Food

There are plenty of great options for food throughout the event. The region is known for its paddock to plate philosophy and its crafty beers. In fact, you can take advantage of the local food trucks, pubs, and cafes and “eat out” on gourmet food the entire race.

There will be hot water available at the Camps if you want to cook up some noodles or need a hot brew.

Breakfast All Locations

STANDARD – The standard option for brekky is BYO. There will be kettles at each Camp for hot water. There will also be a coffee van for those who need an early morning brew.

DELUXE ADD ON – Treat yourself to one of our gourmet Breakfast Boxes each morning. These boxes are pre-ordered with your entry and are stuffed full of local treats designed keep your stomach settled and give you the calories you need to get going. Vegetarian and vegan options available. Brekky boxes are an Add On to your entry fee and set you back $15 per box. A typical box may have;

  • Freshly picked blue berries from Blue Tier Blueberries
  • Award winning cheese from Pyengana Dairy
  • Large Portion of Fresh Sour Dough from Leavenbank Sour Dough in St Helens topped with Rolled Ballantyn Butter
  • Free Range Hard Boiled Eggs paired with Fresh ham off the bone from Scottsdale Paddock Bred Pork 
  • A small tub of locally made yogurt

Photo: Jasper da Seymour

Photo: Jasper da Seymour

Lunch

The vast majority of participants will be out riding in the middle of the day so make sure you pack some snacks for the ride.  The aid stations along each days stage will have a selection of fruit and small snacks for riders.  When you get to the finish line each day there will be local quick food options to sate your hunger so don’t forget to put a card or some cash in your pocket.

Dinner

You are welcome to enjoy some of the best local cuisines right at the campsites each night.

Night 1 – Branxholm (small town) – There will be a selection of food trucks as well as a local community group providing a range of yummy dinner options. Alternately, it is a short stroll to the local IGA (small supermarket), pub and cafe to pick up something from there.

Night 2 – Weldborough Pub – Famous for its enormous lunches, the pub has promised to put on something special for dinner. Stay tuned for details.  Please note – there are no shops in Weldborough so if you don’t plan to eat at the pub, make sure you pack something else for dinner.

Night 3 & 4 – St Helens – There will be a variety of food available at the campsite from local community groups and food trucks.  Alternately jump on your bike for a short cruise into town where there are plentiful pickings to be had. Everything from a funky beer garden with Vietnamese tacos to the selection of pubs with hearty pub meals. You can’t leave St Helens without trying the scallops…. More details and specials will be released as we get closer to the event.

BYO Dinners – You are welcome to bring your own dinners and prepare these at the Race Camps. There kettles for boiling water and a washing up area but no other cooking facilities or utensils. If you are planning to cook your own meals ensure to bring your own camping stove and pots. You can pre-order a gas canister for your stove with your entry if you’re flying in and collect this at registration.

Photo: Flow Mountain Bike

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