Saturday, January 19, 2019 - completed!
The Slicks and Stones 100KM event is for the hard-core sport and weekend rider who wants to experience the same arduous route as the professional riders.
The following details applied to the 2019 event. It is expected that 2020 will be similar, so keep tuned!
By no means is the Slicks and Stones less strenuous, it’s just a little shorter than the Gravel and Tar Classic and La Femme UCI races. It provides the opportunity for junior, masters, and “weekend warrior” riders to ride the undulating roads and gravel sectors that the elite riders will race on. At the same time they can experience the beautiful Manawatu countryside and take on a unique cycling challenge. The course map can be found here.
The cost of entry is $70 up until the 30th Nov, after which it increases to $75. Entries after 12th Jan incur a late entry fee of $5 (total $80). To enter, just click on the Enter Now link below.
With the Arapuki mountain bike Classic on the following day (20th Jan), it’s an ideal opportunity to make it a cycling weekend in the Manawatu! Those wanting to enter both the Slicks and Stones and Arapuki Challenge can get a discounted entry fee when entering for both.
Event Details for 2019 (these may change for the 2020 event, so we will keep posting)
It is best to enter online (see above), but you can enter on the day of the ride in Feilding Town Square also between 7am and 8am. Once you have entered you must pick up your registration kit (which includes a supporters guide, your ride numbers, pins, and a timing transponder) at the registration desk in Feilding Town Square. The entry/registration desk will be situation in front of the FMG Feilding office on the north west side of the Square. You must have assembled on the start line at 8:45 am ready for a rider briefing at 8:50 am.
The ride will start at 9 am sharp, and will be under neutralized (slowed) controlled pace until the outskirts of town on Makino Rd is reached. This is around 3.7 km from the start line. As this event is not a race, you must follow the NZ Road Code, keep to the left at all times, and ideally you will not be more than two abreast across the road. The gravel sectors (only) are closed to traffic in the opposite direction to the ride, so you can use the other side of the road if it is safest to do so. Nevertheless, be aware that there is always the chance that a vehicle will ignore those closures, so if you cross to the other side of the road you do this at your own risk. The supporters booklet supplied in the race pack outlines supporters viewing points during the ride.
Here’s what some of the participants in the 2019 Slicks and Stones thought of the event . . .
I think you guys have something pretty special with this event... Really looking forward to it again next year.
The course was great! Thanks to all that made the event possible.
Excellent event and fantastic group of riders very friendly and helpful. I lost some skin and a lot of pride but really, really enjoyed the entire day. Thanks very much to all those involved.
Thanks for the great tough day of riding, event was well organised.
I just wanted to say that the event was exceptionally well organised, for which I’m very grateful.
I had a lot of fun racing on gravel yesterday. I think the Slicks and Stones has potential to grow into a much bigger event, so I hope you run it again next year.
I’ll be telling all my friends to give it a crack next year!
That was spectacular! Thank you for the awesome event - I'll definitely be back next year.