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.