Check in here for the latest race updates and safety briefings.
Race Update 1
Thanks for your entry into this years MitoQ K2
With only 5 weeks to go we hope your training is going well
Please check the website at www.k2cycle.co.nz and ensure we have your details correctly recorded under Entrants.
There is also an interesting new section on the website, under Training, called “Training, Nutrition and Recovery” posted by Sports Coach Paul Cadman.
Race organisation is going well, but every year we have to contend with a few issues. This year is no exception.
In the recent weather incident, there was some damage on the course close to Kuaotunu resulting in one of the bridges needing to be repaired This will be completed by Labour weekend
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Dirty K this year due to Traffic Management issues on that part of the course.
Race Update 2
One of the keys to success is in the MitoQ K2 and the Cervelo K1 is choosing the right starting group.
More people than not over estimate their ability and put themselves in a faster than optimum group. It usually ends in tears with a blow up somewhere along the course.
We have found from past experience that those cyclists who put themselves in the group that best matches their ability go onto to record their best times.
So if you have entered the event and think you may have over or less likely under estimated your time - email email@example.com and request a new group.
Don't leave it to long though as groups are filling up quickly and we print the race numbers with your name and group on 17th October
Race Update 3 - Cut Off and Early Start
For safety reasons there will be a cut-off in this years MitoQ K2. Any cyclist not reaching Coromandel ITM aid station by 4.30pm will be stopped and will not be allowed to continue. Transport will be available to take you to the finish line in Thames.
If you think that you may miss this cut-off we would recommend that you start with the early group at 6am.
Race Update 4
Is you bike ready for the K2?
To do well in the Mito Q K2 you will need to make sure that not only yourself is optimally fine-tuned, but also your bike and other equipment is event ready.
We highly recommend that you get your bike serviced for the big day, because if there are any weaknesses, they are sure to be exposed at some stage during the event.
We had a couple of gear failures last year on the steepest corner of the event, the 15km corner at the bottom of the Whangapoua Hill, it didn’t end well.
A few things to think about
- Riding on new tyres can make all the difference and significantly reduce the chance of a puncture on the day. Selecting the right tyres for the conditions can also be helpful. Have a chat to your local cycle store for advice on this.
- Brakes – these will come under a lot of pressure during the many downhills during the event. You need them to work well.
- Cleats on your shoes – are they getting a little brittle - you don’t want them snapping as your are straining up one of the many ascents
- Bearings – make sure there is no unnecessary friction – it will slow you down
- Chain and sprockets – It’s amazing how a new chain can make all the difference to how the bike runs
- Gears nicely tuned – there is nothing worse than hearing your gears clicking on not being quite right
There are many good bike shops that will give you a thorough service, but best to book in next week
- Mt Eden Cycles – Mt Eden
- KiwiVelo – North Shore
- Cyco - Kingsland
- Hot Cycles – St Heliers
- Jolly Bikes – Thames
These stores all support the MitoQ K2