Entries & Details

Course Description

The Rodney Coast Challenge multisport course description is as follows:

  • 10 Km Forest Run, from Muriwai beach to Rimmer Road forest entrance

  • 30 Km Road Cycle stage heads out from Rimmer Road on to S.H. 16 through Helensville, Kaukapakapa, and onto Makarau

  • 25 Km Mountain Bike stage heads up the Makarau Valley onto Tahekeroa Road, right into Upper Waiwera then on to Noakes Hill. Right into Krippner Road and then descends into Puhoi

  • 8 Km Kayak down the Puhoi River starting at the back of the Puhoi Park and finishing at Wenderholm Park, with a 100 m sprint to the finish

Full course maps

Entry Categories and Costs

Event is going ahead with current Covid-19 level. Full refund policy available if event cancelled

Here at the Kaukapakapa Scouts we run this event on a voluntary basis to raise money for our Keas, Cubs and Scouts. This makes it easier for us to continue to plan for Level 1 or2 and with this in mind we are offering the following options in case we do have to cancel the event due to Covid-19 restrictions:

  • Transfer entry fees to next year

  • Full entry fee refund

  • Donate all or some of the entry fee to Kaukapakapa Scouts


Individuals - price includes event t-shirt* Individual Entry Form

  • Open/Vet/Old Farts Male & Female - $105

  • Youth 13-18 years - $80


Tandem - price includes event t-shirt* Tandem Entry Form

  • Tandem Team of 2 Adults $210

  • Tandem Team of 1 Adult + 1 Youth $185

  • Tandem Team of 2 Youths $160


Teams – price includes event t-shirts* Team Entry Form

  • Team of 2 $180 ( Youth 13-18 years $150 )

  • Team of 3 $225 ( Youth 13-18 years $180 )

  • Team of 4 $270 ( Youth 13-18 years $220 - Use your own kayak )

  • Team of 4 School Teams Challenge – $270 – Kayak Supplied - Same Kayak for every team

  • Youth competitors in any category can hire a kayak for $50 - this is an entry level racing ski (sit on top)


*Event t-shirts are included in race packs for entries received before 1st November 2021

Entries received after 10th November will be deemed to be late entries. Late entry fee $30.00

No refunds after 1st November without medical certificate


Race Day Sunday 7th November 2021

Race Organiser Kaukapakapa Scout Group

Race Director Graeme Hounsell

Email info@rcc.org.nz

http://www.rcc.org.nz

Phone 027 462 0675

Registration From 6:00 AM Rimmer Road car park area, beach end

Race Briefing 7:00 AM Woodhill Forest, Rimmer Road car park area, beach end

Safety Requirements N.Z.S.A approved bike helmet stages 2 & 3. N.Z.S.A approved buoyancy aid stage 4. Bikes must be in road safe condition. Entry refused where any bike is deemed unsafe

Timetable

Saturday 6th November

  • 5:00 PM The Puhoi park transition area opens for competitors wishing to drop their Kayaks off before the start. This is highly advisable. Officials will be on hand for security right through race day morning if you wish to drop off early Sunday morning

  • 5:00 PM The Makarau Scout Camp Mountain Bike transition area opens for competitors wishing to drop their Mountain Bikes off before the start. This is highly advisable. Officials will be on hand for security right through race day morning if you wish to drop off early Sunday morning

Sunday 7th November

  • 5:45 AM The Road Cycle transition opens for competitors wishing to drop their cycles off. Officials will be on hand for security

  • 6:00 AM The registration area at beach end of Rimmers Road is open for check-in. Race numbers issued at check-in. Only one member of a team or the support person needs to be at check-in, other team members can go directly to their transition areas. Please bring your race number

  • 7:00 AM Pre-race briefing

  • 7:15 AM Race Start

Further timetable details below

Covid-19 Alert

As you are aware with the recent cases in the city there is intense scrutiny on events such as the Rodney Coast Challenge. Please do not attend the event if you are showing any Covid-10, Cold, or Flu symptoms

Support Crew Registration

  • All support crew must be registered and all vehicles must display competitors race number in the front and rear window

  • Go to Support Crew Registration There is a link to identify your race number

Competitors Briefing

Please also refer to the notes below with stage and transitions details

  • Race bib number to be worn and kept visible at all times. Team competitors please ensure number can be read at all times. Your race bibs are to be returned to officials at the end of the race. If withdrawing from the race please hand in your bib to a course official. Race bibs numbers must be clearly displayed to the front. If not you will not be recorded as finishing the event. It is your responsibility to ensure that your number is clearly displayed and recorded

