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Milk & Honey Road & Mountainbike Race


Sun 28 Oct 2012, 8:00am

Where: Takaka Memorial Library, 3 Junction St, Takaka, Golden Bay, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $45.00
  • Adult teams: $90.00
  • Under 18: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Chris Butler

Start and finish in Takaka, Golden Bay. Start will be from Library carpark, rolling start down Reilly St, turn right into Commercial St. Actual start point at 100kph sign at south end of township. Finish at same point, roll into town and back to carpark.

Registration 8-9am.
Race briefing: 9:30am.
Start time: 10am.

Bike drop-off: Canaan Transition, 7-8am.
Bike drop-off: Takaka registration, 7:30-8:30am.

Prize-giving: 3pm, Roots Bar, Commercial St, Takaka.

Winning time: Leg 1 - 1.11.36; Leg 2 - 1.31.88; total - 2.43.24.
Slowest time: Leg 1 - 2.30.25; Leg 2 - 2.39.75; total 5.10.00.

The Golden Bay “Milk and Honey” race is a special event that incorporates the two disciplines of road biking, and mountain biking combining them into one ride. It includes a road climb of 790 metres up Takaka Hill, and continues down the Rameka track, one of NZ’s classic downhill single track mountain bike rides.

The Milk (road bike section)
Starting from Takaka, riders will head south for the first 22km up the Takaka valley to Upper Takaka where the hill climb starts in earnest. From Upper Takaka you will have a climb of 10km gaining another 690 metres making this side of Takaka hill the biggest paved road climb in New Zealand, in terms of the height gained in the shortest distance.

The Honey (mountain bike section)
At 36km there will be a transition from road to mountain bike and a further 28km to negotiate back towards Takaka by way of Canaan Downs, incorporating the ‘Rollercoaster’ and the Rameka track, the original route into Golden Bay as travelled by the early settlers.

Having dropped to 670 metres at the transition point there is still a climb of 200 metres to Canaan Saddle.You will turn off the road at 45km and take in 2km of the grade 3 ‘Roller-coaster’ section of the Canaan Main Loop, before exiting in the car park of Harwoods Hole. A short uphill climb takes you to the start of the Rameka track, signposted left before the top of the climb. From here you are in for a treat. Almost 15km of prime technical singletrack awaits you, including the grade 3+ Rameka Track, The Pack Track (3+), the grade 2 Great Expectations. Across the creek the “The Klicks” have two more grade 3+ sections of track that run alongside the road. Out onto the road you will follow Glenview Rd, Central Takaka Road, Dodsons Rd and then the main highway to a finish at the entrance to Takaka.

Entry fees payable to Golden Bay Mountain Bike Club.

Registration details:
Registration closes Monday 22 October 2012 at 10pm. Registrations online at Please note there are no entries on the day of the event.

Contact details:

Rob Dawson: 0212603216
Brian Alder: 027 2921799

More information:
The Milk and Honey Race involves two disciplines (for most), mountain biking and road riding. Whether riding as a team of two or solo, bikes and for teams, people, need to be at the transition area at the Canaan Rd junction of Hwy 60. It is essential that bikes are dropped off by the required times. More information is on the event website at -

Proudly sponsored by: Village Milk, Beehaven Honey, Roots Bar, Escape Adventures, Golden Bay Coachlines, Ratanui Lodge, Cactus Climbing Equipment.