TUSSOCK BUSTER – 2.5-DAY TRAIL BIKE RIDE
March 27 @ 1:00 pm - March 29 @ 3:00 pm
Tussock Buster 2020
Friday 27th March – Sunday 29th March 2020
Registrations Open Monday 16th December @ 10am
The dates shown are confirmed and subject always to NZ Army requirements regarding Army activities.
Tussock Buster is the largest trail bike event in New Zealand and is regarded by many as being the best event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
About the event
Tussock Buster utilises about half of the 63,000 hectare Waiouru military training area and has almost 300 km of marked riding trails – most of which are bulldozed and graded annually by the Offlimits team.
• Camping on Friday and Saturday nights is provided on the Waiouru Rugby/sports fields. This facility includes hot showers, portaloos, a rugby club bar and flat screen TV. Hot meals plus a variety of yummy snacks are available from the Waiouru community shop on site. There’s also motorcycle service support facilities and the opportunity to purchase riding equipment from a range of vendors
• Camping and riding will be available from 1300 hours (1 pm) on the Friday
• Tussock Buster is a two wheeled motorbike event. Registration will be available on the day. There are discounted prices if you enter early online.
• Fire extinguishers are compulsory for all riders over the age of 12-years. (These can be purchased from the Honda service tents at Tussock Buster).
• Sorry, no quads or side-by-sides
• We continue to grade over 150 km of tracks to make things easier and more fun
• Honda will be in force at the event and will have a full service support team in the camping area to assist with bike maintenance
• There will be a number of stalls selling riding equipment so you will be able to replace lost or damaged gear and see the latest equipment that is on sale including fire extinguishers
• We will have a tanker based refuel station in the training area to enable bikes to complete the long loops. The use of tokens for fuel has worked well in significantly reducing the size of the queues. We will use them again this year
• Our sign-on system is efficient and keeps registration queues to a minimum
• Trail intersection signs are now larger than in the past so they are easier to see
• There are a number of bulldozed deviations for potential obstacles if tracks get wet.
All pricing is GST inclusive. Junior: 15-years or under. Family: one or two adults and up to two children under 15-years living at same address. There are discounts for current members of the NZ armed forces. Friday: $30. Saturday: $65. Sunday: $40. Full weekend (3-day pass): $110. NZDF ID required.
|ENTRIES UNTIL||31 Jan||1 Feb - 24 March||ON THE DAY|
• Campsite and sign in. Waiouru Rugby/Sports Club grounds. Follow the signs at Waiouru township. Take the road beside the Army Museum.
• Trails. We are riding the military training area on the eastern side of the Desert Road, SH1.
There are tracks for all levels of competency. There is a designated kids track for the little ones and those on bikes under 85cc. There are a number of short trails ranging from 10-35 km. These are rideable by those on 85cc bikes or larger. 90% of the trails will be relatively easy but there will be about 10% which would be regarded as being a steep up or downhill. These will be easily navigated by intermediate or expert riders but could prove challenging for novice or younger riders. If a novice or younger rider, please follow the signs and do not undertake ‘expert’ loops as you could find these well beyond your capability and your bikes fuel tank capacity! Parents should accompany all young children on the open tracks and assist them when they encounter difficulty. The longer tracks can be over 75 km in length and are not technically difficult (apart from where it indicates ‘expert only’) but they do go to higher altitude. Some riders will struggle with the longer tracks due to the altitude, the possible weather conditions and a lack of fitness. Please ride sensibly and take appropriate breaks on these longer tracks. Waiouru soil is volcanic so rapidly becomes very dusty when dry and slippery when wet. Novice and intermediate riders should carefully consider their riding capability and track selection when conditions are wet. More experienced riders will love the wetter riding conditions as they will have the skill to use the power of the bike to gain traction through the top few mm of slippery conditions. There are creek and river crossings on a number of tracks. The rivers can rapidly rise so it is recommended that riders walk their bikes through when the rivers are high. Follow the signs and select the correct river entry and exit points. Do not sit at the entry to river crossing as this can result in hundreds of bikes backing up behind you. Have a quick look at the river then commence your crossing (walking or riding).
