For safety reasons this year the Mito Q K2 and Cervelo K1 races will have staggered starts. This is to help reduce the build up of large bunches.
- The Mito Q K2 will start with 14 groups of 60 ( Groups 1 and 2 - maximum of 50 riders)
- The Cervelo K1 will start with 10 groups of 60
- The NBC (Nicholas Browne Challenge) will start with 2 groups of 60
For Group 1 and 2 of the Mito Q K2 you will need to have achieved a certain time at previous Mito Q K2 or Taupo to qualify (see below). This is to ensure a matching of ability.
To help you choose the right group we have provided a comparison of the Mito Q K2 times versus Taupo below.
The starting groups will be as follows:
Mito Q K2 GROUPS FOR 2018
|Group||Number||Time||2017 Finishers||Taupo Equivalent|
|Group 1||50||Under 5:40||4%||Under 4:10|
|Group 4||60||6:00- 6:09||6%|
|Group 5/6||120||6:10-6:19||8%||4:30 Plus|
||60||6:40-6:49||6%||5 Hours Plus|
|Group 12||60||7:00-8:00||24%||5 :30 Plus|
|Group 13||60||8-9 Hours||11%||6 hours Plus|
|Group 14 (6.00am start)
||30||> 9 hours||5%|
- Group 1 under 3 hours
- Group 2 3:00 and 3:09
- Group 3 3:10 and 3:19
- Group 4 3:20 and 3:29
- Group 5 3:30 and 3:39
- Group 6 3:40 and 3:49
- Group 7 3:50 and 3:59
- Group 8 4:00 and 4:15
- Group 9 4:16 and 4:30
- Group 10 Over 4:30
NICHOLAS BROWNE CHALLENGE
- Group 1 - (riders expecting to finish in under 2 hours)
- Group 2 - (riders expecting to finish in over 2 hours)
- Electric Bike Category - starts first
All riders in the same group will be given the same starting time and results will be based on gun time from that starting time. So for example Group 1 in the Mito Q K2 - riders will be given a start time of 8:00am with results based on gun time from 8:00 (not elapsed time). Group 2 results will be based on gun time from 8:04.
FIRST AID STATIONS
This years Mito Q K2 will have the following aid stations around the course.
- Aid Station 1 - 2/3rds of the way up Pumpkin Hill
- Aid Station 2 - 3/4 of the way up Kuaotunu Hill
- Aid Station 3 - Top of the Whangapoua Hill
- Aid Station 4 - Kereta Hill - On 2nd incline
The bottles will be filled with electrolytes or water. Each aid station will have 4 people handing out bottles to riders. The first two in in the line will hand out electrolytes the others will hand out plain water. Riders will also be able to stop and help themselves to fluids and jelly beans and bananas.
There will also be an aid station near the halfway mark on Buffalo Road, just as you leave Whitianga. Riders can have food parcels delivered here to the half way point (not 6.00am starters). You need to drop them off at the start area and we will drive them round. They should be clearly marked. Both of these aid stations require you to stop. Please note bags will not be returned, so please ensure they are disposable.
Under no circumstances are support people allowed to hand out food to riders along the course. Support crew are not allowed to follow riders around the course. This is for safety reasons.
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT POLICY
Please click here to view the Mito Q K2 Traffic Management Policy
If you have any complaints regarding any aspect of the Mito Q K2 please email Andy Reid at email@example.com
Please click here to view the Mito Q K2 Race Rules and Rules of Road Cycling Etiquette.
The specific detailed race rules for each event will be posted closer to the event.
Bus tickets must be pre-ordered and paid for.
Click HERE to buy them
Bus arrangements for the K1, Dirty K and Nicholas Browne Challenge are as follows:
Departs from Thames at 9.00am on Saturday morning and will go to Whitianga, via Coromandel - arrives in Whitianga at around 11.00am
Cost is $25 per person - no bikes - Bikes will need to be left at Whitianga Registration (secure location provided) beforehand.
NICHOLAS BROWNE CHALLENGE
Departs from Thames at 7.30am on Saturday morning and will arrive in Coromandel at 8.30am
Cost is $20 per person - no bikes - Bikes will need to be left at the Coromandel Registration (secure location provided) beforehand.
We strongly recommend that if you intend staying on the Coromandel Peninsula, either on the Friday night or Saturday night, that you book your accommodation as soon as possible.
For accommodation options and information about the region, you can visit www.thecoromandel.com, or contact one of the following I-sites:
- Coromandel - 07-866-8598
- Thames - 07-868-7284
- Tairua - 07-864-7575
- Whitianga - 07-866-5555