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The Gorsetrack Strikes Back, Canterbury

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The Gorsetrack Strikes BackBeginner

Submitted by Martin Lukes

Info Info

Trail Information

14.00km

490m

490m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Plantation/exotic forest
Open ridges/tops
Volcanic
Other

Beginner

2:15 (Slow)
1:35 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)

-8.2%

+7.9%

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Description

Easy warm up on the tarseal before a steep incline takes you to the Gorse Track. This fun and rugged 4WD Track takes you up to the Summit Road. Discover the precipitous delights of the Body Bag and the new Mountain Bike Adventure Park. Turn left at the Summit Road and zip back down the Harry Ell and Hackthorne Roads.


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Features of interest

A classic course dating back to the Hey Day of New Zealand Adventure running. This is the route Keith Murray used to get fit for Coast to Coast and Adventure Racing. A regular training group still meets on Wednesdays before work.


Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Sealed Road: 30%


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  • Access

    Right smack bang outside Zeroes Cafe corner Hackthorne and Cashmere Road

    Heaps of parking next to the river and on side streets

    5 km

    13 minutes

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    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Check out the route on map prior to the trip. Take map if unsure.

    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Sign of the Kiwi
    Harry Ell Track
    Sign of the Takahe

    Track can be slippy in winter

    Some road crossings
    Under-runners
    Watch out for mountain bikers

  • Post run indulgence

    Zeroes Cafe
    Corner Cashemere / Hackthorne
    Great coffee at the start and finish

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