Karapoti Classic 48km race

The Karapoti Classic is New Zealands most epic mountainbike race, and takes place on March 2, 2003. It is ranked by Velonews as one of the top 25 mountainbike races in the world. And for the first time in it’s 18 yr history, there will be both a unicycle class and a single speed class. The first unicycle entries are already in, but we are hoping to get a few more unicyclists for an all out assault on this race. It is the most fun race I have ever done (so far on two wheels).

The Karapoti Classic is 48km long, and starts with mad dash across the raging Akatarawa river (see below). There are three big gutbusting climbs, big gnarly rocks, river crossings, wheel sucking bogs, fun singletrack and lot’s of prizes at the end. On a 26’ MUni I would estimate it would take about 4 1/2 hrs if you are reasonably fit.

It would be great if we could get a few more entries, perhaps from riders across in Australia keen to come over. (It costs no more to fly Sydney-Wellington than Dunedin- Auckland) :stuck_out_tongue:

Check out their website:
Karapoti Classic

Thanks,

Ken:)

Re: Karapoti Classic 48km race

Wow, that looks fantastic, wish I could come and play!

Roger


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> The Karapoti Classic is New Zealands most epic mountainbike race, and
> takes place on March 2, 2003. It is ranked by Velonews as one of the
> top 25 mountainbike races in the world. And for the first time in it’s
> 18 yr history, there will be both a unicycle class and a single speed
> class. The first unicycle entries are already in, but we are hoping to
> get a few more unicyclists for an all out assault on this race. It is
> the most fun race I have ever done (so far on two wheels).
>
> The Karapoti Classic is 48km long, and starts with mad dash across the
> raging Akatarawa river (see below). There are three big gutbusting
> climbs, big gnarly rocks, river crossings, wheel sucking bogs, fun
> singletrack and lot’s of prizes at the end. On a 26’ MUni I would
> estimate it would take about 4 1/2 hrs if you are reasonably fit.
>
> It would be great if we could get a few more entries, perhaps from
> riders across in Australia keen to come over. (It costs no more to fly
> Sydney-Wellington than Dunedin- Auckland) :stuck_out_tongue:
>
> Check out their website:
> ‘Karapoti Classic’ (http://www.mountainbike.co.nz/karapoti/index.html)
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ken:)
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Do you think a 24" wheel would be too small? I’d love to come and join in. I probably won’t be able to though because I’ll be paying off my custom muni for a while and I’m already going to UniNats. I’ll keep it in mind though. Are you coming to UniNats?

At some stage I do plan to take a trip to Woodhill Forest to do some great northshore riding. I don’t know when though.

I’ll still keep Karapoti Classic in mind but it’s not likely,
Andrew

Re: Karapoti Classic 48km race

Oh man, would I ever LOVE to be able to come to New Zealand for that race -
it looks fantastic. Congratulations on getting “Uni-Cycles” as a category.
We’ve had good luck here with that too:

Uni-Cycles We dare you! Are any of you one-wheel wonders crazy enough to
take on the Classic? That’s right, a uni-cycle over the entire 50km! We’ll
make it worth your while!

Please get lots of photos and post so we can see how it went.

—Nathan

“GizmoDuck” <GizmoDuck.fye8z@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> The Karapoti Classic is New Zealands most epic mountainbike race, and
> takes place on March 2, 2003. It is ranked by Velonews as one of the
> top 25 mountainbike races in the world. And for the first time in it’s
> 18 yr history, there will be both a unicycle class and a single speed
> class. The first unicycle entries are already in, but we are hoping to
> get a few more unicyclists for an all out assault on this race. It is
> the most fun race I have ever done (so far on two wheels).
>
> The Karapoti Classic is 48km long, and starts with mad dash across the
> raging Akatarawa river (see below). There are three big gutbusting
> climbs, big gnarly rocks, river crossings, wheel sucking bogs, fun
> singletrack and lot’s of prizes at the end. On a 26’ MUni I would
> estimate it would take about 4 1/2 hrs if you are reasonably fit.
>
> It would be great if we could get a few more entries, perhaps from
> riders across in Australia keen to come over. (It costs no more to fly
> Sydney-Wellington than Dunedin- Auckland) :stuck_out_tongue:
>
> Check out their website:
> ‘Karapoti Classic’ (http://www.mountainbike.co.nz/karapoti/index.html)

Roger and Nathan,

We’ll get lot’s of photos for sure. I guess it’s a bit far for you guys but if you ever make it down here we could show you all the best riding spots anyway.