  • Course sign-posted with “Futureproof Life Rodney Coast Challenge.” signs at regular intervals, but you must familiarise yourself with the course in advance

  • Road rules must be obeyed at all times. At no time are any roads closed to the public and vehicles have right of way

  • Cyclists must stay left at all times. Do not cut corners, especially on the Mountain Bike course. These are open roads and traffic will come the other way

  • Course Marshals are NOT Traffic Officers. They indicate one of the following

    • Change direction – slow down, obey road rules

    • Congested area – slow down, beware of people and traffic

  • When cycling through Kaukapakapa Village please pay extra attention to parked cars and pedestrians as you pass the village hall. There is a Sunday Market and people will be crossing the road and opening car doors. If necessary slow down and shout ahead “Cyclists Coming!”

  • When arriving at the Makarau bike transition area, all competitors must dismount before crossing the blue timing line. Follow the marked chute, do not jump across bunting or tape markers

  • Support crews please watch out for cyclists and walk within coned areas

  • The Mountain Bike stage is a public gravel road, keep left at all times. The Noakes Hill Road incline is very steep, if walking, allow those riding the right-of-way, i.e. clear yourself well left of the obvious cycle line. The Krippner Road decline is a DANGEROUS, steep decline with bad cambers and gravel on sharp corners, plus oncoming traffic. Ride within your limits. Keep well to the left on all corners and remember you cannot claim a prize in hospital!

  • Support crew vehicles are banned on the Mountain Bike stage, be prepared to service your own breakdowns on this stage

  • The Kayak launch site is a cleared area of bank at the back of the park, flagged for entry. You may have the assistance of one supporter. Kayaks are not to be moved from the transition area until the kayaker is ready. Entry to the water is on a first in, first served basis, be patient. LIFE JACKETS must be worn

  • Kayakers take the main right fork after passing under SH1 and go down river to Wenderholm. You must keep to the right-hand side of the channel when approaching on-coming craft, and at all corners. Kayaks must finish to the east of the Wenderholm boat ramp. Look for the flagged area. Kayakers must run through the park to the finish chute. Follow the signs. The park is open to the public, please give way to the public

Safety Notes

  • If you are at the scene of any accident please give assistance as required and relay a message of help via the next competitor

  • Important! If you withdraw from the race please notify the nearest marshal of your number and hand in your bid

Registration and Start

THERE IS NO PARKING AT THE START!

  • Support crew must drop off their runner, but must then immediately leave, there is no parking. Please return to Transition 1

  • The road to and from the start line is a rough and dusty forestry track, please go slow, and keep left at all times

  • The runner registers for the whole team and collects their race bib. This bib is transferred from team mate to team mate at transitions

  • Race Packs and t-shirts will be distributed at the finish line in Wenderholm on return of your race bib

  • Registration at the start will be drop off and go. No support crew can remain at the start. There is no parking allowed within the Forest

  • After drop off, vehicles can return to the Road Cycle Transition 1 and park on Rimmer Road, outside the Forest gates facing down towards State Highway 16. No vehicles are to be uphill of the Forest Gate or in the side street opposite. Forest entrance is to be kept clear at all times

  • Athletes wanting to have a gear bag and warm clothes at the start can drop this at registration (Please label with your name and race number) and this will be taken to the finish at Wenderholm for you

  • Other team members; Road Cyclists, Mountain Bikers and Kayakers, do not need to come to the start line for registration. All details are here on this page, and updates will be emailed to all competitors prior to the race

  • If you are supporting a self supporting individual you must leave your car at Transition 1, as above on Rimmer Road and organise a lift to the start. Please let us know if you need any assistance

  • You cannot drive to the start and leave your car

  • 5:45 AM The Road Cycle transition opens for competitors wishing to drop their cycles off. Officials will be on hand for security

  • 6:00 AM The registration area at beach end of Rimmers Road is open for check-in. Race number bibs issued at check-in. Only the team runner needs to be at check-in, other team members can go directly to their transition areas.

