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The Fellowship of the Chain Rings

  • 19 Mar 2022
  • 6:00 AM
  • 20 Mar 2022
  • 10:00 PM
  • Matamata


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A return to the lovely Matamata region, fullily enough, to where the first cases of Covid were recorded in 2020. On offer is a 400 or 600km ride.

All distances start and finish at the information centre in Matamata, all rides start at 6am.

The rides follow different courses.

Matamata is a good place to start from, as the first 30kms is a gentle downhill run. It can get cold, early in the morning though. Matamata also has good eating options for the end of the day rides.

Fellowship of the Chain Ring 400

400.90kms 1,318m of climbing

Time limit for the 400 is 27 hours.

Start time: Saturday 6am

Finish time: Sunday 9am.

The course does an initial loop up to Elstow -Waihou, before passing through Te Aroha on its way to Morrinsville. From Morrinsville, the course heads up to the Waharau Regional Park, before returning to Paeroa for a meal break, and then to Matamata to finish.


Matamata: 0kms

Te Aroha: 105 (Mokena Geyser)

Morrinsville: 155kms

Ngatea: 219kms

Paeroa: 329kms

Matamata: 400kms

Fellowship of the Chain Ring 600

Time limit for the 600 is 40 hours.

Start time: Saturday 6am

Finish time: Sunday 10pm

602.50kms 2,344m of climbing

Day 1

354.70kms 1,364m of climbing

Day One heads out towards Morrinsville, Hunlty, Rangiriri, Ngaruawahia and returns to Matamata.


Morrinsville: 116kms

Rangiriri: 182kms

Ngaruawahia 213kms

Morrinsville: 277kms

Matamata: 355kms

Day 2

247.80kms 980m of climbing

Day two is a flat ride up to Waharaui Regional Park and back. 


Ngatea: 82 kms (cumulative 437kms)

Kaiaua Return: 134 kms (489 kms)

Te Aroha: 208 kms (563 kms)

Matamata: 248 kms (600 kms)

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