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!
Local Trail AssociationWhitianga Bike Club (www.whitiangabikeclub.co.nz)
More Stats for Colville Connection mountain bike route
Altitude start9 ft
Altitude end7 ft
Distance climb19 miles
Distance down20 miles
Distance flat4 miles