  • Please make sure you your race number, you can check here Competitors

Timing

  • 7:00 AM Pre-race briefing

  • 7:15 AM Race Start

  • A "Portaloo" is available at registration

Run 10 km

  • The start line is on Muriwai Beach. Course is over sand dunes, right on to Coast Road, left into Mission Road, left into Selwyn Road, right into Rimmers Road, and hard left into Road Cycle transition area at forest entrance car park. See the Maps

  • Your time is recorded when you cross the blue timing mat. Please ensure your race number is clearly displayed

  • Proceed from their to your road cycle stored on the cycle racks, or swap you bib to you next team member waiting on the grassed area

  • Please do not short cut across the road or through the traffic cones

Transition 1 - Rimmer Road

  • Parking only on sealed part of Rimmer Road, outside the Forest gates facing East and down towards State Highway 16

  • No vehicles are to be inside the forest gate or in the side street opposite

  • The forest entrance is to be kept clear at all times

Timing

  • 5:45 AM The Road Cycle transition opens for competitors wishing to drop their cycles off. Officials will be on hand for security

  • 7:50 AM First Runners will begin to arrive

Road Cycle 30 km

Rimmers Road, left onto State Highway 16, right at roundabout into Helensville, and on through to Kaukapakapa Village, north past Kaipara Lookout before descending and right into the Makarau Valley for the Mountain Bike. See the Maps

  • Road rules must be obeyed at all times. At no time are any roads closed to the public and vehicles have right of way

  • Cyclists must stay left at all times. Do not cut corners. These are open roads and traffic will come the other way

  • Course Marshals are NOT Traffic Officers. They indicate one of the following

    • Change direction – slow down, obey road rules

    • Congested area – slow down, beware of people and traffic

  • When cycling through Kaukapakapa Village please pay extra attention to parked cars and pedestrians as you pass the village hall. There may be a Sunday Market and people will be crossing the road and opening car doors. If necessary slow down and shout ahead “Cyclists Coming!”

  • When arriving at the transition area, all competitors must dismount before crossing the blue timing line. Follow the marked chute

  • Please do not jump across bunting or tape markers

Transition 2 - Makarau Scout Camp

  • Parking at Makarau Community Hall, Burnside Road, and Burke Road. Please follow marshals directions for parking

  • No vehicles can park on Makarau Road or on the Makarau Scout Camp site

  • Support vehicles are banned on the Mountain Bike course, do not drive down Makarau Road past the Makarau Scout Camp

  • Please respect the competitors on the course.

Timing

  • Saturday 5:00 PM, and 5unday 5:00 AM Transition opens for competitors to drop their Mountain Bikes off. This is highly advisable. Officials will be on site overnight for security

  • 8:35 AM First Road Cyclists will begin to arrive

Mountain Bike 25 km

Turn right into Makarau Road, left into Tahekeroa Road, right into Upper Waiwera Road, left into Noakes Hill Road, right into Krippner Road, left onto Ahuroa Road, right on Domain Road (across bridge), and right into Puhoi Park for Kayak. See the Maps

  • Road rules must be obeyed at all times. At no time are any roads closed to the public and vehicles have right of way

  • Cyclists must stay left at all times. Do not cut corners. These are open roads and traffic will come the other way

  • Course Marshals are NOT Traffic Officers. They indicate one of the following

    • Change direction – slow down, obey road rules

    • Congested area – slow down, beware of people and traffic

  • When cycling through Puhoi Village please pay extra attention to parked cars and pedestrians as you pass the village hall. There may be a Sunday Market and people will be crossing the road and opening car doors. If necessary slow down and shout ahead “Cyclists Coming!”

  • When arriving at the transition area, all competitors must dismount before crossing the blue timing line. Follow the marked chute

  • Please do not jump across bunting or tape markers

Transition 3 - Puhoi Park

  • Parking is in and around Puhoi Village, please follow marshals directions

  • No vehicles will be allowed to enter Puhoi Park after 9:15 AM, after this Kayaks will need to be carried in

Timing

  • Saturday 5:00 PM, and 5unday 5:00 AM Transition opens for competitors to drop their Kayaks. This is highly advisable. Officials will be on site overnight for security

  • 9:00 AM No vehicles will be allowed to enter Puhoi Park. After this time Kayaks will need to be carried in

  • 9:30 AM First Mountain Bikes will begin to arrive

Kayak 8 km

Kayak start chute is at the rear of the park, paddle East down river towards Wenderholm Regional Park. Beach your Kayak to left of boat ramp, marshals will be on hand to help you out, and then run 150 m through the park inside the bunting chute to the large Finish line banner. See the Maps

  • Puhoi River will be patrolled but it is impossible to be everywhere at once. Please assist fellow competitors if required

  • Your final time is recorded when you cross the blue timing line

Finish Line and Prizegiving - Wenderholm Regional Park

  • No dogs are allowed at Wenderholm Regional Park, not even in your vehicle

  • The timing marshals (by the blue timing mats) cannot answer questions during the race

  • Race packs and t-shirts are to be collected at the end of the race at Wenderholm in exchange for your race number bib

