40km Mountain Bike Ride from Shantytown to Moana (Lake Brunner).
Gold Trail is an amazing ride through the history of the West Coast and the Gold Trails that both our ancestors and many Chinese walked in the search for their riches of the Gold of the West Coast.
You will start in the history created of Shantytown. Until the Gold Trail Mountain Bike Ride there has never been a peloton of mountain bike rider's ride down the Main Street of Shantytown. "This is a first" and it not happens once a year, why not be one of those enjoying the experience?
If you are a first time rider to an elite rider - then this is the bike ride for you. You're going to see some of the untouched beauty of the West Coast of New Zealand. The beauty of the nature creeks, ferns, pungas, the mighty rimu trees and natural flowing creeks, couple with the forestry roads with plenty of surprises.
If the start in Shantytown doesn't get to you, then the beauty of Moana and Lake Brunner will as you cross the Arnold River via the swing bridge into Moana, then the Lake front as you head to the Moana Hotel. What a way to finish with a beer waiting for you?
In 2024 there are two options for the race. 1st option is going up Cockeye Creek and the 2nd is going up Mosquito Creek. Both rides are the same distance, but Cockeye Creek is 30 minutes slower for the lead riders and up to 90 minutes slower for the tail end riders.
The last 24km of the race will be the same for everyone, just the first part differs. If you are a seasoned mountain bike rider, do Cockeye Creek, if you are out to enjoy some of the countries best Untamed scenery, then Mosquito Creek is the best option.
With the two options it gives everyone the chance to experience the amazing Untamed West Coast.