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Bluff is 29km from central Invercargill and a 25 minute drive south along State Highway 1. The mountain bike trails are located off Flagstaff Road which travels up to the popular lookout located on top of the hill. Flagstaff Road is well signposted from Bluff's main street (Gore Street) with the cross country trail entrance located on Pearce Street and the finish of the downhill course is located just across the road. Access to the top of the Downhill course is via Flagstaff Road (tar sealed) and is situated on Department of Conservation land just below the lookout.
Invercargill is served by a regional airport and is a 2 hour drive from Dunedin airport and 1 hour 45minutes from Queenstown. The Southland Mountain Bike Club has negotiated special accommodation deals with the Invercargill Licensing Trust which runs a number of hotels and motels in the city. Just mention that you are attending the NZ MTB Cup event for any of the venues listed in the attached brochure.
The downhill course on the east side of Flagstaff Road has been a popular for a number of years and was re-built by the club in 2011 and was upgraded in October 2012 in preparation for the NZ Cup. It features a rock drop in at the top of Bluff Hill (Motopohue) and travels down through regenerating native bush and open sections, dropping approximately 218m over the 1.37km length. A car park/staging area is located at the base of the hill and Flagstaff Road offers excellent shuttling with an approximately 5 minute drive on the tar sealed road to the top of the hill and course drop-in. The full course record is set at 2 minutes 31 seconds however with the upgraded track times are expected to be a few seconds more.
The Bluff cross country trails were constructed late in 2009 by Queenstown based trail builders Graham Morgan and Nathan Greenwood with club members also contributing many hours of labour. The 6.76km cross country course starts off at the Pearce Street car park with a sharp climb on the wide, gravelled dual purpose trail before hitting the singletrack which takes in sections of rejuvenating native bush, wilding pines and fast open sections. The upper sections of the trails feature numerous rocky sections which can cause problems with lightweight cross country tyres. Overall the cross country loop features 282m of vertical ascent at an average grade of 7.3% and an average 8.3% slope on the descent.
Anton Cooper holds the course record at 20 minutes 42 seconds.
Go to the BikeNZ
or Mountain Bike NZ
websites for event details and registration.
Practice Day Friday 4th January:
Registration: 9:00 to 3:00pm
Slow runs 9:00 to 12.30pm
Race pace runs 1:30 to 5:00pm
Race Day (no on the day entry) Saturday January 5th:
Practice 8:30 to 10:00am
Elite Practice: 10:00 to 10:15am
Timed Seeding Run 11:00 start
Race Run 1:00 start
Prize giving (all categories) 4:00pm approx.
Race Day Sunday 6th January
U15, U17, Senior and all Masters
Registration 9:00am to 10:00am
Race Start 10:30am
Prize giving: U15, U17, Senior and all Masters 1:00pm approx.
U19 and Elite/U23
Registration 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Race Start 2:00pm
Prize giving U19/Elite/U23 4:45pm approx.