This year, the Mega Grind Has two options:
For tracking and logistical purposes, these are the only options. Sorry, but you can't just do the Eastern loop as part of the event, though you're welcome to explore it at a different time.
Riders start in Rotorua, and head out along the Ngongotaha cycleway, then up the hill to Mamaku. From there, the course heads down Cecil Road and Lesley Road to Putaruru. You then follow the Waikato River downstream (north) to Ngaurawahia, before nipping out to the coast at Raglan.
From there, you head down the west coast of the North Island to a few kilometres south of Mokau, and then head inland to Taumaranui.
From here, you ride north along the Timber Trail, past the Centre of the North Island and along the gravel roads heading to the infamous Arataki swing bridge. You then join up with the Waikato River Trail, which you follow all the way to Waiotu.
From Waiotu (Jim Barnett Reserve), you're following quiet country roads to Tokoroa, then heading up the hill back to Mamaku.
A quick ride down the road takes you back to Ngongotaha and the Ngongotaha cycleway, which leads you back to Rotorua.
The Western Loop is 795 km long and includes roughly 11,400 metres of climbing.
From Rotorua, you head out along the Te Ara Ahi cycleway and turn off to ride past Rerewhakaaitu, then along Ngamotu Road. From the end of this road, you turn south to Murupara, and then start climbing into the Ureweras, where you get to enjoy the views of Lake Waikaremoana before heading down to Frasertown. From there, you nip out to te coast at Wairoa before returning to the loop at Frasertown.
Next, you'll be on quiet gravel roads through some very remote country, coming out eventually at Motu where you'll get to enjoy to Pakahi Track. This takes you back to the Bay of Plenty, coming out eventually at Opotiki.
From there, you cut across to Te Teko, and climb up McIvor Road to Lake Rotoma. You'll then ride along the northern side of the lakes, eventually coming out at Okere Falls where this is a fantastic cafe.
From there, it's a short ride back into Rotorua and the end of the Mega Grind.
The Eastern Loop is 656 km long, and includes roughly 8,600 metres of climbing.
Put together, the entire course is 1,451 km, with approximately 20,000 metres of climbing. On the full course, riders will visit 3 different coasts, covering much of the North Island.◀ Back