Hawkes Bay Technologies Gentle Annie Bike Ride
2019 Event Date - Saturday 23 March 2019
Early Bird entry: $70 ( includes race pack, free meal at Roosters, free Roosters pint of beer or ginger beer, and a commemorative finishers glass)
Standard entry 1 October to 1 March: $90
Late entry after 1 March: $110
Transport option of $30 from Hastings to Taihape on the morning of the race- includes bike transport.
TBC: Return Transport to Taihape after Prizegiving $30 - includes bike transport.
Online Entries close midnight Thursday 20st March.
Entries are limited to the first 500 people.
Gentle Annie FAQ's
How long will the event take me?
Although it is about 30km shorter than around Taupo, it is also a lot hillier and the bunches are smaller. Most people complete the Gentle Annie in a time slightly longer than their Round the lake Taupo time
Are supporters vehicles allowed on the course?
No. The course is closed to supporter traffic to help ensure a safer ride for riders. If you have somebody that is dropping you off in Taihape and then travelling back to Napier, they will need to leave before the race starts and drive directly through to the finish ahead of the race.
It sounds like an event for only really fit fast people?
The Gentle Annie is a tough testing ride, but one that anyone can complete with some preparation. We've had some very fast people in the past, but also some real beginners too, and they came back to do it again, so it can't be too bad!
What if I'm a really slow rider?
If you think that you will take more than 6 hours and don't want to miss the prize giving, then we will start a group at 9:30am. You will be able to request a 9:30am start when you enter and up until a week before event day. We will have ambassador riders and a Grupetto
There will be a sag wagon that stays behind the last rider no-matter-what.
I hear the hills are really big - do I need special gearing on my bike?
If you have standard chain rings you will probably want a cluster that goes down to 28T sprocket on the back. If you have compact gearing you should be able to manage with a 25T
What weather can I expect?
We reckon we have picked the best time of year for this event but the course does climb to nearly 1000m. So it could be hot, sunny and nice, or cold, raining and windy....
What time is the race start?
Where is the start?
Taihape Memorial Park, Kokako St, Taihape
Where is the finish?
135km after the start, outside Roosters Brewery on Omahu Road in Hastings
Where should I stay?
Accomodation guide here: http://www.hawkesbaynz.com/ or for Taihape accomodation go to http://www.taihape.co.nz/ or http://www.rangitikei.com/
How do I get to the start line?
If you are organising your own transport, it takes approximately 2hr30min to drive the length of the course.
I've booked the transport option, when does the bus leave?
Bikes need to be dropped off at registration from 4-6pm Friday 22 March 2018 and will be available for collection when the bus arrives in Taihape.
The reporting time for the bus is 6:30am at Roosters Brewery. Departure is 6:45am sharp. The bus should arrive in Taihape about 60 minutes prior to race start.
Where is registration?
Roosters Brewery - Omahu Road Hastings or Memorial Park Taihape
When is registration?
Registration will be from 4-6pm on Friday 22 March 2018at Roosters Brewery - Omahu Road Hastings or Memorial Park Taihape. This is also when you drop your bike off if you have selected the transport option.
How long has the event been going for?
The Road was fully sealed in 2011 and Ramblers have raced over it six times since then.
How to I stay up to date with information about The Gentle Annie?
Where possible, all information will be on our website www.gentleannieride.co.nz
We recommend that you also Like our facebook page as updates will be posted there www.facebook.com/gentleannieride
What support is provided?
In addition to a Lead vehicle and Tail-End-Charlie there will be serveral support vehicles
The course is over a remote area with no cell phone coverage for the first 100km so we will have additional vehicles with trained nurses and access to satellite phones spread over the route.
A St Johns Ambulance will be in attendance and will follow the race from Taihape through to the finish.
All support vehicles will carry first aid kits and spare water bottles.
Riders are welcome to leave spare wheels in these vehicles at the start.
There will be two drink stations along the way
Please note that for safety reasons we are actively discouraging private support vehicles on the course. We strongly encourage all riders leaving from Hawkes Bay to use our transport option - it's the easiest & cheapest way to get to the start line.
Any vehicles that plan to travel from Taihape to Omahu on the day of the race must leave before the race starts at 10:30am.
Who is the event organiser?
The Ramblers Club organizes the event.
Who do I contact if I have any further questions?