Mahoenui & Ridge: 0 – 3km
The first 2km of the route will get your legs working and the blood pumping. After a flat start, the road rises gently to the entrance to Dotcom Mansion. From the gates of Dotcom Mansion, Mahoenui Valley Rd climbs towards Ridge Rd and this 600 metre long section is our very own ‘Heartbreak Hill’ – fortunately it arrives at just the right time with the legs warmed up but plenty of gas still in the tank.
Ridge to Coateville Heights: 3 – 6 km
A couple of rolling hills will take you to the right hand turn into Glenmore Road and a flat section takes you to the out-and-back on Donaldson Drive. The Aid Station at the end of Donaldson will revive your spirits and gentle uplhill to the 6km mark opposite Coatesville Heights marks the high point of the course. It is all downhill from here!
Glenmore: 6 – 8 km
It’s all downhill from the 6km mark, gentle at first but getting steeper as you draw closer to the village. On the final section of Glenmore Road, you’ll be able to hear the sound of the finish line, but keep something in reserve as you still have a little way to go.
Enter the Coatesville Pony Club Reserve with around 300 metres to go and follow the white gravel path under the shade trees. A second gate takes you into Coatesville Reserve where your finish line, medal and the cheers of the crowd await. You made it!