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Aorere Junior Enduro Powered by Gravity

April 29 @ 8:00 pm April 30 @ 4:00 am NZST

Aorere Junior Enduro – Powered by Gravity Nelson – $50 per rider

Gravity Nelson is excited to bring this year’s Gravity Junior Enduro to the Aorere Race weekend schedule. The addition of the Junior Enduro to the weekend events will now give younger riders the opportunity to experience the challenge of completing a multi-stage race. With the explosion of technical skills among younger riders around the country the idea is for riders to race a course almost as hard as this year’s adult Aorere course, but with shorter stages and more breaks. To cater to the spectrum of abilities there will be an advanced course and an intermediate course.

By running the junior event parallel to the open categories, younger riders will be able to rub shoulders with well-known riders from across the nation and get inspired to ride the main event in years to come. 

Ages: Under 18 (as of 31 December 2023).

(Riders under 10yo need to apply to Gravity for sign-off).

Course Options:

Shuttle to the Start of Fringed DH (FDH Skid), 
Liaison: Riders make their way to the top of Te Ara Koa.  
Stage One: Te Ara Koa (First Section) to FDH Skid.
Stage Two: Te Ara Koa (Second Section) FDH Skid down to the crossing of Classic.  
Stage Three: Te Ara Koa (Third Section) Crossing of Classic to Dun. 

Join Intermediate course


Dropped off at Tantregee saddle.
Liaison: Pedal to Te Ara Koa where it crosses Dun (ie Tracky Mctrack face) 
Stage one: Tracky McTrack Face full track. 
Liason: Pedal from the end of Te Ara Koa to Hot Box via Firball Road.
Stage 2 (intermediate) Stage 5 (advanced): Full Hot Box to Maitai.
Liaison: Pedal from the bottom of Hot Box to the golf course
Liaison: Pedal up from the golf course to Loam Ranger or Mr. Chomper.
Stage 3 (intermediate) Stage 6 (advanced): Mr chomper.

Parents are encouraged to have their kids pre-ride a full Te Ara Koa run (with stops along the way) and a Hot Box before signing up for the race to ensure they are going to be comfortable racing at this level.  

A note for parents and caregivers who are unfamiliar with Nelson trails: 

Please be aware that although this event is named a Junior Enduro, your children need to be comfortable riding hard Grade 4 or solid Grade 5 trails. We would advise all parents to please pre-ride the trails with their children prior to the event. Feel free to get in touch with Gravity to organise coaching on these tracks, or shuttles up to them.


Body Protection: 
The following safety equipment is compulsory. Full-face helmet (chin bar style helmets are allowed), knee pads, gloves, and elbow pads. It is highly recommended that children race in a neck brace.

Bicycle Safety: 
Bicycles need to be in excellent condition for this race and should be inspected by a mechanic before the race. If you have any doubts at all about the condition or safety of your bicycle please take it to Gravity Nelson for inspection. Riders must race on full suspension (For exemption please contact Gravity Nelson). Disc brakes are required.