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The Colville Connection 'Le'Originale' - 72km MTB/Single Speed/Tandem

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Course Description

'Le'Originale' - Coromandel's original mountain bike event; circumnavigates the northern most tip of the beautiful Coromandel peninsula.

The ride starts in the Colville Township with a flat, fast and fortunately short-lived road section before jumping on the dirt and heading through Whangaahei and onto the Port Charles Road to start the first climb of the day.

The course continues to flow through regular climbs and descents amongst stunning subtropical native bush through to Port Charles. From here it only gets better; as you pass through Port Charles the road narrows, the trees shroud the route, light flickers through the bush and as you reach the sea, patches of greenery open up to give you some of NZ's best coastal views. Once you roll through Stony Bay the next 10km to Fletcher Bay gives way to pristine DOC single track - check out our video section, pictures say a thousand words!

A couple more 'rolly polly' climbs sees the start of the one of the country's 'Crimson Trails', beautiful Pohutukawa line the welcomed, flat roads seaside on route back to Colville. Time to soak up the atmosphere and relish your achievement! Estimated finish times based on previous events - top riders break 3 hours (that's crazy fast!), middle of the pack riders take 4.5 - 5.5 hours, and casual riders 6 - 8 hours.

She's a decent haul and a great day out!

Directions the Event Base:

Maps, course profiles and event base locations can all be found on the downloads page.

Download Maps and Directions

Maps, course profiles and event base locations can all be found on the downloads page.

Kauri Dieback - Bike Check

Important Information Downloads:

Kauri PTA Q & A factsheet (210 KB)

Hygiene Procedures (SOP) for those working in kauri areas (431 KB)

We're privileged to run ride and walk amongst some of the country's most beautiful environments, which have been around long before we set foot on them.  You must arrive with clean shoes and bikes.  Please read the information below on how to preserve our natural landscape or if you have any questions.  All riders, runners and walkers will be required to walk across bio-security mats at the start line.


Event Categories

The following age group categories will be used for the event;

  • Under 20 years
  • 20 - 39 years
  • 40 - 49 years
  • 50 - 59 years
  • 60 years+

Starting Times for all events

Mountain bike

Event Participant Briefing Start Time
72km 08.20am 08.30am
42km 09.20am 09.30am
21km 08.50am 09.00am

Marathon Run / Walk

Event Participant Briefing Start Time
Marathon 42km 09.35am 09.45am
Half Marathon 21km 09.05am 09.15am
10km and 5km 10.50am 11.00am


Registration process

Registration is at the Colville School; there will be a sign outside the classroom.

Date - Friday 20th February 
Time - 4:00pm-9:00pm
Location - Colville School

Date - Saturday 21st February
Time - 6:30am-10:45 am
Location - Colville School

Please be at registration at least 45 minutes before your start time.

NB - event apparel and meal tickets will be given out with race packs at registration.


Results will be uploaded to this site here, and to the Total Sport site here shortly after this event.

Course Safety

Event Rules:

  • The event and courses may be adjusted at the event directors' discretion in adverse weather for the safety of participants
  • The events pass over private land - participants must leave all property as is and will not litter on the course - take home all rubbish
  • All mountain bike competitors must wear and correctly fasten a cycle helmet that meets standard ASTM F1447-2006 at all times
  • All participants must obey road rules on course and at intersections
  • All participants must obey and respect marshal instructions while on course
  • All participants MUST NOT CROSS THE CENTRE LINE at any time on the course
  • Participants must take basic repair kits on mountain bike events and should be able to correct basic mechanical issues
  • All entrants must stay on the course and pass all marshals. Tail-end marshals will follow the last competitor and ensure everyone is off the course safely
  • Tracks are open to the public so please respect their space
  • Qualified ambulance support will be available on course and at the event base, please acknowledge that this is an off-road event and access could be difficult
  • Participants must help others on course if they are in need of assistance
  • If you come across an injured participant - STOP and render First Aid if you are trained without placing yourself in danger.  Send the next participant ahead to notify the next event marshal.  Call Emergency Services 111 if you have a mobile phone if the situation is life threatening.

Road Closures:

There will be a road closure from the START of the 72km mountain bike event on the Port Charles Road to the Waikawau Beach Road intersection approximately 7km into the ride. This will be closed from 8:15-9:00am on event day. The rest of the courses will have sections of OPEN ROADS. You MUST OBEY ROAD RULES and ride/run on the LEFT SIDE of the road. DO NOT CROSS THE CENTRE LINE. OBEY all of the marshals please - they are there for YOUR SAFETY. You don't have any extra rights to the roads afforded to you because you are participating in this event.

Recommended Equipment:

72km & 42km Mountain Bike and Marathon
A wind and rainproof jacket, beanie/buff, emergency blanket, basic first aid kit and fluid must be brought to the event, and will need to be carried during the event in adverse weather. We will advise early on Saturday morning what gear needs to be taken with you. We recommend carrying a minimum of 1.5-2 litres and your own food. There will be one aid station on course (72km course, 42km courses have 4 - please see aid station section). Depending of the weather conditions on the day, total sport may reduce the equipment requirements if the weather is suitable.

21km Mountain Bike and 21km Trail Run
A wind and rainproof jacket, beanie/buff, emergency blanket, basic first aid kit and fluid must be brought to the event, and will need to be carried during the event in adverse weather. We recommend carrying a minimum of 1 litre and your own food. There will be aid stations on course (please see this aid station section). We will advise early on Saturday morning what gear needs to be taken with you.

NB - Should the equipment be required you will be told on the morning of the event over the PA system. Please come prepared.

NB - Mountain Bike participants should carry equipment and be able to fix punctures and basic mechanical issues - there will be limited bike mechanical on the course

Suggested Equipment:

Sunhat, sun cream, chaffing cream and strapping tape for 21km & 42km trail run events. A wind and rainproof jacket for 10km trail run in the case of wet/cold weather is advisable.

Drink and Aid Stations

Where available these will be loaded with electrolyte, water and bananas.

72km Event
  • 38km (Fletcher Bay)

42km Events
  • 8km
  • 17km
  • 25km
  • 31km

21km Events
  • 6km
  • 10km

5km & 10km Events
  • No aid stations please take your own drink and food.

Cut-Off Times

  • All events will have a cut-off time of 5pm

Please look at your start times and pace yourself accordingly.

Prize giving / Spot prizes

Prize giving will be held at the Colville School at 3pm.  We have two Specialized Rockhopper 29er mountain bikes to give away as spot prizes amongst a host of other awesome prizes from Coromandel accommodation and tourism providers.  Minor spot prizes will be given away over the finish line.


How to Enter

For event pricing and other important entry details visit the entry page.

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Contact Us

Have a question? Visit our contact page to get in touch with the event manager.


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