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Boundary Buster/ January 2020 - date TBC
2-day guided trail bike ride
The dates shown are confirmed but subject always to New Zealand Defence Force requirements regarding military activities. All bookings must be made online.
About the event
This popular event normally sells out in under one week from opening. The best way to keep up to date is to subscribe to our ezines by being on our mailing list. The early bird will definitely be the one who catches the worm. This guided trail bike ride is strictly limited in numbers and bookings are on a first received basis. A unique ride that will take you to the four boundaries of the 63,000 hectare Waiouru military training area (weather permitting). Saturday is a 120-160 km ride, Sunday is 100-120 km (distances are approximate). Limited to 150 riders!
Routes for Boundary Buster 2018 vary depending on the group you choose and will depend on the weather on the day. We will be putting together trails that use the best bits of Tussock Buster, plus the further, more remote, challenging and unique parts of the military training area. Weather, time and rider skill level will determine how many of the boundaries each group manages to get to. Remember always that Waiouru is an alpine environment where there can be extremes in weather. Previous Boundary rides have experienced sunburn, snow, hail, rain and wind. So riding in just a riding shirt is a no go.
Army barrack accommodation will be provided on the Friday and Saturday nights, and all meals including Friday dinner and Sunday lunch will be supplied.
Riders can choose to ride in one of four groups depending upon your skill, riding speed and fitness. Boundary Buster is for experienced riders and not suitable for novice riders or those on adventure bikes. Those joining the cruisers need to be an ‘intermediate level rider’ and have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to ride for at least 7-8 hours. You may be able to swap from group to group if you or the guides feel you need to and if circumstances permit during the day. The riding Groups are:
- Gung-ho. This is a group for top level (expert and pro) riders who are fit, skillful and are keen to have two days of really hard riding. This group will ride hard and fast and will encounter steep and rocky terrain plus swamps. 80% of your riding will be off formed trails, riding virgin ground, old overgrown tank tracks and horse tracks
- Hot dogs. This is a group of top level and very fit riders that don't quite fit into the Gung-ho group but are a higher standard than the Sly Dogs. You will have the ability to ride all the places described for the Gung-ho groups but would like to do so in a manner that is not quite so hard out
- Sly dogs. This group is for highly competent riders who are perhaps not as fit as those who plan to go in the Hot Dog group. This group will ride quickly and encounter steep and swampy terrain but will have more frequent stops and may not do the same distance. You will need to be able to ride eight hours or more on the Saturday. History has shown us that we get an awful lot of riders ending up in this group. This year we would like to move some of you up into the Hot Dog group and for those who are fit and want to have full days with consistent riding and not too many stops, then we are keen for you to move to the cruisers group. So have a good think about your rider skills when riding the gnarly single track. 60% of your riding will be off formed tracks, riding virgin ground, old tank tracks and horse tracks
- Cruisers. This is for the sensible fit rider who wants to maintain a good steady ride pace and not be stopping due to people getting stuck. This group will cover big distance but will do it via formed tank tracks and some off track work but nothing too steep.
You need to turn up each morning with a full fuel tank. We will refuel you during the day via our tanker. We will have 95 octane fuel. If riding a 2 stroke, then please carry your premix oil so you can add to the 95 fuel. The tanker will have a measured delivery to ensure you know how much fuel has been added.
It is compulsory for all riders to attend the Saturday morning briefing. This will commence at 0800 hours (8 am straight after breakfast) on the parade ground. The ride commences early on Saturday morning. After dinner, ensure your bike is fully prepared and have an early night. You will be emailed a comprehensive set of administrative instructions approximately 14 days before the ride. Please read them carefully.
There are compulsory dress standards which you must comply with when in army mess facilities. Failure to comply with the prescribed dress standards will mean that you are refused entry until you do comply. Please ensure you arrive with the correct riding equipment.
Please ensure your machine is in top condition as you will be in areas that make recovery difficult.
The pricing for riding Boundary Buster 2020 will be $380 per rider. This price includes all army barrack accommodation Friday and Saturday nights, cooked breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch Saturday and Sunday, Saturday dinner, morning tea Saturday and Sunday, bike washing facilities, bike recovery, guides, medical support, radio communications between each group and base, plus fuel at the designated refuelling sites each day.
There will be no registration on the day. All riders must be pre-registered and registration is on a first-in, first-served basis. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 155 riders.
Cancellation and refunds
Events could be cancelled or modified due to military requirements, weather conditions or unforeseen logistical issues which make the running of events either unsafe or unable to be conducted on the scheduled dates and in the locations advertised. Please refer to the payments and refunds section for details on the cancellation and refund policy.
National Army Museum
Remember the legends and pay tribute to the sacrifices. Stories of courage, comradeship and honour – all this and more at the National Army Museum. Facilities include café, gift shop, interactive Kidz HQ, kids treasure hunts, greenstone memorial, and research library. Open daily 9am to 4.30pm, State Highway 1, Waiouru. Print off this discount voucher and present it at the Museum reception to receive discounted entry. The voucher is valid until December 31, 2018, so if you don't get a chance at the time of this event, be sure to stop there next time you are passing through.
In the first instance enquiries should be made to Diana Booth. Email email@example.com. Telephone +64 21 129 7670.
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VENUE. Waiouru military training area.
Registrations are closed
SUITABLE: Experienced and fit riders of intermediate or above standard.
CANCELLATION. Weather or fire risk, or military requirements.