Andrew,

A 24’ will be ideal for the big climbs (Deadwood-what your legs feel like at the top; and Dopers Hill). The middle climb (The Devils Staircase) is only rideable in the dry (it is never dry). But it is faster to push a unicycle than a bicycle. :smiley: A 24’ will allow some of the fun bits like the Rock Garden to be ridden with less grief than a 26’. However, for racing, a 26’ wouldn’t be much faster than a 24’, but 29’er would be probably be faster overall. You wouldn’t get up those hills on a 29’er but they are so steep you could probably run up them almost as fast.

If you are going to come to Woodhill sometime make sure you come to Wellington too- there is some great riding here. I’m trying to get time off work for the Oz UNinats- might see you there!

Re: Karapoti Classic 48km race

Ken, is there any chance the course would be Cokerable? If there are uphills
that are basically unrideable anyway, it’s not too much worse pushing a
Coker. Especially with a brake, pretty wild downhill sections can be done
and then fireroads are a dream.

—Nathan

“GizmoDuck” <GizmoDuck.fye8z@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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>
> The Karapoti Classic is New Zealands most epic mountainbike race, and
> takes place on March 2, 2003. It is ranked by Velonews as one of the
> top 25 mountainbike races in the world. And for the first time in it’s
> 18 yr history, there will be both a unicycle class and a single speed
> class. The first unicycle entries are already in, but we are hoping to
> get a few more unicyclists for an all out assault on this race. It is
> the most fun race I have ever done (so far on two wheels).
>
> The Karapoti Classic is 48km long, and starts with mad dash across the
> raging Akatarawa river (see below). There are three big gutbusting
> climbs, big gnarly rocks, river crossings, wheel sucking bogs, fun
> singletrack and lot’s of prizes at the end. On a 26’ MUni I would
> estimate it would take about 4 1/2 hrs if you are reasonably fit.
>
> It would be great if we could get a few more entries, perhaps from
> riders across in Australia keen to come over. (It costs no more to fly
> Sydney-Wellington than Dunedin- Auckland) :stuck_out_tongue:
>
> Check out their website:
> ‘Karapoti Classic’ (http://www.mountainbike.co.nz/karapoti/index.html)

Re: Re: Karapoti Classic 48km race

My custom coker will be ready for its first test ride tomorrow. I intend using it offroad as well as onroad. What brake setup do you have, Nathan? Would Magura hydraulics be worth considering or would standart V-brakes be adequate? I was planning on using V-brakes with an old style friction gear shifter instead of the standard brake lever. Where do you mount your brake lever/shifter? Do you have any general comments on extension handle design?

Tony

Re: Karapoti Classic 48km race

Tony, my current brake is really just for road riding - I put it on only
after doing some offroad races (which were very very hard brakeless). I have
the Odessey A-Brake http://tinyurl.com/3ra3 from unicycle.com with the “No
welding required mount”: http://tinyurl.com/3ra2 I think for serious offroad
riding you would want Maguras and a standard lever rather than the
drag-brake setup (friction gear shifter) that I have now. Others have had
trouble actually getting the setup I have to work. These are pretty cheap
parts. But mine really does work pretty well - the first test ride had over
12000’ of descending.

