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Tāpoi ā Awhitu
June 27, 2021 @ 6:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
The Easties road trip to Waiuku for a 100km fondo (~2,200m elevation) up around and back down the magnificent Awhitu Peninsula taking in the Manukau Heads lighthouse, Karioitahi Beach views down the west coast and the mostly car free climbs and descents of the peninsula, finishing on the northern slopes and planes of the Waikato River and estuaries.
Convoy from East Auckland, Highland Park shopping centre car park, leaving at 6am to arrive in Waiuku at 7am, park and ride, arriving back in Waiuku for lunch then a drive back to east Auckland arriving by 1pm. Check in on the Facebook event to carpool over.
This is one of the great half day rides in New Zealand, the world.
The course is around 100km with 2,200metres of elevation; ~75% of ascending is done on the way to the top of the peninsula; it’s literally all “down hill” on the return trip to Waiuku. It is a challenging ride requiring a very good level of fitness and climbing ability. If you’re coming you might as well just ride hills from today until the day. All roads are narrow with limited shoulder but are well sealed, in good condition and are relatively quiet. No drop, single file and ride averaging 25kmph overall.
There is one shop for refreshments at around 30km in, and nothing else until we arrive back at Waiuku so you need to be very well prepared. There are NO cafes… It’s a wild coast when the weather comes in… so dress appropriately and think hard about your tyre and wheel choice.
Get in touch with any questions and if you can provide a ride for any one else – as at 10-May we have transport for 8 riders and bikes.