If you’re from out of town, Manawatu is among one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in New Zealand, including northern Manawatu’s Kimbolton, Apiti, Pohangina and Rangiwahia districts. The scenery is stunning – although if you’re competing, you’ll probably be looking more at the road under you – still, it could be great motivation for getting your support crew along. Plenty of accommodation in Feilding and Palmerston North, and if you have a real need to motivate that “special” supporter, book into Makoura Lodge, a luxury Country Lodge and Rural Retreat, just a short drive away (you’ll need to book in early for this one). For those who are hardened outdoor types, there’s free camping in the Apiti Camping Ground.
Riders in 2023 were very appreciative of the great meals provided at the Apiti Tavern and Eatery, after completing their challenge, and for 2024 we’ve got some extra special things planned – we intend making it a real community affair. We’re arranging a spit roast and live entertainment following your ride where you can relax, recover, tell war stories and enjoy the company – promises to be a great day.
In terms of the cycling, this year we have four categories: The Titan Stone Gravel Assault 173kms, Grand Bolder Gravel Assault 118kms, Rugged Rock Gravel Assault 76kms, and Pebble Dasher Gravel Assault 40kms. So, we're catering for hard core gravel riders through to novices - and yes, we are catering for e-bikes. Everyone's being looked after!
This is going to be a fun day in the Manawatu, so enter now at www.greasychain.com and there's a great gift to remember the day for the first 100 entries.
Please note this information should be used as a guide only. To help ensure your safety we advise you review our safety page and contact the individual provider for up to date information on their compliance with all Health and Safety and regulatory requirements.