The Mount Isobel Challenge is an annual mountain duathlon which takes place in the picturesque village of Hanmer Springs, 130km NW of Christchurch.
The race is organized by Hanmer Springs Multi-Sport Club as a community fund raiser, and involves an 8km, 1000m ascent mountain-run and a mountain bike ride of approx 22 km, which can be done as two person team or as an individual.
Entries: must be on the official entry form and received prior to the closing date of 22nd May 2013. Please allow 2 days for the post to reach Hanmer Springs
Entry fee: $50 per person.
Entry on the day: only if the race does not fill prior to the closing date. There will be a $20 surcharge for this. Please ring or email to check availability.
Refunds will be given up to the closing date of 22ndMay, minus $10 admin fee. No refunds will be given after this date.
Confirmation of entry: All entries will be confirmed by email.
Registration: at the Hanmer Springs Domain, Jacks Pass Rd, and will be signposted from the main road, on Friday 7.30pm – 9pm, and Saturday 7.15am –9.15am. All competitors must sign a risk disclosure form; therefore it is important that both team members register. NB If you register it will be assumed you will start the race. This is an important safety issue. Please do not register and then not start the race.
Race brief will take place on the netball courts at the Domain at 9.30 am. All competitors must be present at this.
Start time : shortly after the race brief, at approximately 9.45am
Prizes: awarded in each class at the Sports Pavilion, at approx. 2.45pm, or once all competitors have finished.
Extreme weather conditions: i.e. strong winds or snow may mean it is unsafe to run the race on the planned route. The organisers reserve the right to alter the course at short notice, or withhold entry fees and offer an alternative date.
Road Closures: NO ROADS ARE OFFICIALLY CLOSED - RIDE AS IF OTHERS ARE ON THE ROAD.
Cut off Time: enforced at Jollies Pass Rd / McIntrye Rd junction. Time to be confirmed at the race brief, (probably 2pm)
Run (8 km / 1000m ascent) From the Domain, up Clarence Valley Rd to Pawsons Rd where the Mt Isobel track is followed to the summit. Return along the ridge to follow the poled route to the transition at Jacks Pass.
Bike (approx 22 km) Down Clarence Valley Rd, turn right onto Clarence River Rd, then turn right up Jollies Pass Rd. After ½ km approx, turn left onto the pylon track (Groan Hill) and follow this to regain Jollies Pass Rd, which is followed to the top and all the way down to turn right into McIntyre Rd. You then turn left on Jolliffe Rd, right onto Pawson Rd, and left on Clarence Valley Rd to finish back at the Domain
Transition on Jacks Pass. Due to increasing congestion at the transition, and problems with parking of vehicles and rider safety, individual competitors will not be allowed a support crew at the transition during the race. Please respect this ruling and help us to make the race safer for all competitors. Full details of the layout will be in your race pack.
Bike stands and marshals will be on Jacks Pass from 7.30 am to allow individual competitors to position their bikes, helmets and other gear before attending the race brief. This will be done in numerical order and bike numbers must be on bikes prior to this. We strongly suggest you register on Friday evening to allow time for this, and suggest you allow at least one hour in order positioning of your bike on the Saturday morning. Once you reach the top of Jacks Pass please park as directed on the Hanmer side of the pass, and leave the area as soon as you have positioned your bike. Remember this is a narrow road and there will be a lot of traffic using it on the morning of the race.
will be allowed one vehicle to go to the transition, and as far as possible this should only contain the biker for that team. No team vehicle should go to
the transition until after the race brief, when there will be approx 15 minutes before the runners start, thereafter vehicles will only be allowed on the
road once it is clear of runners. Please combine transport as much as possible. Please be patient and obey the marshals instructions.
Spectators will not be allowed to go up to the transition. There are many other places where you can watch the race without causing any congestion.