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The Con­tact Epic is not just New Zealand’s long­est and most scenic sin­gle-day event but is also its most unique. Mem­o­rable and ad­dic­tive, the sense of ca­ma­raderie sur­round­ing this event draws com­peti­tors back year after year.

This is a once-a-year op­por­tu­nity, sched­uled for April 14, to test your­self cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the shores of Lake Hawea next to the South­ern Alps. No com­pul­sory bike checks or gear lists means you are ex­pected to buy into the tra­di­tional Kiwi value of self- re­spon­si­bil­ity to get over this re­mote ter­rain to the fin­ish line (which is gen­uinely in­side the gar­den bar of the Hawea Ho­tel!) Take in the hos­pi­tal­ity of the back coun­try sta­tion 35km from the fin­ish with tea and scones, pic­nic at the head and take jaw-drop­ping photos or pit your­self against New Zealand’s top cross-coun­try moun­tain bik­ers and race for cash.

Ev­ery rider with a sense of ad­ven­ture can complete the epic chal­lenge with race dis­tances in­clud­ing 35km, 95km, 125km and New Zealand’s only 100 miler (160km). All-in­clu­sive ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­ages are avail­able on­line.

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