Entries for the 2021 event will close at 5.00pm on Thursday 4th February 2021
Regular Entry: Wednesday 9th December – Monday 11th January 2021
- Individual Milford Mountain Classic $150.00
- Junior (U19) Individual Milford Mountain Classic $120.00
Late Entry Fees: Tuesday 12th January 2021 – 5.00pm Thursday 4th February 2021
- Individual Milford Mountain Classic $175.00
- Junior (U19) Individual Milford Mountain Classic $140.00
Note: The minimum age to enter the Milford Mountain Classic is 18 years of age on race day.
Competitor numbers for the Milford Mountain Classic will be limited to 160 riders.
- In the event of a change of route, cancellation of the event due to any act beyond the power of the organisers, or dissatisfaction, the organisers are under no obligation to refund fees paid.
- There will be no fee refunds for non-use of entry.
- Withdrawals before 24th December 2020 will receive a 50% refund.
- Withdrawals from 25th December 2020 will receive no refund.
- No refunds will be granted should the event be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions or other circumstances. Paid entry fees will be transferred to the following year.
The Milford Mountain Classic will be a tough but memorable ride through the spectacular and unique scenery of an area that has been long described as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Preparation and your competitiveness will determine your result, but we believe this to be one of NZ’s most scenic and spectacular road cycling events. The most important things to think about include:
- Personal preparation (e.g. your bikes condition, fitness and nutrition)
- Event transport and accommodation
- Weather conditions
More relevant information and a forecast sent out a few days prior ...
While your Meridian Milford Mountain Classic entry fee does not include transport to the start of the race, we do offer a competitor and bike transport service for the event. Pre-event transport to the start of the Meridian Milford Mountain Classic in Milford Sound, needs to be indicated in the online entry process. The cost for this service is $15 per person.
Departure is from Meridian Marquee – where you previously registered.
Getting to the start line
Milford Sound township is 120km from Te Anau (State Hwy 94), the start of the Meridian Milford Mountain Classic event.
Click here to download a map of the township and specifically the Freshwater Basin parking & race start locations.
To drive through to Milford Sound, allow a minimum of 2 hours from Te Anau – longer if you intend stopping at any of the tourist scenic spots on the way through!
Ensure you have sufficient fuel to return to Te Anau, as there is no longer petrol or diesel for purchase by the public at Milford Sound.
Upon arrival at Milford please follow the directional signs and marshals into the Deepwater Basin Carpark, also where coaches and the bike transport will disembark.
Note: Our new start time is 12.45pm, at Deepwater Basin exit (just south of the Milford Airfield), is timed for when the majority of tourists will be out on their 12.30 Milford Sound launch cruises, giving riders relatively empty roads back to Te Anau.
Registration will take place in the Meridian event marquee in Lions Park on Mokonui St, Te Anau.
- Saturday 6th Feb: between 6.30pm – 8.00pm
- Sunday 7th Feb: between 7.30am – 11.30am
A short, compulsory race briefing will be held immediately prior to the start at the assembly area, adjacent to start line of the Milford Mountain Classic. The briefing contains important safety information that you need to know to complete the event.
Warm-up will only be allowed on the section from the start (at the town boundary) to the Gulliver Bridge – approx 6.5kms up the valley; only from 1 hour prior to the start.
Our officials and moto scouts will “round” you up, pre-start in time for the race briefing and your actual departure.
- Total Length: 120km
- Starting Elevation: sea level
- Highest Elevation: 940m above sea level at the Eastern Portal of the Homer Tunnel at 101kms to go (King of the Mountain location)
- Ending Elevation: 220m above sea level at 120km
- Distance Markers: Every 10km from 80km to go until 10km to go, then 5km, 3km, 1km to go.
NZTA identify residual diesel fumes from vehicles (especially the tourist coaches), as a potential hazard to competitors. Passage through the tunnel is the final 1.2kms of the major climb (at 11%) and competitors need to be aware that some fumes residue may be present and that you recognise this may constitute a hazard. By entering the MMC, you acknowledge this hazard and do not have any serious pre-existing medical conditions that may be exacerbated by any residual fumes. (Most coaches are anticipated to be through the tunnel approx. 2 hours before competitors arrive).
The surface of the tunnel has been recently fully resealed.
The organisers also draw attention to the limited lighting in the Homer Tunnel. Riders should keep left unless passing.
Homer Tunnel Eastern Portal to the Hollyford Valley turnoff
The descent from the Homer Tunnel exit down to the Monkey Creek flats includes a sharp right-hand curve with an unforgiving camber if taken too fast.
The section in the vicinity of Falls Creek – along the upper Hollyford River is winding, rolling and narrow with very unforgiving run-offs: large boulders hidden among the small scrubby trees!
As there are no road closures on the course normal road rules apply throughout the duration of the event. Emergency vehicles and race officials will be constantly moving around the main bunches so keep any eye out for oncoming vehicles at any time.
Nutrition and Dehydration
You are responsible for your own fuel. There will be 2 aid stations along the course, but make sure you stay hydrated and keep nutrition levels up throughout the course.
Care in the National Park
The first 80kms of the event is through the Fiordland National Park. We are required to leave the National Park as we found it so would greatly appreciate all riders and supporters removing their own rubbish. Drink bottle drop-zones will be indicated immediately before and after each of the aid station. Here, drink bottles can be ditched in the water-table alongside the road. Littering the course may jeopardise the future of this race so please take out what you bring in.
The Milford Mountain Classics three sub-events all finish along the Lakefront – opposite Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas premises, Southern Discoveries and The Moose Restaurant & Bar.
The Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villa’s sloping lawns make an ideal vantage point.
We recommend supporters and spectators park at the Lakefront end of Town Centre (i.e. the “Main Street”), or further along past the Town Centre Roundabout to the West.
Terms and Conditions of Entry
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