163.5km (94.5km of 3 OPEN STAGE SECTIONS)
Starting from The Commodore in the early morning (you will need bike lights front and back) we take it easy to the first wee pit stop of the Tour at the Ashley School.
From the School we start you off on STAGE 1, where all grades will be sent off in seperate intervals. At kilometre 27 is the first SPRINT for the Green Jersey and the finish not far from the Sprint.
AID STATION setup at Waipara Hills Winery, a chance to grab your gear bag, fill up on PURE nutrition, stuff some Tasti bars in your pockets or just to catch a tea/coffee. It’s also a chance to plan for the first KOM and the SPRINT 2 point in STAGE 2 before a lunch rest in Culverden.
After Lunch there’s a nice rolllng ride of 30km to the start of the first Team Time Trial (See more about that later).
The Kiwi Style Tours Dinner in Hanmer and the amazing team from Kiwi Style Tours will be here to chat about their amazing hosted Tours to all parts of the world, check out their website to choose your next cycling adventure.
We look forward to seeing you all on the startline on Saturday 24th November. Train hard, bike safe till then.
The Longest Day of the 5 Passes Tour looks the same but it is a little, well a lot, different. The first part of the course follows the familiar route through the Hope Valley (hopefully a tail wind on a fine late November morning). The first Sprint of the day is again at Engineers Camp which will sort out the sprinters in the groups for the 3rd time of the tour. From this point the make up of the finish has changed as we are finishing with a mountain top finish at the Lewis Pass KOM sponsored by Tavendale and Partners. It’s a short, (neutral) fast downhill to Mauria Hot Springs where the Aid Station girls will meet you with your day bags.
After a short coffee break, a Tasti muffin bar or two and top up of your water bottles with PURE Energy drinks, you will head towards Springs Junction where there’s the 2nd and last Sprint point of the day, which is before the tearooms. (This used to the be the finish of the stage).
This year you will continue on to cross Rahu Saddle which is the 2nd and last KOM of the day before the finish line at Reefton for the usual hot lunch and a BBQ provided by Ben and his team at NZHL at the camp grounds.
After lunch, its a neutral run to Ikamatua where your teams’ will gather for the Team Time Trial, the last Open stage of the day. The finish point is setup near the Pike River Mine Memorial, you are more than welcome to turn around after the finish to stop to pay your respects.
After a long day in the saddle there it’s a 37.5km ride to our accommodation, The Kingsgate and the Ashley Hotel. Bikes will be going back to the Polytechnic and Dinner is at the wonderful Monteiths Bar and there will be plenty of their beer to sample FOC!
Day 3 will start from the Kingsgate Hotel with a short ride to Stillwater, the start of Stage 7.
15km from the start at Stillwater there is a Sprint point in Aratika and another Sprint in Rotomanu. The stage finish is before the bridge on Lake Brunner Rd.
After a short rest and long Neutral to Otira, there’s the Aid Station waiting for you to top yourselves up before the Individual Time Trial up the Otira Viaduct.
The Climb is a mere 6.5km, with a average 7% and a bite of 16%. It’s a tough course for a Individual Time Trial.
The neutral & final stage for the day is a short fast downhill descent into Arthur’s Pass where lunch will be ready and waiting for you. For our guests staying at the Bealey and wilderness lodge after you have relaxed and enjoyed your lunch, you will make your way to your accommodation where you can enjoy the rest of your evening. (note the Bealey is the start of stage 1 on 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 Five Passes Tour!
Team Time Trials
We have made some adjustments to this category for this year as we want to give this category it’s own identity and to give the TTT a chance to find the quickest team in your Grade.
There are 3 Team Time Trials during the 4 Days, Day 1 into Hanmer Springs (6.5km); Day 2 from Ikamatua (12km) and on Day 4 on the Final Stage of the Tour (26.5km).
Times for this category will be calculated from the rider who finishes in the 3rd wheel. No other stages will be used to calculate your TEAM time. But your INDIVIDUAL time in the Team Time Trial will be calculated for your General Classification (GC) not matter where you finish during these 3 sections.