YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
How long will the event take me?
Although it is about 30km shorter than around Lake Taupo, it is also a lot hillier and the bunches are smaller. Most people complete the Gentle Annie in a time slightly longer than their Round the Lake Taupo time.
Are supporters vehicles allowed on the course?
No. The course is closed to supporter traffic to help ensure a safer ride for riders. If you have somebody that is dropping you off in Taihape and then travelling back to Napier, they will need to leave before the race starts and drive directly through to the finish ahead of the race.
It sounds like an event for only really fit fast people?
The Gentle Annie is a tough testing ride, but one that anyone can complete with some preparation. We've had some very fast people in the past, but also some real beginners too, and they came back to do it again, so it can't be too bad!
Which category should I start in?
If you think you will take longer than five and a half hours, and don't want to be out on the road pedalling while everyone is refreshing at Roosters Brew House, PLEASE select the Early Start category when you enter. If you need to change your selection closer to the event please contact us before Sunday 15 November 2020. There will be a sag wagon that stays behind the last rider no-matter-what.
2020 we are offering a Grupetto category, starting with the Group Start riders. This is for riders aiming to complete in under five and a half hours, and would like an escort and the camaraderie of a group ride, including wagon support.
Can I ride my E Bike?
Yes! If you can organise your battery power there is a category for you. You will start at 9.30am with the Early Start group.
I hear the hills are really big ... do I need special gearing on my bike?
If you have standard chain rings you will probably want a cluster that goes down to 28T sprocket on the back. If you have compact gearing you should be able to manage with a 25T.
What weather can I expect?
We reckon we have picked the best time of year for this event but the course does climb to nearly 1000m. So it could be hot, sunny and nice, or cold, raining and windy ...
Click here for the up to date forecast.
Where is registration?
When is registration?
Registration will be from 4.00-6.00pm on Friday 20 November 2020 at Roosters Brew House, 1470 Omahu Road, Hastings or 8.00-10am on Saturday 21 November 2020 at Taihape Memorial Park, Kokako Street, Taihape. This is also when you drop your bike off, if you have selected the transport option.
If you are unable to come to registration at that time, please contact us
What time is the race briefing?
All Riders MUST attend our race safety briefing.
Race briefing’s times are:
Gentle Annie: Early Start and E Bike 9.20am in Taihape. Group Start 10.20am in Taihape
What time is the race start?
Early Start and E Bike riders start 9.30am. Group Start riders start 10.30am.
For those staying in the sunny Hawke's Bay, we recommend staying at our event partner, the Ballina Motel in Taradale. http://www.ballinamotel.co.nz
Tim is an enthusiastic cyclist and has been a Team manager in some of the top road races in New Zealand. He and his staff are very bike friendly, even providing cleaning facilities for your trusty stead.
How do I get to the start line?
There will be a bus and bike transport option when you enter. Cut off date for transport is 15 November 2020, please contact us to check availability after this date.
Bikes are to be dropped off at registration at Roosters Brew House 4.00-6.00pm Friday 20 November 2020, a bus will then take riders through to the start on Saturday morning, making a brief toilet stop at Springvale on the way (drop toilet only). We will also transport a gear bag from the start back to the finish if needed.
For those coming through from the Taihape side, you can register on the Saturday morning, leave your vehicle in Taihape, ride the Gentle Annie, and catch the return bus to Taihape AFTER the ride, you can select this when you enter. The bus will leave Roosters Brew House at 5.00pm.
If you are organising your own transport, it takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to drive the length of the course.
I've booked the transport option to get to the start line, when does the bus leave?
Bikes need to be dropped off at registration at Roosters Brew House from 4.00-6.00pm Friday 20 November 2020, and will be available for collection when the bus arrives in Taihape.
The reporting time for the bus is 6.20am TBC at Roosters Brew House. Departure from 6.30am TBC. The bus should arrive in Taihape about 60 minutes prior to the event start.
I've booked the return transport back to Taihape, when does the bus leave?
Ride to the finish, have a shower, a meal and a beverage at Roosters Brew House, then catch the race bus back to Taihape at 5.00pm.
How to I stay up to date with information about the Gentle Annie Bike Ride?
All new information will be emailed to you after you have entered the ride, please do not unsubscribe from these emails, as you will most likely miss important information.
What support is provided?
In addition to a Lead Vehicle and Tail-End-Charlie there will be several support vehicles.
The course is over a remote area with no cell phone coverage for the first 100km so we will have additional vehicles with trained nurses and access to satellite phones spread over the route.
An ambulance will be in attendance and will follow the race from Taihape through to the finish.
All support vehicles will carry first aid kits and spare water bottles. Riders are welcome to leave spare wheels in these vehicles at the start.
There are two feed zones, one at Springvale about 42km into the race, and the second at Kuripapango about the 78km mark after the Gentle Annie climb and before blowhards. Water will be provided to fill your own bottles at these points. Any bottles/food you wish to have at these aid stations should be named and dropped off at registration.
Please note that for safety reasons we are actively discouraging private support vehicles on the course. We strongly encourage all riders leaving from Hawke's Bay to use our transport option ... it's the easiest and cheapest way to get to the start line.
Any vehicles that plan to travel from Taihape to Roosters Brew House, on the day of the ride, must leave before the ride starts at 10.30am.
What happens if i need to withdraw from starting the event?
If you need to withdraw you may transfer your entry to another person, or to next year's event. All requests MUST be received before 15 November 2020 and will be charged a $20 transfer fee. After this time no refunds or transfers are able to be processed. If you need to withdraw contact us
How long has the event been going for?
The Gentle Annie Bike Ride has been a fixture on the cycling calendar since the road was fully sealed in 2011.
Who is the event organiser?
Event Director: Steve Nicholls on behalf of the Ramblers Cycling Club
Race Day Director: SuperVision Sports
Any further questions?
Please contact us if you have any questions.