The Akatarawa Attack is a Mountain Bike Rogaine, usually set in the rugged wilds of the Akatarawa ranges north of Wellington. A full day's challenge for any keen mountain biker - its your chance to ride a variety of tracks from 4WD to single track at your own pace. Its a mountain bike race with a difference and where you get to choose your own course. A race where the fastest and fittest are more often out witted by sly and cunning. Are you up for the Adventure?
(To retain the mystique of the rugged ranges, every SECOND year it runs outside the Aka's. But 2018 goes BACK INTO THE AKA's The website stays the same from year to year though. As in recent years, you can dump your bikes and run, if you think that will be an advantage. In fact, YOU CAN DO THE WHOLE EVENT WITHOUT A BIKE!. Who will win? Bikers or runners?)
How Does it Work?
The Ak Attack is a navigation adventure for teams of 2 to 5 riders. Points are scored by visiting locations marked on a map within your chosen time period of 4 or 8 hours. A team of volunteers have visited and plotted lots of new and some previously un-documented tracks in the area for you to seek out. The detailed map marked with the location of the points is provided on the day.
Who can participate?
The area is rugged and parts are remote, this is a hard day therefore the minimum age is 16 and teams of two or more members are compulsory and must race and visit the control points together. You will need to be able to deal with simple bike repairs and if necessary be prepared to hike home! There's a list of compulsory gear items that must be carried by each team. (NB the minimum age may be waived for the 4hr section at the organisers' discretion. Form an orderly queue bearing gifts.)
What happens on Race Day?
The events start at 8:30 am and 12:00pm respectively. The maps will be available from about one hour before the start of each event. Finish time is 4:00pm for the 4 hour and 4:30pm for the 8 hour event. Results and barbeque will follow. Points are deducted from your score if you return late, and so it is worth getting back on time, plus you don't want to miss the BBQ! The start location is currently secret but will be within 1 hours drive of Wellington. Teams will be advised in an email about a week prior to the event exactly where the start point is and how to get there. Turn up at least 1 hour prior to the start for check-in, get your maps and start planning the day's adventure. Every rider will receive a detailed map of the area with the tracks marked. Points of different values will be scattered across the map. You choose what you can achieve, and ride your chosen route, but remember to leave a few points for the ride home. Each control point will have a simple question or a clipper to prove you were there. Hand in your score cards at the end, relax and enjoy a feed while the results are collated.
The entry fee is $50 per person for the 8 hour event and $40 per person for the 4 hour event. There's an Earlybird discount of $10 by 10 January, PLUS a $10 discount for orienteering or rogaining club members. (Hint: you can join Orienteering Hutt Valley for 2018 already.) Entries close on 31st Jan 2018 Late entries or additional team members are welcome subject to available maps, with a late fee of $10. Halve everything for full-time 2018 students. The entry fee includes a great map of the area, land access, small prizes and a light meal afterwards. (Yes there's a free lunch!) In early February we will email further details including any additional requirements or equipment and the start and finish location for check-in. Teams will be listed on the website once we receive your entry form and see your payment in the bank.
Each team must be self sufficient and you must have the tools and skills to perform basic repairs to your bike. If you take bikes, they must come back to the finish with you. A knowledge of first aid is essential. Each team must carry the following gear throughout the event, with the bike gear obviously just applying while you are biking. .
- Rain jacket
- Hat or balaclava
- Thermal top
- Sufficient food & water for 4 or 8 hours
- And of course a helmet!
- Survival blanket
- First aid kit
- Compass and the Map we provide
- Cycle repair kit, pump, spare tube, etc