NZ Cycling Journal Presents Dirty K

The K2 has a long history of being one of the hardest one-day road races in New Zealand. We want to uphold the history that this event has, as being an honest day out, by offering another (dirty) event option for the new wave of gravel riders coming through - and to be frank, anyone that wants a tough challenge and a bloody good time.

Dirty K is a long loop of tarseal and gravel around some of the most picturesque areas of the Coromandel.  We have unashamedly stolen a concept from our Enduro mates – the finishing times aren’t based on the overall loop time, but rather four timed stages throughout the ride. We aim to have a fun and relaxed atmosphere and really want to celebrate cycling. There’ll be as much emphasis on the post-ride party as the ride. Expect good swag, great food, filthy gears and killer beers!

The course is demanding (1,400 meters of climbing in 72 kilometers) but whilst this is challenging it’s definitely achievable. For the first event we’ve linked together some of the best roads in quiet and quaint northern Coromandel. The course features a mixture of surfaces (smooth tarseal, rough chipseal, gravel and hard-packed dirt) with two main climbs, valleys, coastal sections and a few gnarly descents.

Stage 1: Torehina Heights > Colville Road - 2km Climb 130m

Stage 2: Port Charles Road - 1.7km Climb 113m

Stage 3: Waikawau Beach Road - 5.5km Time Trial 0m

Stage 4: Kennedy Bay Road - 4km Climb 364m


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