Lee Valley / Wairoa Valley / Mt Heslington Circuit
This is one of our Saturday race courses. The route can be viewed on Strava here: https://www.strava.com/routes/22861847
Registration is at Start/Finish area at River Terrace Road, Brightwater:
This course includes going up Lee Valley Road and back. Then up Wairoa Gorge Road and back. And then 3 laps of the River Terrace Rd / SH6 / Robertson Road / Lord Rutherford Road / Higgins Road / Mount Heslington Road / River Terrace Road circuit. The final lap begins and ends at the finish line on River Terrace Road:
Approximate distance for all grades = 56km
(The distance up the Lee Valley and Wairoa Gorge Road is subject to change on the day due to weather and daylight conditions - as are the number of laps of Mt Heslington Circuit.)
If not being run as a handicap race, then the number of laps around Mt Heslington may change for each grade.
From the registration on River Terrace Road, the race is neutral until all riders are together.
Continue along River Terrace Road South until it becomes Lee Valley Road and continue for approximately 6km until turning at the cones and returning down the Lee Valley. It is very important to keep left on this road, especially over the crests of the hills.
After riding down the Lee Valley, turn left onto Wairoa Gorge Road and continue until you come to the cone before the start of the gravel section. Turn around the cone and come back down Wairoa Gorge Road.
At the end of Wairoa Gorge Road, turn left onto River Terrace Road, continue until crossing the finish line and to the end of River Terrace Road where the race turns left onto SH6 where there will be a marshal. You must obey the instructions of the marshal here before turning left onto SH6.
The race then continues along SH6 until turning left onto Robertson Road and then immediately bearing right onto Lord Rutherford Road South.
Continue along Lord Rutherford Road South until it becomes Higgins Road and then turn left onto Mount Heslington Road. It is very important to keep left on this road, especially over the crests of the hills near the cemetery and around the back of the circuit.
After riding down the hill at the end of Mt Heslington Road, there is a stop sign that will have a marshal. You must obey the instructions of the marshal here before turning left onto River Terrace Road.
About 800 meters along River Terrace Road, you will see the finish line. Crossing the line marks the end of the first lap. Continue the required amount of laps of Mount Heslington until the finish of the race.