Up The Hill On Sunday 21st!

This event is about celebrating a cool day on the bike, and achieving goals that we once thought impossible. Stu Downs

The “Maungatuks Crazy” Rides

By Stu Downs and Roger Childs

Maungatuk climbOn Sunday 21 September, Maungakotukutuku Road, will be a hive of activity. This famous local climb off the south end of Valley Road, 4km from Paraparaumu, is a great favourite with walkers, runners, mountain bikers and cyclists. It’s a challenging, windy 2km with a sealed surface all the way.

Between 8am and 2pm on Sunday, cyclists will be climbing the 2km ascent to surpass a collective total of 1,000 climbs for the day. Anyone is welcome to have a go whether they are  professionals or just keen to give it a try.

Heaps of prizes

The event is designed so everyone who does ten or more climbs goes into the draw for some really cool spot prizes.  So many events see competitors leave feeling downhearted and disappointed with their performance. Not this one!

The male and female with the most climbs win a Hammer Nutrition bundle of goodies.

Additionally, all riders with 15 or more climbs are in the draw for a pair of Bolle sunglasses from Grylls, Keleher & Matthews Optometrists.  And everyone who completes ten or more climbs will be in the draw for a host of other spot prizes.

Maungatuk crazySetting targets

Earlier this year the No Shadows group went up the Maungatuks for a two hour session, and several cyclists did more than a single climb for the very first time.  Their goal now is ten climbs, with one of the people I’m coaching targeting a full 15 climbs in the 6 hours – not bad for someone who’s lining up Taupo for the first time this year. Stu Downs

Schedule on the Day: Sunday 21 September

7am – Collection of ride numbers, and riders entering on the day.
7:45am – Ride briefing.
8am – Ride starts.  (1 rider at a time).
2pm – Ride ends.
6pm – Dinner at The Boundary Tap and Kitchen.  (Family and friends welcomed).

100% of the proceeds to charity

The is a community focused event is giving 100% of proceeds to charity, with half each to

  • Wellington Free Ambulance
  • Heart Kids.  

Contacts and entry on the day
Contact Stu Downs directly for more information:

People can also get information about the event from the website:


On the day they can enter on Valley Road at the base of the Maungatuks climb.