Day 7 – The Chateau to Whanganui
DATE & LOCATION
Friday 12th April 2019
Stage One: The Chateau to Pipiriki
Stage Two: Ranana to Whanganui
Stage 1 Distance: 70km
Stage 2 Distance: 65km
Total Day Distance: 115km
About the Stage Sponsor
From Day One, Hynds, New Zealand leading suppliers to the Civil Construction Industry, came on board the Tour as strong supporters of the Heart Foundation. Riding teams on both Islands they build rapport with suppliers and clients inviting them to join them on stages to experience the thrill of riding in a real Bike Tour race and building relationships along the way. Hynds have contributed to the success of The Tour putting energy on the road and contributing significant resources to help raise $1.25 million for the charities.
The Chateau will farewell you with a ride that drops you down hundreds of meters before your right-hand turn at Raetihi. There are some unexpected hill climbs and the road narrows to finally lead you into the tiny settlement of Pipiriki, on the banks of the Whanganui River. These roads are narrow and extra caution required on the short sharp downhill sections. At Pipiriki you can buy lunch in the old Schoolhouse and rest and fuel up before the afternoon final stage. For those with a little less urgency a glance to your left will give you great views of the Whanganui River The start for today’s second stage is outside the Marae at Ranana and continues on the Old River Road to join the Parapara Road that rides you down into the River City of Whanganui.
7:15 – 7:45am
Sign in Chateau Carpark
10:45 – 11:15 am
Last riders arrive at Pipiriki
Stage 2 first riders leave Ranana
First riders into Whanganui finish – Drive to Wellington (no Peloton Party tonight), last riders expected at 4pm
The Chateau is 3,000 feet above sea-level, meaning that the start can be windy and cold on a stormy day. Consider carefully what you wear this day. Traffic through the National Park is normally in a hurry, so very important to keep well left. From Raetihi to Pipiriki, the road narrows with very little traffic, perhaps the occasional logging truck or racing local resident sharing the road with you.
The road twist and turns, with short, sharp down-hills, that will keep your hands on the brakes!
At Pipiriki, the finish of the first stage, you will be stopped at the finish on a slight downhill. You will then be marshalled to the Old Schoolhouse Café, up a short driveway to your right.
The second stage begins a short drive of 45 minutes, winding 25km down the road to Ranana. We will re-assemble here at approximately 1.00pm. We recommend you eat a good lunch, as the second stage is tough it rides beside the beautiful Whanganui River, before taking you to the top of a valley, where you will have awesome views and tired legs.
When you join the Parapara road, take great care, traffic is heavier in the final run through to Whanganui. You will be marshalled into the finish area, before turning right onto the banks of the Whanganui River.