9 km Paddle, 30 km MTB and 10.5 km Run.

Start time and place
9:35 am on the water between the starting Buoys, Blue Lake Reserve, Tarawera Rd, Rotorua.

Teams: Male, Female, Mixed – Teams of Two or Three

The course
Share the three dares, disciplines, & dimensions to Rotorua.

Any two or three people can form a multisport team and share the three multisport stages in a teams race, matching themselves against individuals competing for New Zealand Multisport Champion crowns and age group medals.

We have not compromised anything to bring teams an unbelievable event that showcases what Rotorua has to offer in the way of off-road recreation opportunity.

Beginning on the water with a short achievable flat-water paddle, team paddlers get to paddle their preferred craft around one of the Rotorua region’s most beautiful fresh water lakes—Lake Tikitapu (the Blue Lake). Pushing off from a sandy beach paddlers will complete two 4.5km laps close to the shore around Lake Tikitapu, flanked on their journey by native bush, beautiful lakes and Whakarewarewa Forest.

Leaving the water, team paddlers hand over duties to their team mountain bike rider who will head off up the hill straight into Whakarewarewa Forest—home to some of the world’s best MTB tracks. Spoilt for selection, riders will enjoy 30 km of the most favoured purpose built tracks including some incredible sweeping downhill runs. For the more adventurous there are plenty of opportunities to get great air.

MTB – Tracks & Trails:

Starting and Finishing at the Blue Lake Reserve, Tarawera Road, Rotorua

Climb Tarawera Road – Windy Rd – Bottom/last section Eagle v Shark – Hill Rd – Frontal Labotomy  – Under Billy/Billy T – Moerangi Rd – Time Warp – Split Enz – Pondy New, Roller Coaster – Reservoir Rd – Last 1/3 of Old Chevy – Yellow Brick Rd – Sandy Skid Rd – Pondy Elevator (1st section) – Pondy Rd – Tikitapu Rd – Tangaroamihi

Exiting the forest and returning to Lake Tikitapu – team riders will hand over duties to their team runner, who will set of on a stunning 10.5km trail run. Heading clockwise around Lake Tikitapu, this course takes in the best soft trails one could possibly imagine. Competitors will run through native bush, ferns, stands of Eucalyptus and Douglas Fir on a truly amazing course that has some fantastic single track and forest trails and great opportunities for spectator viewing. The run finishes on the beautiful beach at the head of the lake. Here there will be a gala atmosphere for all to enjoy.  

Transition area location
ALL Paddle, MTB and Run Transitions at Blue Lake Reserve, Tarawera Rd, Rotorua.

Start & Finish line location
ALL events start and finish at the Blue Lake Reserve, Tarawera Rd, Rotorua.

Compulsory equipment
Paddle stage Lifejacket / buoyancy vest or PFD.

Spray skirt/deck – applies to craft with cockpit rims only.
Airbags – applies to K1 and multisport craft only.

Mtb stage Safety approved cycle helmet.

It is the team members personal responsibility to choose suitable equipment (maintained to a safe standard) & footwear. Please dress according to the activity and conditions, and carry necessary fluid and sustenance to see you comfortably through the event.

Support crew
Team mates may assist their fellow team mates in transition areas only. To keep transition areas free of congestion, support crew must stand behind the tape and wait for their competitor to arrive before entering transition.

Team Transitions
Team members may only exchange their timing transponder in transition areas.

Didymo (& all aquatic weed) cleaning of craft
Active QT works closely with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to help protect New Zealand’s lakes and waterways.  Lake Tikitapu is free of Didymo and some other aquatic weeds and pests, help us keep it this way.  All paddle craft are required to be cleaned at the cleaning facility provided by DOC at registration on Saturday 3rd June at the Holiday Inn, Rotorua or the Blue Lake Reserve on race day Sunday 4th June.  All paddle craft owners will be provided a sticker to confirm that there craft has been checked and cleaned. Thanks for your support.

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