The Long Way Around
Long Way Around Adventure Ride is back! 6th-7th APRIL 2019!
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Entries are now OPEN - limited spaces available!
Entries close 10pm Sunday 24th March
The Long Way Around for 2019 is back again with another exciting route planned, with approximately 25% covering new areas! This adventure ride event is a GPS navigated adventure ride, taking riders approximately 700km in 2 days, the long way around Lake Taupo, including offshoots onto private farmland and forestry roads and tracks you may never have had the opportunity to explore before.
On both days, the main route will be made up of a real mix of winding back country roads, gravel roads, and reasonably well formed off-road tracks through farms & forestry. Riders taking the challenge sections may expect steeper tracks and slippery areas and will be more of a challenge if wet!
On the Saturday night riders will be welcomed at a rustic and charming private lodge for the night, to relax at the bar and enjoy a delicious, well-deserved buffet dinner. A social evening where everyone can share their stories , and some lucky prizes will be given out. Sunday morning starts with a hearty breakfast before setting off on day 2 of the adventure, which is shorter than Saturdays route, to allow riders to get back into Taupo at a reasonable hour in the afternoon!
The Long Way Around is suitable for road registered dual purpose motorcycles, from the 250’s to the 1200’s. Pillions are welcome!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Long Way Around will take you on a journey through spectacularly scenic areas you may not have ridden before. Bring your camera! Depending on the weather, there may be small sections that will require a moderate level of off road rider skills, and we recommend bikes are fitted with adventure tyres. These sections may include short steeper inclines and declines, rutted areas, slippery/muddy terrain and stream crossings. There will also be optional challenge sections suitable for the competent off-road rider on enduro style bikes. Fuel stops & cafes along the route have been alerted so they will be well stocked with great food and good coffee during the days ride.
We advise groups riding together should have at least two riders with GPS (in case one gets momentarily lost). Riders must navigate the route using a GPS, this ride is no longer navigated using roll charts. It is important that at least one rider in your group is competent at using this form of navigation. Epic Events staff riders (wearing high-vis Suzuki vests and riding Suzuki bikes) will be on route to guide and give assistance where needed.
Registration – $395 per Rider, $195 per Pillion - Includes:
- Friday night registration and briefing
- 2 superb days of adventure riding through stunning Central Plateau scenery
- A well-deserved hot buffet dinner Saturday evening
- Comfortable, shared accommodation Saturday night in a private rustic lodge with a fantastic atmosphere, well-stocked bar, hot showers & all linen provided.
- Hearty buffet breakfast Sunday morning
- Lucky prizes on Saturday night
- Guides, sweep crew and support vehicle
- GPS co-ordinates
- Land Access Fees
- Free designer tee!
REGISTRATION MEET & GREET- Wairakei Resort, 640 Wairakei Rd, Taupo. Phone: 07-374 9004
Registration from 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Friday 5th April. This will be at Wairakei Resort, Taupo. A great pre-ride chance for everyone to have a catch-up and a chinwag, and ensure you are all prepared to get away early the following morning without any hitches. This will include a pre-ride briefing, where all riders must sign-on, and collect your ride packs, stickers, and The Long Way Around Tees.
Then it’s all go Saturday morning to head out and start your adventure. After a full day of fun we all meet again at a comfortable lodge with rustic charm, and a relaxed atmosphere to spend the night.
On Sunday after day 2 of the adventure, riders will arrive back in Taupo in the afternoon.
The Epic van will be available to carry bags you do not wish to take with you on your bike.
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO footage from Long Way Around:
PHOTOS - LONG WAY AROUND
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THE FIRST LONG WAY AROUND EVENT in 2012...ROUND UP...A STORY FROM GORDON...
Back in February I started riding around the Taupo area, roughly mapping out a route for Epic’s upcoming adventure ride, “The Long Way Around”. Having lived and worked in the greater Taupo area for most of my life, I had a mental map in my head of a 450km-ish route. I also knew enough farmers to gain access through their land to link dead end roads with other roads, and could use our current forest permits as well. Unfortunately I broke my foot quite badly in early May which meant I haven’t been able to drive a car or ride a bike leading up to our rides recently. This meant that Claire would drive me around calling out distances off the trip-meter while I transcribed them onto the route map. There was a bit of confusion a couple of times as Claire called out the temperature rather than the distance…scary when the reading is something like 1.9 or 2.7 especially when it’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon! Two weeks prior to the event and the challenge sections needed mapping, there’s only two people who know the route for these, one of these is Mark Delatour, but he was over in Europe doing Romaniacs, and the other was me. Out came the tin snips and I cut off my cast and prepared to head off the next morning. Mark actually arrived home that night ( after 18 hours on a plane ) and rang to see how things were going, I told him my plans and he arrived at my place at 7 am next morning ready to go, saying he was still on Europe time anyway!