  • Due to restrictions beyond our control there will be no food on sale this year. Please bring a picnic! There will be a coffee truck on site however

  • Please ensure your support crew remove your Kayak to your vehicle immediately when you finish. There is limited space to store Kayaks

  • Prizegiving will take place at 1:00 PM, apologies for those competitors who may still be out on the course

Timing

  • 6:00 AM Gates open at Wenderholm Regional Park

  • 10:00 AM First Kayakers will begin to arrive




Graeme Hounsell

Race Director



Safety Notes

  • If you are at the scene of any accident please give assistance as required and relay a message of help via the next competitor

  • Important! If you withdraw from the race please notify the nearest marshal of your number and hand in your bid

Time Saving Ideas

  • Drop off your Kayak and Mountain Bike at transition areas before the race

  • Important! If the competitors you are supporting fail to arrive at a transition area, please notify the transition marshal of their number and location

Important Points to be Observed

  1. THERE IS NO PARKING AT THE START! Support crew must drop off their runner, but must then immediately leave, there is no parking. Please return to Transition 1

  2. Transition 1 Parking only on sealed part of Rimmer Road, outside the Forest gates facing East and down towards State Highway 16

  3. Only one supporter may assist in each transition area

  4. Please observe all road rules. Take extreme care at all intersections

  5. Support vehicles are banned on the Mountain Bike course, do not drive down Makarau Road past the Makarau Scout Camp in the interests of safety. Travel via Silverdale or Orewa to Puhoi

  6. Kayak access is limited, patience may be required

  7. All paddlers must wear a buoyancy vest or life jacket

  8. Puhoi River will be patrolled but it is impossible to be everywhere at once. Please assist fellow competitors if required

  9. Kayakers must run through the marked course in Wenderholm Park to Finish

  10. Your race number must be clearly displayed at each transition. If it is not visible you will not have a recorded time

  11. It is your responsibility to ensure that your number is recorded

  12. Prize giving will be held at around 1:00 PM. Any competitor still on the course will have their numbers included in the drawing of spot prizes

Support Crew Briefing

  1. Familiarise yourself with the above Transition Maps

  2. The success of the event is with you the support crews
    Rule No 1 – courtesy to all competitors not just your own entrants

  3. When exiting parking area give way to cyclists and incoming forestry traffic, faze into the left lane clear of cyclists

  4. Drive from Road Cycle Transition to Mountain Bike Transition takes approximately 30 minutes, travelling withing speed limits. Do not speed, Traffic Police are in attendance

  5. Park at Mountain Bike Transition as per map 2 or as directed

  6. SUPPORT VEHICLES ARE BANNED ON MOUNTAIN BIKE COURSE
    This is a rough gravel road. Be fair to your competitor and give them a fair go. The following route is the quickest: Exit car park, return down Makarau Road to SH16 travel via Kaukapakapa, Kahikatea Flat Road and Pine Valley Road. Take Motor way extension north to avoid Silverdale and Orewa. Travel past Wenderholm Regional Park to Puhoi turn off on the left. This drive takes approximately 45 to 50 minutes
    DO NOT PANIC – a better than average mountain biker will take 55 minutes to ride the course

  7. At Puhoi, after 9 AM vehicles must not cross over the bridge opposite the pub, to avoid congestion with Mountain Bikes. If kayaks need to be carried to rear of the park it is best to drop these off before the race starts. Kayak transition will be manned from 5:30 AM
    CARS MUST NOT DRIVE ON THE GRASS

  8. WENDERHOLM REGIONAL PARK
    Obey Park speed restrictions please
    DO NOT block access to the boat ramp and respect public rights to use the Park. Assist to clear your competitors kayak from the landing area as quickly as possible

NO DOGS ALLOWED WITHIN THE PARK

Transition Maps

Forest Run 10 km

Beach start – Rimmers Road, Woodhill Forest, to Coast Road, left into Mission Road, left into Selwyn Road, right into Rimmers Road – Cycle transition at Rimmers Road entrance car park

Road Cycle30km

Rimmers Road, left onto State Highway 16, right at roundabout into Helensville, and on through to Kaukapakapa Village, north past Kaipara Lookout before descending and right into the Makarau Valley for the Mountain Bike

Mountain Bike 25km

From transition turn right into Makarau Road, left into Tahekeroa Road, right into Upper Waiwera Road, left into Noakes Hill Road, right into Krippner Road, downhill to Puhoi Park for Kayak transition

Kayak 8km

Kayak start chute at rear of park, paddle down river to Wenderholm Regional Park, beaching kayaks to left of boat ramp, and run 150 m through park to Beach Finish Banner