DIRTBAG PACKAGE DETAILS
Below you will find all the details you need to know about being on the Dirtbag package.
All the riders will be arriving at Castle Hill Village (Village Green - Community Hall) at Craigeburn the afternoon of Saturday Feb 27th. Registration will be there from 1pm - 5.30pm.
There is a MANDATORY rider briefing at Alistair Lodge at Approx 7.30pm. See map to Lodge at registration. You can not drive up to lodge, but park in Castle Hill or at bottom of Hogs Trail and bike or walk up
Feb 27th and 28th we will be racing in the Craigieburn area. The only option for accommodation in this area for you guys is to camp at the Craigieburn Campground, no showers and very basic set up or to book a house at Castle Hill where half our team will also be staying and is our venue hub. Use this site "Castle Hill Village Holiday Houses " to find the best option on rental houses.
March 1st to 5th the event will be based out of Pinewood Lodge in Queenstown. So you can try and book a place there if they have anything left. But if you are in a camper van or tenting, then there is Top 10 campground down the road and the main Queenstown campground about 500m's away closer to the base of the Gondola.
Dirtbag package doesn't include any shuttles or transport to the start of the race location each day, but we will help you out on day 1. Park your vehicle at Castle Hill village and meet at the Community Hall Tennis Court area for shuttles. We will shuttle you to the start from there and you will finish back at Castle Hill at the end of the day. Todays course starts with a 10 mins shuttle up the road and finishes at Castle Hill Village.
There are a bit more logistics involved today. So best option is to team up with others on the Self Support Package and drop at car at Hogs Back parking lot on Cheeseman Road (called Texas Flats), then drive to Craigieburn Ski Road (where you started on day 1) and start race from there. The days course will finish at Forest Lodge on Cheeseman road. YOU CAN NOT PARK THERE, there is no space and all our event vehicles will be there that can't get blocked in! From there you ride down the road to Texas Flat to your car and go retrieve car from start. Then head to Queenstown.
Coronet (15mins from Queenstown): Today you will work with others on the dirtbag package to do a vehicle retrieval at end of day. It's a pretty easy retrieval but will take about 15mins. Drop a vehicle at the bottom of Coronet Ski Road, and car pool to top - Starting at Coronet Peak Lodge. You will finish back down at the bottom where your vehicle is and quick bump back to the top to grab your vehicle from the start.
Day trip to Alexandra (1hr 15mins each way): We start up in the hills and finish in town and will be about a 20mins round trip to go grab your vehicle at the end of the day. So pair up and leave one vehicle in town at Montheith's pub
Day trip to Cardrona Bike Park (1hr drive each way). We start up at the bike park where the lifts are and finish down at the valley bottom, so you will need to work out retrieving your vehicle from the top at the end of the day. So pair up with others on the dirtbag package to leave one of your vehicles at the bottom and go up to the start together
We finish and start at Pinewood Lodge - so this is an easy day!.
REMEMBER - you all get dinner on the final night at Brazz Restaurant and you also get lunches each day so don't be shy to grab some at the finish line!