The Long Way Around Event began with a meet and greet followed by a briefing on Friday night. There were a couple of oohs and aahs when I told everyone it was 474 kilometres and they’d have to be away around 7am to finish in the daylight, after all, it’s called The Long Way Around, not The Easy Way Around or The Cruisy Way Around. Five degrees of frost greeted everyone on Saturday morning so a cup of hot chocolate at the 50 km mark was really appreciated. I rode around most of the route via shortcuts unlocking gates in the morning, and despite the cold, it was a stunning day for all to be on a bike. Everyone was back in before 6.30pm, tired out, albeit a tad chilly, but wearing a satisfied, proud bikers grin! The buffet dinner back in Taupo was delicious and the day was dissected by all. A couple of yarns came out, one particular rider on a 1981 DR400 was passing a group of riders from the South Island when his tail bag burst, leaving a trail of Museli bars, drinks, nuts and raisins along the way…was this to benefit those behind who couldn’t navigate? We’ve learned a heck of a lot, and had some real fun, with Epic’s first foray into organising an adventure ride and can assure you it won’t be our last.
By glenthewelder1| 1video
All new 2012 Epic Event is a partly guided, plus roll charted/GPS ride, circumnavigating Lake Taupo, taking riders up to 450km the long way around the lake, including offshoots onto private farmland and forestry roads and tracks you have never had the opportunity to explore before.
The Long Way Around is suitable for road registered dual purpose motorcycles, from the 250’s to the 1200’s! Knobblys not compulsory for the main route. Pillions are welcome! Bring your partners along to enjoy the adventure!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Long Way Around consists of a 60% sealed, 30% gravel and 10% off-road (tracked) route. It will take you on a journey through some spectacular scenic areas you will not have taken before. Bring your camera! Most of the ride is more scenic than challenging, however, depending on the weather, there are small sections that will require a moderate level of off road rider skills. Some of the terrain may include short sections of steeper inclines and declines, rutted sections, slippery/muddy terrain and stream crossings. There will also be 3-4 optional challenge sections suitable for the smaller enduro type bikes, fitted with knobblys, for the more competent off-road rider. Cafes along the route have been alerted so they will be well stocked with great food and good coffee!
It is advised that groups riding together should have at least two riders with navigation information (in case one gets momentarily lost). Riders must navigate the route using either a GPS or a roll chart. It is important that at least one of you in your group is competent at using one of these forms of navigation. Epic Events staff riders (wearing high-vis Suzuki vests and riding Suzuki bikes) will be on the route to guide and give assistance where needed.
- A superb long day of adventure riding through stunning Central Plateau scenery
- Registration and briefing
- 2012 Long Way Around badge and stickers
- Guides, sweep crew and support vehicle
- Roll charts/GPS co-ordinates
- Land Access Fees
- A well-deserved hearty and delicious, Buffet Dinner
Check out The Long Way Around designed tees on the order form! And if your partner wishes to come to Taupo for the weekend, but not partake in the adventure, they are still able to book in for the Saturday night buffet dinner only.
Registration and Meet & Greet:
This will be at the Suncourt Hotel, 14 Northcroft St, Taupo. A great pre-ride chance for everyone to have a catchup and a chinwag, and ensure you are all prepared to get away early the following morning without any hitches. This will include a pre-ride briefing, where all riders must sign-on, collect your roll-charts, badges, stickers, and The Long Way Around designed Tees (pre-order). Then it’s all go Saturday morning to head out and start your adventure. After a full day of fun we will meet again back at the Suncourt on Saturday evening for a delicious buffet dinner.
As an Epic Events Long Way Around participant, book your accommodation at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupo by calling 07 378 8265 where they will give you a great weekend deal, and there is plenty of secure parking for your bike too.
SUNCOURT HOTEL: 14 Northcroft St, Taupo
Special Epic Event B&B rates and a variety of accommodation choices available.
Safe and Secure parking for your motorbikes
Visit www.suncourt.co.nz or phone 0800 SUNCOURT or 07 3788265
Tees - $35- order when you enter online!
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