We took you to Whangamomona last year, and we were stoked to team up with the locals and our friends at Lazer to show off one of our favourite places to ride. This year, we're back with a new, even more, remote route and a whole new format.
Welcome to our officially-unofficial ride! Teams of two, no marshals and good vibes. 80ish-km's, 1,200ish-m's elevation and you'll travel across trails, gravel and road.
Together with your teammate, you'll sign in before departing Whangamomona and venturing into the depths of the wilderness along our remote, rugged route. You'll be on your own most of the way, but we'll make sure you've got a GPX file and that the course is marked at key points. We'll have a bake sale on course so you can refuel and rehydrate. Once you've made it to the finish line with your teammate, sign in so we can work out your officially-unofficial time and get amongst our after-party. To officially finish, we'll have a couple of tasks on course you'll need to carry out so make sure you knock 'em out!
The best part of our officially-unofficial ride? It's free! First place takes bragging rights, but we'll have spot prizes for the best-dressed, best-team name, the best tale from the ride and whatever other categories we dream up between now and then.
The after-party? Tickets are $60 per team. Your $60 earns you and your buddy an exclusive Swag Bag brought to you by us and our partners, a bite to eat and something to wash it down with, a Republic of Whangamomona passport and of course, entry to our after-party!
Wanna come? Book-entry in our officially-unofficial ride here, and then book your spot at our after-party below. You'll be travelling all the way into Whangamomona so might as well hang around right?
Presenting Partner: Lazer Sports
Partnered by: Kona Bicycles
Whangamomona is pretty remote, but there are plenty of accommodation options in and around the township. We've done some of the hard work for you and put together a list of the places we recommend, but if none of them is quite you, feel free to seek out some of the other places in the region. Stratford is also only an hours drive away. If you want to stay in Whangamomona, though, we recommend the following:
Whangamomona Camp Ground: With powered and un-powered tent sites available, plus newly renovated kitchen and shower blocks, the Whangamomona Camp Ground is the perfect place to set up camp for your weekend in Whangamomona, and is less than a two-minute ride from our start line and Dirty Detours headquarters. Find out more here.
Whangamomona Hotel: The iconic Whangamomona Hotel, located right in the middle of town, offers accommodation right in the heart of Whangamomona. Explore the area on our ride, get amongst it at our after party, then head over to the hotel to watch the local band playing in the pub before retreating to your room for the night. Find out more about the hotel here.
Whangamomona Butcher Shop: The Butcher Shop is a historic building rich in history and character. based on the main street of Whangamomona. We acquired the building 5+ years ago and have extensively renovated the property to the current cosy and comfortable cottage it is. Find out more here.
3 Bullocks: Located less than a twenty-minute drive from Whangamomona, 3 Bullocks offers multiple accommodation options on a picturesque rural country property. Reach out and chat to your hosts, Debb and Kerry, and they can run you through your options. Find out more here.
Mill House: Located less than a twenty-minute drive from Whangamomona, four-bedroom/one bathroom home that comfortably sleeps eight. Whether you are travelling through or looking to get away, Mill House can provide you with tranquillity and relaxation.Find out more about Mill House here.
Te Wera Lodge: Thirty minutes from Whangamomona, escape into the backcountry at Te Wera Lodge after your ride and take in the stunning countryside. Find out more about Te Wera here.
Bushlands Campground: Located forty minutes from Whangamomona the Bushlands Campground, offering a paradisiacal setting. This spot is very peaceful and definitely ‘away from it all’. Offering powered and non-powered sites, as well as the freshly refurbished rustic cabins. Find out more about Bushlands Campground here.
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