Six main tracks, ranging in difficulty. The longest track is over 75 km long. The first three tracks range from 10-35 km, with detours for difficult areas and short cuts home. The longest track is up to 90 km, with river crossings, formed trails and shortcuts home prior to the 30 km mark.
This year, we have three riding options for kids and young family groups:
• Novice kids loop: This is a track that weaves in and out of the trees right beside the camping area. It is easily viewable by parents and is restricted to little kids on 65cc or smaller bikes or kids just starting to learn who may be on 85cc bikes. Big kids and big bikes are not permitted.
• 16km farm loop: NEW!! We have a dedicated farm loop track for novice riders and their parents. It is mostly flat with some gentle undulations. The entire track is rideable by novices and little kids on 65cc bikes.
• Family guided rides: NEW!! We have guided rides for family groups with novice riders and kids on 65cc bikes and above. These guided rides are 3-4 hours in duration and will do a mixture of roads, some of the main tracks plus tracks the TUSSOCKBUSTER riders are not on. We will also visit a number of military installations which other riders do not get to see.
Book for the family guided rides
Family guided rides are limited to 30 riders at a time and bookings are essential. We will run rides throughout Saturday and also Sunday morning.
Fee is $10 per person or $30 for a family. You cannot pre-book on line for these guided rides. Bookings and time selections will be accepted when you arrive to collect your helmet stickers and security wrist bands.
If there is an extreme fire risk or heavy rain, then the organisers reserve the right to close or alter tracks for the safety of all participants. This will be advised on the day.
Camping is available for approximately 900 people on the Waiouru Rugby Club grounds. The cost is $15 per person for the weekend. This is a sheltered spot with on-site showers, toilets, rugby club bar and big screen TV. Additional portaloos will be provided. Offlimits has a zero tolerance for unsocial activity, and people over-indulging, running bikes after dark or undertaking burnouts will be evicted immediately. The campsite is a family friendly environment, and will be open from 9am on Friday. Motels, lodges and hotels are available in Waiouru township (2 minutes away), Ohakune and Station Lodge (20 minutes), Taihape (30 minutes) or Turangi (40 minutes).
Big hearty cooked meals are available from the community shop located in the big green army tent close to the Rugby Clubrooms. You can also purchase from them a variety of energy snacks to keep you going out on the tracks, or between meals. The community shop takes cash and EFTPOS payments. Yummy hot coffees are also available on site. On Saturday there will be snack food available at Westlawn (fuel stop) cash only. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased from the Rugby Club once the tracks close each day. A number of food outlets are available in Waiouru township (2 minutes away by car).
Broxy rider coaching
Once again Broxy will be offering special coaching sessions. Sessions will only be held on Friday afternoon only and are invaluable for riders wanting to improve their riding skill and take it to the next level. For more information on Broxy Coaching, and to register, check out Broxy’s website.
• Cost. TBC
• Session start times. TBC
Pre-registrations will close at midnight 24th March. It is quite a bit cheaper to pre register, However, riders are welcome to register on the day at the event. There are discounts for current members of the New Zealand Defence Force and these are published on the entry form. On the day registration is at the registration tent which is near the Rugby Club building.
• Friday. 11.30 am-2.30 pm.
• Saturday and Sunday. 7.30 am-10.30 am.
The Army training area has a number of hazards that must be correctly explained. All riders must attend the ‘rolling’ briefings held each day. All riders must read the rules and legal issues, and must read the rules that are handed out at registration.
• Friday. 1.00 pm-4.00 pm.
• Saturday. 9.00 am-4.00 pm.
• Sunday. 8.30 am-3.00 pm.
Due to the potential fire danger, fire extinguishers are compulsory. All riders over 12 years of age MUST carry a fire extinguisher to participate in this event. Small 0.3kg extinguishers can be purchased at Tussock Buster from the Honda Service Centre tents. No open fires are permitted at the campsite. There are several fire extinguishers sited around the campsite. They are there for your safety. Please treat them with respect and report anyone you see vandalising them or doing anything that could compromise your safety.
