Anau – by the following times:

- Milford Mountain Classic up until 12.00pm
- Homer Hundred up until 12.00pm
- Eglinton Challenge up until 12.00pm

Where do the events start from?

The starting locations for each of the events are outlined below:

Event

Start Location

Meridian Energy Milford Mountain Classic

Milford township boundary

Ricoh Homer Hundred

Eastern Side of Homer Tunnel

Fiordland Lobster Company Eglinton Challenge

Knobs Flat

 

Is there transport available to the start of the events?

While your entry fee does not include transport to the start of the race, we do offer a competitor and bike transport service for the event.

Pre-event transport to the start of the Meridian Energy Milford Mountain Classic at Milford must be indicated in the online entry process. The cost for this service is $30.00 per person. The departure time for the Meridian Energy Milford Mountain Classic is 1.00pm from the Fiordland Community Events Centre, Luxmore Drive, Te Anau.

Pre-event transport to the start of the Ricoh Homer Hundred at the eastern side of the Homer Tunnel must be indicated in the online entry process. The cost for this service is $25.00 per person. The departure time for the Ricoh Homer Hundred is 1.30pm from the Fiordland Community Events Centre, Luxmore Drive, Te Anau.

Pre-event transport to the start of the Fiordland Lobster Company Eglinton Challenge at Knobs Flat must be indicated in the online entry process. The cost for this service is $20.00 per person. The departure time for the Fiordland Lobster Company Eglinton Challenge is 3.00pm from the Fiordland Community Events Centre, Luxmore Drive, Te Anau.

Where are the Race Briefings held?

The race briefings will be held at the start locations for each of the respective events. It is compulsory that you attend the briefing as it contains important safety information that you need to know to complete the event. 

When are the Race Briefings?

The race briefings for each of the events are outlined below:

Event

Time

Meridian Energy Milford Mountain Classic

4.00pm

Ricoh Homer Hundred

4.20pm

Fiordland Lobster Company Eglinton Challenge

4.45pm

 

What times do the events start?

The starting times for each of the events are outlined below:

Event

Start Time

Meridian Energy Milford Mountain Classic

4.15pm

Ricoh Homer Hundred

4.30pm

Fiordland Lobster Company Eglinton Challenge

5.00pm

 

Are we able to take gear bags?

You can use a bag as a drop bag in which you can leave gear at the start. Your bag will be taken to the finish area in Te Anau for you to collect.

Uncollected bags from the Finish will then be available at the prizegiving the following morning at the Fiordland Community Events Centre, Luxmore Drive, Te Anau.

What do we do with our Race Numbers?

Your race number will be in your race pack that you collect at registration on the day of the event. The race numbers must be attached to your seat post for the entire event.

Are Wheel Tags being used for timing?

Yes, each competitor will be issued with a Wheeltime tag that corresponds to their race number and an electronic time is automatically produced.
Your transponder should be firmly attached to your wheel tag 4 fingers below rim on the front left fork. If the wheel tag is not attached to your bike properly you may not receive an official time.

Do our Wheel Tags need to be returned?

Yes, once you have crossed the finish line, please return your wheel tag to one of the marshals.

If you do not finish the event, please ensure you return your wheel tag to one of the marshals at the finish line.
If your wheel tag is not returned, you will incur a $50.00 replacement fee.

Can I wear an i-pod MP3 or other music player?

No, these are not permitted in the Event for safety and out of consideration to fellow competitors and the hazard they present in hearing traffic and Marshalls instructions.

What services will be available on the course?

Aid stations: there will be two aid stations (water only) along the course. These will be provided at Knobs Flat (65km to go) and near the top of Retford Hill at (38km to go).
Toilets: toilets are available on the course at Milford, the Chapel, The Divide; Knobs Flat as well as additional toilets just off the highway in camping sites, where indicated by Department of Conservation signage. 
St John: full race support will be available including a dedicated event Ambulance. 
Sag wagons: these will tail end the whole course. 

What do we do with rubbish?

The event is primarily cycled through the Fiordland National Park. We are required to leave the National Park as we found it so would greatly appreciate all riders and supporters carefully managing their own rubbish. Littering the course will endanger the future of this race so please take out what you bring in - naturally this applies to the whole of the course!
In the approach to each aid station we request that drink bottles are only discarded within the zone and just into the water-table, so they are visible and readily able to be collected. 

If you wish your drink bottle to be returned please put a label on it with your name and leave at a drink station.

Are there any cut-off times on the course?

Yes, the course will be closed at 9.00pm at Te Anau Downs. This is to ensure all competitors are finished before dusk and so Marshalls are similarly finished at a respectable time.

Are the roads closed for the race?

There are NO ROAD CLOSURES on the course therefore normal road rules apply throughout the duration of the event. Emergency vehicles and race officials will be constantly moving around the main bunches so keep an eye out for oncoming vehicles at any time.

Within the managed zone [Homer Hut Carpark to the Divide]; course officials will be working to ensure there are no vehicles on the road, other than those in official escorted convoys. From beyond The Divide you may expect following and oncoming traffic at any time. 

What services will be available at the Finish Area?

There will be a range of services available at the finish line on Lakefront Drive parallel to Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas including:

·         St John First Aid

·         Aid station (drink)

·         Drop bag

-         Massage (must be pre-booked with Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas 249 9700)

-        Bar & restaurant

Is there a Reserve Day for the event?

In extreme weather, or other force majeure, (a natural disaster beyond the Event organisers control), the event will be postponed to Sunday 22nd January 2017 (reserve day). All the event timing will remain the same regardless of the date. If required, this will be notified on the Meridian Energy Milford Mountain Classic website, Facebook and text where practical.

In the event of severe weather on the western side of the main event, race organisers may shorten the course/change the start location if deemed necessary for safety of competitors and the public.

The organisers will ensure that this information is widely circulated around the Te Anau Community – particularly accommodation providers and on social media. Please plan appropriately in case of a possible postponement. If the reserve day cannot be used, the event will be cancelled and entry fees are non-refundable, although we will do our best to reschedule the event.

Is there Event Merchandise?

Yes, there are event t-shirts which can be purchased during the online entry or on the day. Please go to the merchandise page on this website.

Where can I find out about the Results?

Preliminary results will be on the event website (www.milfordclassic.co.nz) within 24 hours after the completion of the event.

Is there a Prizegiving for the event?

The prizegiving will be held at Fiordland Community Events Centre, Luxmore Drive, Te Anau at 8.30am on Sunday 22nd January 2017. Please note: there is no breakfast with the prizegiving this year.

As well as trophies and category prizes, there is a fantastic array of spot prizes up for grabs - but you must be present at the prizegiving to receive these. 

 


                  
 

                      



                    
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