The NZ C2C Course
The course consists of a mixture of running, cycling and kayaking. In 2014 the total distance was 243 km which is broken down into the following stages:
- Stage 1: 3km run and 55km cycle.
- Stage 2: 33km mountain run, vertical change: 800m up the Deception river bed, and 600m down the Mingha river bed.
- Stage 3: 15km cycle and 67km kayak (down the Waimakariri gorge)
- Stage 4: 70km cycle, across the relatively flat plains back to Christchurch.
The winner in 2013 completed this in just over 11 hours. The slowest (and maximum allowed) time is 18 hours. We're hoping to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack, around 15 hours would be just fantastic.
Here's the official blurb from the race website:
The Speight's Coast to Coast traverses the South Island of New Zealand from Kumara Beach on the Tasman Sea to Sumner Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Over either two days (individuals, two person or three person teams) or the one-day event (individuals only), competitors cycle 140 km (three stages of 55km, 15 km and 70 km), run 36 km (including a 33 km mountain stage that crosses the Southern Alps) and kayak 67kms of the grade two Waimakariri River through the Grand Canyon of New Zealand, the Waimakariri Gorge.
Detailed Route Map
Distance Comparison Maps