The Nevis Valley Gutbuster MTB is 75km endurance ride on the iconic Nevis Road from Garston to Bannockburn on Saturday, 24 November 2018.
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 an historic ski hut, and overlooking the Nokomai River. Riders climb some 800m in 12km, a grade of 1:14.
Past the Ben Nevis Station, riders reach the Nevis Crossing Bridge at 660m above sea level. Riders now 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 Hotel at 252m above sea level.