The Escape

international riders

The Escape

5 day riders

Welcome to the 1st running of The Escape stage race. We have spent many months discovering and putting together a scenic and challenging route that will leave fond memories. We have the support of the locals throughout the Hawkes Bay and the escape area’s where our race village will be filled with their warm and friendly welcome.


At registration you will receive your number boards and goodies as well as tent allocation.


Race briefing will explain how to get to the prologue at Hawkes Bay and your start times. These will also be up on a start list on the website once all entries are in and finalized.


For any last minute bike repairs or forgotten spares, there is a bike shop available in Whakatane, an hours drive North. We will carry some spares for basic repairs in the remote race villages.


Gill Williams with her 2 masseurs has many years experience on the ABSA Cape Epic and guarantee professional service.



The Escape

3 day riders

The Escape

essenatial packing list

  • Sleeping Bag
  •  Pillow
  • Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper)
  • Toiletries (ESSENTIALS + insect repellant & sunblock)
  • Any essential medicines, rehydrate (it does get hot in NZ)
  • Jandals (slip slops)
  • Towel
  • Costume (swimming trunks)
  • Casual clothes
  • Warm top & track pants (just in case the weather turns, this is NZ after all)
  • Cycling kit (this is a 5 day stage race so pack wisely)
  • Cycling shoes  + enough socks, gloves, sweat band,
  • Helmet (no helmet no ride)
  • Spare tubes, master chain link, spare derailleur drop out, multi tool, pump, shock pump, bombs/pump, cable ties, water bottles/camel back
  • Phone/GPS charger with your name on
  • Most importantly, a SENSE OF HUMOUR!!



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Welcome to the 1st The Escape stage race, even though you are doing the last 3 days, you will receive the same support and hospitality as the 5day riders. We have spent many months discovering and putting together a scenic and challenging route and you will be enjoying the last 3 spectacular and “slightly” easier days that will leave fond memories.


At registration you will receive your number boards and some goodies.

Flying with your bike?


For our international entrants, please ensure your bikes are professionally washed before flying into AKL. Get your local bike shop to give you an invoice to say that it has been properly cleaned. If there is any dirt/grass on your bike, MAF will charge to clean your bike for you at $250.  Make sure the airline is aware of the bicycle you are traveling with. There will be an extra charge as it is not considered sporting goods.


The sun/UV in NZ is harsh, please ensure you bring a good factor sunblock.


Do not bring nutrition with you, it will be confiscated at customs


You may be fined if it is found not declared.


If you have any medication you require to bring along. Get a note from your GP stating that you are a regular patient at their practice. Your medication will need to be accompanied by a valid and signed scrip on a legal script pad.


All medicine is to be sealed and in it's original packaging with the relevant inserts in the box.






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The Escape

The Escape 3 & half day international mountain bike stage race that takes place in New Zealand’s North Island. We have ensured that The Escape, is a uniquely Kiwi event. As far as possible we have sourced nearly every service needed to organise an event of this magnitude, from within the local community.


We believe in supporting local and in turn this support will improve the economy of the Hawkes Bay areas. We use local volunteers and venues to ensure the race has a uniquely Kiwi “flavour”, while also using the local facilities and communities along the route.


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