2-3 October 2021
A self-supported bikepacking challenge. Connect the six rideable corners of Golden Bay in 36 hours, Takaka to Takaka.
The Six Corners are: Cape Farewell Lookout, Brown Hut (start of Heaphy), Anatori River, Totaranui Beach, Rameka Track start & Trilobite Hut ). Each of these are awesome places and iconic NZ landscapes, all worthy of a visit in their own right.
No entry fees, no prizes, no tracking. You can do the "corners" in any order, but you must finish in the time limit. A star for every corner, lose a star for every hour you are late back! Some corners are harder than others.
Route info, Start and map etc
There's facebook page with all the history from previous versions plus a bunch of photos, worth a look if you haven't been to Golden Bay before. The route is about 445km total, the western section is pretty flat (2000m+), the eastern section is not! (~4500m).
Start: The Village Green, Takaka 6am, 2 October, 2021
Finish: in the Roots Bar, Commercial St, by 6pm, 3 October, 2021
Here's a map & gpx file which you might find useful. ......East Takaka Rd is mandatory for travel in lower Takaka Valley, keep off the highway where possible. Look at the weather forecast when making a plan - it can get awful windy out on the West Coast, so usually it's best done early, or late.
By taking part in the Six Corners Challenge you agree to:
- ride the challenge yourself without assistance from anyone else.
So this means no support crews, no pre drops*, no help from other riders*, only using services that are available to all and the general public (accommodation*, food etc), no DRAFTING*.
- take full responsibility for your own safety and well-being. If you need assistance you need to organise it yourself. If you need rescue/ emergency assistance you need to sort it. There's good cell coverage and lots of houses on nearly all the route. There's enough traffic that you can wave someone down. You might decide to take a PLB if you are concerned.
- obey the road rules and remember that all roads are open to the public. Don't ride the State Highway between Central Takaka and Uruwhenua bridge, use East Takaka Rd instead.
- make a record of your achievement of reaching each corner. A selfie at the photo sites or a strava log will do, or a mate who saw you there!
* Pre drops: you can leave gear anywhere along the route and pick it up when you pass back by that point, but you can't place it before the start at 6am.
* If you get help from other riders it better be for something catastrophic. The onus is on you to come prepared. There's a bike shop in Takaka, but it will be closed by noon Saturday.
* Locals will likely want to stay in their own beds Saturday night if they are in town. That’s ok.
* DRAFTING, riding someone else's wheel is a no-no. You can ride with others, but ride beside them, or out of earshot. It means you'll ride at the pace of the slowest in the group, not the fastest. It's way more fun than riding in a pace line and after all it's not a race eh, it's a personal challenge.
So some information on resupply and accommodation:
(the flats!) There are plenty of food options with cafes in Collingwood, Bainham and a store at Pakawau which is open 8am-8pm both days. The cafe at Farewell Spit has burnt down and the one at Maungarakau might be open. Water is really only available from the above places, apart from Brown Hut where there's heaps. There are only a few drinkable streams etc out west. Plenty of camping and accommodation options though. Cabins and backpackers at Wharariki Holiday Park (just off course) might be tempting, and Brown Hut is a great option.
Eastern Section (the hills):
Not many resupply options once you leave Takaka. There's a store in Pohara for when you head out to Totaranui and the Woolshed Cafe at the Canaan Rd/SH60 corner will be open from 10am, but that's about it. On the water front there's heaps with water at Totaranui, through the Rameka Track and at Canaan carpark and plenty of good streams etc once you head up the Cobb. Again plenty of accommodation options with the hut at Trilobite and camping at Totaranui and Canaan.
Hall of Fame
Completions of the full course:
2017 - Brian Alder
2018 - *Greg Galway
(shortened course due to road closure)
2020 - Tony LeSueur
- *Martin Genet; (honourable mention for missing cut off by 30 mins)
2021 - Martin Strelka 25hrs 20mins (FKT men)
- Emma Bateup 30hrs 15mins (FKT women)
- Sam Snowden
- Debbie Chambers
- Emma McCosh
- Karen Le Sueur
- Georgia Whitla
- Patrick Higgins
- Debbie Ardern
- Scott Ardern