Tussock Buster has comprehensive medical coverage that includes event safety medics a paramedic, an onsite helicopter and if required, an event doctor. A number of the event marshals will carry a comprehensive medical kit. Please ride within your capability so we won’t need to use them.
91 and 95 octane fuel is available at the Waiouru township. 98 octane fuel cannot be purchased in Waiouru. Fuel will be available for purchase on the two longer tracks called Dam Buster and Spur Buster. Fuel tankers will be positioned at approximately the 28km mark (Westlawn Huts). These tankers have fuel dispensing pumps. We want to reduce the queues at these facilities so fuel can only be purchased in $10 increments using a pre-purchased token. Please purchase these tokens at the registration tent BEFORE YOU DEPART on your ride. We do not have change out at the fuel stations nor is there any facility to pay by credit card (NO cell phone coverage). We will only dispense fuel in 3 litre increments costing $10 per increment. It is incredibly expensive for us to get fuel to these locations so we need to pass on these charges to you. Therefore, do not buy more fuel than you really need. If you purchase 3 litres but don’t need that amount then you can share it with a fellow rider. Therefore group yourselves together at the fuel stop if you are planning to share $10 of fuel amongst two riders. Carry the required amount of 2 stroke oil with you for your 3 litres of fuel as you will need to mix that yourself onsite. Fuel consumption will vary from bike to bike and depend on how hard you ride. A 9 litre tank should travel around 70-85 km and a 5 litre tank should do 40-55 km. Bikes with 11 litre or larger tanks should make it all the way around. However, you need to take responsibility for your own bike and ensure you do not run out. Due to the terrain and number of riders, we do not have the facility to pre-position your fuel containers at the fuel dumps. Note: if you turn up at the fuel stop without a token then you may have to wait as priority will go to those who have a token.
Serviceable helmet, boots, long trousers and long sleeved top are compulsory. All bikes must have a serviceable muffler. Recommended items are goggles, gloves, body armour or enduro jacket, rain jacket and thermal undergarments. The weather is changeable in Waiouru and in less than an hour it can go from hot sunshine to strong winds and cold rain and sleet. Tussock Buster is held at altitude plus a number of tracks are longer than where you normally ride. Please keep hydrated and carry adequate drinking water. Carry tools to repair your bike plus a spare tube or puncture repair kit to fix a puncture.
Bike recovery is time consuming and expensive. All riders are advised to ensure their bikes are serviced prior to attending the event. Offlimits reserves the right to charge a ‘recovery fee.’ This fee will not be charged for those who are injured but it will be charged if bikes need to be recovered due to mechanical breakdown. A helicopter recovery will be $100 per bike regardless of the mechanical situation. A vehicle mounted recovery where the recovery time is greater than 1 hour will be $50 but this will be dependant on the type of mechanical breakdown. If the breakdown is due to rider stupidity or something that would have been picked up with reasonable bike maintenance then the fee will apply. If the breakdown is something which is unforeseen and not due to a lack of normal maintenance then the marshal onsite can make a call regarding the fee.
Respect the venue
This is Defence Force land and in order to continue to make it available for future events, all riders and campers must respect the venue. Please be aware of the following:
• Obey all speed limits on roads
• Keep to the left on the gravel roads
• Do not litter – this includes tear offs
• Don’t spin your wheels or in any way damage the grass on the rugby field and surrounds and within the confines of the fenced Army camp. Once out on the tracks, you can spin your wheels as much as you want
• Respect others living within the camp and military housing area and don’t make excessive noise with your bike.
• Do not touch any unexploded or exploded ordnance
• Stick to the designated tracks and zones. If you are found riding in unauthorised areas, you WILL be sent home
• Take appropriate clothing with you on the tracks (especially the big loops).
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.
In the first instance enquiries should be made to Diana Booth. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone +64 21 129 7670.