43.6 miles
Distance
10,284 ft
Climb
-10,286 ft
Descent
716 ft
High Point

Route is partly on private land and can only be ridden on race day.

Le'Originale' - Coromandel's original mountain bike event; circumnavigates the northern most tip of the beautiful Coromandel peninsula.

The ride starts in the Colville Township with a flat, fast and fortunately short-lived road section before jumping on the dirt and heading through Whangaahei and onto the Port Charles Road to start the first climb of the day.

The course continues to flow through regular climbs and descents amongst stunning subtropical native bush through to Port Charles. From here it only gets better; as you pass through Port Charles the road narrows, the trees shroud the route, light flickers through the bush and as you reach the sea, patches of greenery open up to give you some of NZ's best coastal views. Once you roll through Stony Bay the next 10km to Fletcher Bay gives way to pristine DOC single track - check out our video section, pictures say a thousand words!

A couple more 'rolly polly' climbs sees the start of the one of the country's 'Crimson Trails', beautiful Pohutukawa line the welcomed, flat roads seaside on route back to Colville. Time to soak up the atmosphere and relish your achievement! Estimated finish times based on previous events - top riders break 3 hours (that's crazy fast!), middle of the pack riders take 4.5 - 5.5 hours, and casual riders 6 - 8 hours.

She's a decent haul and a great day out!

Links

Local Trail Association
Whitianga Bike Club (www.whitiangabikeclub.co.nz)
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Details

  • Race Course
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Colville Connection mountain bike route
  • Altitude start
    9 ft
  • Altitude end
    7 ft
  • Grade
    -0.001%
  • Grade max
    -57.082%
  • Grade min
    74.439%
  • Distance climb
    18.9 miles
  • Distance down
    20.4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4.3 miles
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