The Dual 11 Apr ’12
Posted by: Steve Dickens
The “Dual” is a great event that allows you to experience the hills, rocks and water of a couple of well know Auckland Islands, Rangitoto and Motutapu. We had heard from people who had done this before that it was tough so we thought we’d give it a go.
On top of the rigorous training in the months leading up to the event, pre event hydration and carbo-loading on Friday lunchtime before was a must and can be seen below:
We had three mountain bikers in the 50km long ride and one runner in the 21/km trail half marathon
Once on the islands after a very pleasant scenic ferry ride, pre start checks were carried out and last minute food, drink, sunscreen application and banana hiding took place.
The 21km half marathon – entirely off-road loop course, and includes contrasting sections on gravel road, single track (forest & volcanic / lava sections), and wide flowing grass track and trails. The total ascent (ie. vertical metres gained) over the course is 553 metres. Jacob finished in a very impressive 2hrs 15m and only had a few minor blisters at the finish line.
The 50km Mountain Bike – includes contrasting sections on the following terrain; gravel road, single track (forest & volcanic / lava sections), and wide flowing grass track and trails. The total ascent (ie. vertical metres gained) over the course is 1334 metres. Nick, Stuart and Steve all finished between 3hrs 25m and 4hrs 20m. Event adventures included brake failure/roadside repairs on Rangitoto Volcano, muscle cramps, pushing bikes up ridiculously steep hills, cycling off tracks into ditches and walking though streams.
Some event photos below show the touch terrain and beautiful country, plus the WhereScape’s finest athletes making light of another tough event
The finish line was a welcome sight, especially when you had pushed your bike as far as a few of us.
Hot debate continued long into the afternoon over a few refreshing beers about whether a 21km cross country half marathon was more challenging than a 50km cross country mountain bike. Jacob’s comment of “How hard can cycling be ? you’re sitting down” didn’t go down too well with the rather fatigued old timer cyclists. The beers kept flowing all afternoon (we even helped fundraise for the restoration an old building on Motutapu by consuming beer!) and on the ferry home.
A great day and we will be back next year in greater numbers and will also stay on later into the evening for the accoustic concert.
Well done guys……