As for mounting, mine looks like this now: http://tinyurl.com/3ra4 except
I’ve upgraded to a wireless cyclometer since the photo. This is with the GB
handle which I really like for road riding (review coming). For the offroad
races I did, they were with a Reeder handle - there are some photos of that
in the same album with the brake mounted 2 different ways. You asked about
handles and for offroad, either on Coker or not, I think the Reeder handle
is by far my favorite.

So I guess you really want 2 different Cokers, one for road and one for
offroad, or you could put together a dual brake lever system like Bronson
did on his Terminator-cycle: http://tinyurl.com/3ra6 Look at the 3rd photo
which shows the Grip-Shift and the standard brake lever, both of which
control the same brake and can even be used simultaneously. The 7th photo
shows how the two cables are connected to the brake itself. You can read
more about this amazing unicycle made by Ed Mosimann at
http://tinyurl.com/26ny

—Nathan

“TonyMelton” <TonyMelton.g2cub@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote
> My custom coker will be ready for its first test ride tomorrow. I intend
> using it offroad as well as onroad. What brake setup do you have,
> Nathan? Would Magura hydraulics be worth considering or would standart
> V-brakes be adequate? I was planning on using V-brakes with an old style
> friction gear shifter instead of the standard brake lever. Where do you
> mount your brake lever/shifter? Do you have any general comments on
> extension handle design?

Thanks for the advice, Nathan. I’ll probably go with a standard V=-brake to start with. If it’s not strong enough for offroad then I might get Magura brakes. Peter Bier, who is also getting a Coker made by the same bike builder, might buy the other Magura brake from a pair…

:frowning: Since I don’t have a Coker I am going to be left eating your dust.

:smiley: On the other hand you are going to have a jolly interesting ride down the Rock Garden on a Coker :smiley: Hope you have a spare Coker inner tube :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Ken

P/s if any one is interested in coming for this race I’ve organised sponsorhip with our local bike shop- will pay entry fee.

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Hi Gizmo
I’m thinking of flying over for the race but I question your assesment of 4.5hrs for the race, especially given the terrain. Is it wishful thinking or based on experience?

Yeh, that puzzled me a little too. If that is actually based on experience then great work!

Andrew

4.5 hours for the race is based on the time we need to do it in to get back for the bike trials competition :slight_smile:

We are basing our estimate on the performace over the day night thriller 12 hour MTB race we did in Taupo. `The average speed for the 12 hours was 11.3km/h. The average speed for each 8km lap varied from 8km/h to 14km/h depending on rider fitness, weather, rider fatigue and light conditions.

Of couse each rider on karapoti will be doing essentially 6 back to back 8km sections so endurance is going to be much more of a factor. The only endurance rides we’ve done have been on road with an average speed of 14 km/h.

We are aiming at an average speed of 11km/h to do the race in under 4 and a half hours. I’m going for a 42km offroad ride with lots of hills next week to see how feasible that is going to be.

That’s great Gabe! The more riders we have the merrier. I live in Wellington so all the riders coming over are welcome to stay with us. Or I’d be happy to book accomodation etc if that’s what you would prefer. And I will make the local bike shop pay your entry fee if you are happy to ride for them.

email me:
kennyboy_42@hotmail.com

With regards to time needed to complete the race- 4.5hrs is what I’m aiming for. I’m basing this on the fact that on most mountainbike races (albeit shorter ones) I average about 11-13km/h with my 26’ MUni. Even on flatter/ faster mountainbike courses my time is at the most only roughly twice that of the top mountainbike finisher. The course record by the top male finisher at the Karapoti is by Kashi Leuchs at a 2hrs 20min. For women it’s an equally insane 2 hrs 47min by Kathy Lynch.

I will do a course ride within the next few weeks on my 26’ to get a better idea of time required. Even if we did the race in 6hrs we would still likely beat a few mountainbikers (there are 1000 competitors). There is also a shorter option :The Karapoti Challenge 20km, which takes in the first section of the Karapoti Classic. And as Peter mentioned, there is a trials competition at 3pm so you would need to ride in under 5hrs in order to compete in that.

Merry X’mas,

Ken :slight_smile: