The Odyssey!

Reveal The Trail

On Easter Sunday 31 March 2013, we’re running the first ever track building competition. Teams of 3 to 4 will be assigned 20-metre sections of The Odyssey we can team you up with someone if you would like). Once you have built one section, the Umpire (Paul Kennett) will check it and blow a horn, announcing to all other teams that the section is complete. Then you wolf down some Easter eggs/buns and leap frog the teams in front of you to take the next
20-metre section.

The track building in this area is very easy, and we are hoping for a natural type of trail (ie,
working around and over rocks, roots and trees). The trail corridor will have
been cleared (minimally), so the building will be fast.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners (and everyone else) for style, creativity and quantity.
See below for the technical guff.



Historic Rameka Track down to Rameka Creek (Project Rameka, 10 km from Takaka,
Golden Bay).


2 km

4 (Advanced) down/5 (Expert) up

300mm – 600mm

Gradient:   Just
follow the markers

Structures: Bonus points (2
per metre) given for structures. Pre order materials now, or bring your own.

Creativity:  Super bonus
points (20-30) given for any artistic features relating to Greek Mythology.

Sections:   After
the first 300 metres (which follows the historic Rameka Track) teams can choose
up to 3 sections in a row (ie, up to 60 metres in length if they wish).

The names of each team (including team members) will be acknowledged on a sign
at the top of the trail, along with the sponsors.

The Umpire: Paul Kennett is
an ex-trials champion. He will attempt anything you build, and must be able to
ride it both ways (uphill bus-stops allowed).

30th March = reconnaissance day (optional)

31st March = Reveal the Trail

1st April = Ride the Trail (or this is a bad weather backup day)

The Outcome: The Odyssey will create a 6 km loop for mountain bikers, walkers and runners. It will also provide access for pest control and tree planting.

Easter eggs, hot cross buns, sports drink, and burgers will be supplied.

Bring some gloves and tools if you like, otherwise, there will be some available.


The Story: The Odyssey is a Greek myth of epic proportions, that has led to many other stories, including most recently a movie called O’Brother Where Art Thou. Find out more here:

Teams from Wellington, Nelson and Takaka are already entered. For more information contact    info [at]

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