The fourth annual Mega Grind will start at 0700am Friday 13th November 2020 from The Government Gardens, Rotorua.
This year we have a totally new course, included will be some new MTB trails in the Whaka network before heading east via Lake Waikeremoana to take in some of the best Northern Hawke Bay gravel roads, a good example would be the infamous Cricklewood Rd from last years HBAT.
We have added gravel north of Tiniroto, and Rakauroa Rd north of Rere, a short section of highway takes riders into Matawai for well earned resupply before heading back towards the Bay Of Plenty via the Motu Rd and Pakihi Track.
The Mega is a 710km “self supported” dirt brevet, and has around 12,000 M climbing.
As in previous years, the Mega is an opportunity for experienced brevet riders to “test themselves” against the event clock, we expect riders who enter would have had previous bikepacking event experience. Events such as the Kiwi Brevet, Great Southern Brevet, TA, with a minimum requirement of completing both sister GGG events, the Classic Grind and Mini Grind.
Is it a race? The answer is yes, but it doesn’t have to be. With NO compulsory stand down periods we leave the decision with riders when they wish to rest. In previous years we have had a good mix of riders, some pushing the limits out front, while [with no cutoff time] others happy to take more time and enjoy their surroundings.
All riders MUST carry a Spot GPS tracker or similar device connected to the Maprogress tracking site, Spot devices can be hired if required. The Mega is free to enter, but Maprogress will charge a nominal fee for their tracking and hire of Spot device if riders don’t own their own. Further details under the rules tab.