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Fri 27 Aug 2010, 5:00pm
Sat 28 Aug 2010, 7:00am
Sun 29 Aug 2010, 8:00am

Where: Thames Sailing Club, Tararu Rd, Thames

Restrictions: All Ages

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The Coromandel region is one of the New Zealand's best hidden playgrounds for multisport and adventure athletes. From surf beaches to sub-alpine native forests, the Leatherman Coromandel Classic multisport race will challenge individuals and team competitors of all abilities.

This year is our 11th event, and we expect the race to be bigger and better than ever.

Day 1:
• Leg 1 : After a controlled 3km bunch ride through the township of Thames, the 22km MTB leg travels up the Kauaeranga Valley Road, past the DOC HQ (beware of road spikes here!) to the road end. There are 3 fords along the road.
• Leg 2 : The 27km mountain run begins climbing almost immediately, following old kauri logging and packhorse trails, past the Pinnacles and on to the summit (race record to summit 1hr). There is then a steady descent down to the east, with several more, shorter climbs and a 9km section of 4WD track and gravel road to finish the run at Coroglen.
• Leg 3 : Into the kayak, there is one small rapid to negotiate before paddling 17km to Cooks Beach, via the Whitianga Harbour Mouth.
• Leg 4 : The final leg for the day is a 28km cycle leg from Cooks Beach to Tairua.

Day 2:
• Leg 1 : We start day 2 with a 15km kayak from Tairua Wharf to Hikuai. This is a deep water start, heading up the harbour and into the Tairua River for the final 10km of the journey.
• Leg 2 : Onto the 30km road bike and up over the hill to Whangamata. Finishing at the southern end of Whangamata (on the main road) outside the school.
• Leg 3 : Running alongside the main road for approx. 1km, then turning right into Wentworth Valley Rd, it is 4km along the gravel road to the bush tracks. Up the hill past the waterfall and onto the Maratoto Track. The descent is steady and fast for about 20 minutes to the carpark at the Maratoto ford. It is then a left turn, and 600 metres up to the transition on the main road. Total mountain run leg is 21km.
• Leg 4 : The final 30km cycle from Maratoto to the Thames Sailing Club is predominantly flat, but just like the Coast to Coast, beware of the head wind that sometimes greets you at the end of a hard weekend!
• Finish at the Thames Sailing Club. Sausage sizzle, a few beers and a prizegiving at 4pm.