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Tour Programme 2015

  • Thursday, 29 October - Prologue

    Tour Registration

    Registration will take place on Thursday 29 October, at the Commodore Hotel, 449, Memorial Avenue.
    Registration will be from 3.30 to 4:30pm with the Prologue starting at 5.30pm.

    Prologue Start Time

    3:30 – 4:30 pm:    Register
    5:30 pm:     (ITT) 5km 2 Laps

    Accommodation bag drop off at Registration

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  • Friday, 30 October - Day 1

    Our first full day, 155km. Departs early to miss the commuter traffic heading into town, it is important to remember that this is the start of the Tour so ride conservatively when you can! The route takes us out of Christchurch to Rangiora, through Ashley, Sefton, bypassing Amberley to join SH1 at The Waipara Hills Wines for a coffee stop.

    We go on SH1 for a couple of kilometres, once we get to Waipara we turn inland to start the climb to Hanmer Springs including the Weka Pass KOM and Sprint before Culverden.

    After lunch, a pleasant ride to the Hanmer turn off for the first Team Time Trial. On arrival at the Heritage Hotel, beer and BBQ will be available.

    Note: Basic front and rear lights are required for the first hour of riding!

    Start:    Commodore Hotel, 449, Memorial Avenue
    5.15 – 5:45 am:    Riders arrive, drop off bags, get ready for start
    6:00 am:    Riders assemble in grades ready to start
    6:15 am:    Start with small time gap between grades

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  • Saturday, 31 October - Day 2

    Head out of Hanmer on a neutral stage before regrouping to start the open stage. This includes a Sprint at Engineers Camp, KOM at Lewis Pass and Stage finish at Spings Junction. A quick resupply at the Springs Junction Aid station, then the Rahu Saddle for KOM points and a very fast descent Team Time Trial style into our Lunch stop of Reefton.

    After lunch easy ride to Ikamatua, crossing the river for the open stage into Greymouth, finishing at John Paul II School where the bikes are stored in a secured area.

    7:00-8:00 am:    Staggered Start

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  • Sunday, 1 November - Day 3

    Day 3 starts with a quiet neutral roll out from John Paul II School in Greymouth, heading back up the Grey River valley to Stillwater where the timed section starts. With Sprints at Aratiki and Rotomanu the road takes you around the back of Lake Brunner to Jacksons and onto Otira. It is a scenic ride up the valley to Otira, take all in while you can! For it is not long before you are tackling the most famous climb on the Tour … Arthur’s Pass… and the viaduct which at 18% in parts makes sure you earn your beer before you reach the summit. A nice roll down the hill to the scenic Alpine Village of Arthur’s Pass.

    10:00 am:    Start

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  • Monday, 2 November - Day 4

    The final day rolls out a few surprises, the rolling climbs between Arthur’s and Porters Pass which includes a sprint at Cass and KOM at Craigieburn cutting and Porters Pass. It is neutral for the descent down Porters and into Springfield to the Yellow Shack Café for Lunch.

    It is out on to the Canterbury Plains once more turning off down the Old West Coast Road to Agriseeds for the start of the final leg of the tour … the Team Time Trial 21 kilometres of exhilarating effort to reach the finish line and completion of the 5 Passes Tour!

    8:00 am:    Start
    Evening: Awards Dinner from 7.00pm at Commodore Hotel

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Summary of Daily Distances & Stages

Location

Distance

Running Total

Comments

  • Thursday, 29 October - Prologue

    Prologue Individual Time Trial

    Dakota Business Park

    5km

    5km

    Fast and flat!

  • Friday, 30 October - Day 1

    Stage One

    Commodore Hotel – Ashley School

    30km

    30km

    Neutral Stage

    Stage Two

    Ashley School – Sprint 1

    27km

    57km

    Open Stage

    Sprint 1 – Waipara Hills winery

    7km

    64km

    Open Stage

    Stage Three

    Waipara Hills winery – Waipara Bridge

    2km

    66km

    Neutral Stage

    Stage Four

    Waipara Bridge – Weka Pass KOM

    13km

    79km

    Open Stage

    Weka Pass KOM – Sprint 2

    20km

    99km

    Open Stage

    Sprint 2 – Culverden (lunch)

    20km

    119km

    Open Stage

    Stage Five

    Culverden – Hanmer Springs Team Time Trial Start

    30km

    149km

    Neutral Stage

    Stage Six

    Hanmer Springs Team Time Trial

    6km

    155km

    Open Stage

  • Saturday, 31 October - Day 2

    Stage One

    Heritage Hotel, Hanmer – Shale Peak Bridge

    23km

    23km

    Neutral Stage

    Stage Two

    Shale Peak Bridge – Engineers Camp, Sprint 3

    27km

    50km

    Open Stage

    Engineers Camp – Lewis Pass KOM

    24km

    74km

    Open Stage

    Lewis Pass – Springs Junction

    19km

    93km

    Open Stage

    Stage Three

    Springs Junction – Rahu Saddle KOM

    8km

    101km

    Open Stage
    (No GC, KOM points only)

    Rahu Saddle – Reefton Team Time Trial Start

    2km

    103km

    Neutral Stage

    Stage Four

    Reefton Team Time Trial

    33km

    136km

    Open Stage

    Stage Five

    Reefton – Ikamatua

    28.5km

    164.5km

    Neutral Stage

    Stage Six

    Ikamatua – Sprint 4 start

    5km

    169.5km

    Open Stage

    Sprint 4 start – Taylorville Road

    41.5km

    211km

    Open Stage

    Taylorville Road – Greymouth

    3km

    214km

    Neutral Stage

  • Sunday, 1 November - Day 3

    Stage One

    Greymouth – Stillwater

    15km

    15km

    Neutral Stage

    Stage Two

    Stillwater – Aratiki, Sprint 5

    15km

    30km

    Open Stage

    Aratiki Sprint 5 to Rotomanu – Sprint 6

    19km

    49km

    Open Stage

    Rotomanu – Lake Brunner Road Finish

    15km

    64km

    Open Stage

    Stage Three

    Lake Brunner Road – Otira

    23km

    87km

    Neutral Stage

    Stage Four

    Otira – start of Individual Time Trial Climb

    2.5km

    89.5km

    Neutral Stage

    Individual Time Trial – Arthur’s Pass summit

    6.5km

    96km

    Open Stage – Timed climb

    Arthur’s Pass summit – Arthur’s Pass village

    4km

    100km

    Neutral Stage

  • Monday, 2 November - Day 4

    Stage One

    Arthur’s Pass – Cass Sprint 7

    27.5km

    27.5km

    Open Stage

    Cass Sprint 7 – Craigieburn Cutting KOM

    14.5km

    42km

    Open Stage

    Craigieburn Cutting KOM – Cave Stream

    6.5km

    48.5km

    Open Stage

    Stage Two

    Cave Stream – Porter’s Pass KOM

    17km

    65km

    Open Stage

    Stage Three

    Porter’s Pass KOM – Springfield (including the infamous “Porter’s Plunge…)

    19km

    84km

    Neutral Stage

    Stage Four

    Springfield – Agriseeds (Start of Team TT)

    25km

    109km

    Neutral Stage

    Old West Coast Road Team Time Trial

    21km

    130km

    Team Time Trial