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Coppermine

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 4.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This ride heads up around the Dun Mountain Trail along the banks of the Maitai River.


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Map Key

26.1

Miles

42.0

KM

50%

Singletrack

2,875' 876 m

High

52' 16 m

Low

4,091' 1,247 m

Up

4,090' 1,247 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

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Overview

This classic course completes a 40km loop of Nelson's stunning lush forests and mineral belt, including a fun and flowing descent that drops 850m. It stays on the Dun Mountain Trail all the way to Third House and on to the historic Coppermine Saddle. This course is an excellent recreational ride. It has less climbing than the Epic and does not require the same technical skills, but it's still a challenge.

Description

The loop starts at the picturesque Almond Tree Flat, on the banks of the Maitai River. The course leads onto the Maitai River Track and along to the end of the golf course. Riders then take a right turn and join a dirt road passing the water pounds and up a short sharp climb to the Tantragee Saddle. From here the course drops down to the Dun Mountain Trail before it begins it's gradual climb up to the Coppermine Saddle. 5km of easy riding gets you to the Four Corners Junction. The Classic continues straight ahead at this point continuing along the Dun Mountain Trail to Third House, a section of 5km of gentle climbing track through stunning native bush.

A clearing in the forest canopy is the first sign you have reached the historic Third House point. From here its straight on to the Wells Ridge intersection and the 15km mark. At this point the Classic and Epic courses rejoin (Epic riders having been to the 900m summit of Fringed Hill and descended Black Diamond Ridge) and continue on an easy route up the Dun Mountain Trail through native beech, eventually entering the stark and epically beautiful mineral belt section. The track smoothes out for a fast ride to Windy Point and past the original cromite mine shaft on the way to Coppermine Saddle, not that you'll have the time to look at it. This is the halfway mark at 20km.

From here the fun really starts as its mostly downhill to the finish. This descent has had a full remake in recent years and with some very skilled work by the teams at Bikeworks and Nelmac is now one of most flowing pieces of singletrack in New Zealand. Everyone will love this section as it caters for all abilities and is a lot of fun to ride. The landscape is amazing and the scenery breathtaking. The lower section remains fast as you descend through native forest over the new bridge and out to the Maitai Dam. The course stays left and follows the new pipeline track for several km before dropping down to the Maitai River, crossing the road, up a short pinch climb and along some fun singletrack.

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Shared By:

Richard Croad

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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  4.7 from 3 votes
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Relief for your brake fingers as the descent mellows and you cross the South Maitai Bridge
Aug 7, 2017 near Nelson, NZ
The descent into the South Branch of the Maitai begins
Aug 7, 2017 near Nelson, NZ
Approaching Coppermine Saddle
Aug 7, 2017 near Nelson, NZ
The view south from Coppermine Saddle across the mineral belt to the Richmond Ranges
Aug 7, 2017 near Nelson, NZ
Leaving Windy Point behind the trail sidles across the mountainside to Coppermine Saddle
Aug 7, 2017 near Nelson, NZ
Approaching Windy Point soon after leaving the beech forest
Aug 7, 2017 near Nelson, NZ

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