It's coming up! The Mountain Bike Park's biggest event of the year - and it just keeps getting bigger!
As before, we kick things off on the Saturday with the 6Hr Bike Relay, presented by Port Nelson. With new tracks added to the Park's network, you can expect a new course - one that will enable mountain biking newbies to get safely round while allowing more experienced riders to let rip!
There'll be the usual range of categories to compete for: mens, womens and mixed teams of 2-4, schools (Intermediate & College) and, for the masochists, solo.
And, as usual, the best prizes will go to those that demonstrate the most creativity in their costumes!
Then, on Sunday morning, the action will get underway with our Jaws Enduro.
The champion's title was fiercely competed last year, with Ben Karalus narrowly clinching the win from Tasman de Leeuw on the final stage. Again, there'll be some new tracks involved this year so repeat results aren't guaranteed.
With numbers for this event limited, priority will be given to those also entered in the 6Hr Bike Relay.
Also on Sunday morning is the MTB Rogaine, run by the Nelson Orienteering Club. Charging around the Park's tracks & Kaiteriteri environs, hunting down checkpoints before racing back to base, is a great way to involve the family, where reading a map and interpreting clues are just as important skills as knowing how to ride a bike.
Around midday, we'll roll to the Big Airs Whip Off . This will follow a similar format to that held at the opening of Big Airs, where points and prizes will be awarded for the most air-time style.
There was some amazing talent on show at the Opening and we expect lots of the locals have had time to work on their whips since then.
Morgan Walker of Mot Bike Co. will once again be the adjudicator and we won't envy him the task of deciding who walks off with the title of Kaiteriteri Whipmaster for 2017!
With the Weekender's event hub located at the rear of the Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp, it's the perfect place to bring the family along to, with the beach and playground just a short walk away.
Plus, we have lots of great deals on offer this year, courtesy of the Motor Camp, to encourage you to stay over for the weekend...
- 20% discount on camping sites;
- 20% discount on cabin & apartment accommodation (subject to availability);
- a $20 pizza and pint deal from the Shoreline Cafe.
They'll also be providing a coffee cart and a sausage bbq for the Port Nelson Bike Relay so your energy levels don't drop during the day. And for those that are sticking round after the 6Hr, you'll be welcome to join the organisers for a bit of post-event liquid refreshment...
We'll be providing regular updates on our Facebook page, where you can also message us with any queries. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So get cracking - start rounding up some team-mates, get creative with a costume theme, book your accommodation (just mention the Kaiteriteri Weekender when booking) and get your entry in!