Day 2 – Arrowtown to Wanaka
Thousands of visitors each year walk the historic streets of the little village of Arrowtown with cameras to hand. Few, however, ride out of it, determined to conquer the mountain pass ahead.
This is one of the most dramatic rides in New Zealand; indeed, the switchbacks of the Alps de Huez will come to mind. It is no disgrace if the heart rate gets up there, to have a “compulsory stop” (and take a photo or two) on a couple of the steeper sections…
Riders may choose to ride from their hotel to the start in Arrowtown. The Crown Range ahead is a serious climb beginning with a number of zigzags to the Terrace and then after a short breather, a full-frontal attack on the South Western face over the highest public road in New Zealand. Wind and colder temperatures can prevail so warm clothing should be carried or worn. The summit gives way to a fast downhill past the historic Cardrona Hotel and onto the shores of Lake Wanaka where our marshals will direct you to the finish chute. This road carries a large number of tourists and locals, though Sunday morning at this time, the road is normally quieter. There are very fast downhill sections and tight bends. Don’t spoil your tour by crashing! Remember it is better to take another 10 seconds than risk a lifetime in a wheelchair.