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Nevis Valley Gutbuster

Friday, 10 November 2023

The Nevis Valley Gutbuster forms part of the action-packed Subway Cromwell Summer Series that comprises this event, another MTB ride, a triathlon, a road cycle race, and a half marathon.

Test your endurance with this spectacular ride through the Nevis Valley! Hard climbs, epic downhills, and the most amazing views await!


9 November 2023 @ 8 pm

  • Online Registrations close

Saturday, 11th November

  • 9 - 10:30 am: Late Registrations (Garston)

  • 10 am: Early event start for E-bikes/ Teams/ Over 6hr est. bikers (Garston)

  • 10:45 am: Briefing for all others (Garston)

  • 11 am: Event start (Garston)

  • 5 pm: Event cut-off time

  • 5 pm: Prizegiving


  • E-bike

  • Adult Team (of 2, 3, 4 members)

  • Junior Team

  • Junior Solo (U19)

  • Adult Open (19-39)

  • Vet1 (40-49)

  • Vet2 (50-59)

  • Vet3 (60 +)

Course Details

Participants start at Garston Township, 315m above sea level, and ride 1.5km on State Highway 6 before turning off onto the metalled Nevis Road. A further 2km of uphill is just an introduction to the gutbusting climb to the 1100m summit, past a historic ski hut, and overlooking the Nokomai River. Riders climb some 800m in 12km, a grade of 1:14.

Starting a long, gradual downhill and following a good 4WD track, riders cross about 25 fords, passing Drummond and Commissioner Creeks where past and present gold mining operations provide interest to the spectacular landscape.

Past the Ben Nevis Station and sheepyards (your only comfort station on the trip!), riders reach the Nevis Crossing Bridge, some 52km from the start and at 660m above sea level. From the bridge, riders face another gutbusting ride up to Duffers Saddle at 1300m (gradient 1:12), then another 8km steep downhill on a good metalled surface, to the Nevis turn-off. The sealed road to Bannockburn is an easy 5km to the finish line at the Bannockburn Domain at 252m above sea level. The domain has lots of grassy area and shady trees for participants to relax in after the race, and is a stone's throw from the Bannockburn Hotel.

The weather in the Nevis Valley can change very quickly so take note of the following suggestions and observe the instructions of your support convoy staff.


Late fee kicks in on 25 October at 8 pm

  • Solo Adult (incl E-Bikes): $90 (late fee $110)

  • Solo Junior:

    $50 (late fee $70)

  • Adult Team 0f 2:

    $110 (late fee $130)

  • Adult Team of 3:

    $165 (late fee $185)

  • Adult Team of 4: $220 (late fee $240)

  • Junior Team (any number): $100 (late fee $120)