Race Timetable

Your Pass2Pub Planning Guide 

Pre-event Timetable
1 Enter Enter PlaceMakers Pass2Pub
2 Get into race condition Start training for the ride (click here for a novice training guide)
Find some mates to train with join a club
3 Get your bike up to spec Make sure your bike is in tip-top condition.  We recommend you take it to
The Cyclery, 106 Stafford St, Timaru for a check-over.
4 Prepare for race day Make sure you have all the gear, food, drinks and spare for race day
Se our check list "What to bring"
5 Pick up your race pack Saturday 4 March at PlaceMakers Timaru or
at the start on race day Sunday 5 March

RACE PACK COLLECTION (also known as Pre-Race Registration/Check-in)

All participants must register/check-in and collect their race pack including race number, timing transponder and some free promotional items.  Race Packs can be collected at PlaceMakers on Saturday 2 March OR at the race start on Sunday 3 March.. 

 Sat 2 March at PlaceMakers Timaru

10:00AM - 1:00PM   Pre-Race Registration/Check-in 
Register and collect your race pack at PlaceMakers, Hilton Highway, Timaru.  
Start your Pass2Pub party early - we'll be there with music, a free BBQ and some special PlaceMakers deals. 

SUN 3 March 36km Classic Event at Burkes Pass
8:00AM - 10:00AM Pre-Race Registration/Check-in Last time to register is 10am. Get there early!
8:00AM - 10:00AM Bring some cash to enjoy a pre-race caffeine hit with freshly brewed barista coffee and hot chocolate on site. Or get some of nature's energy from the Dole banana in your race pack.
10:15AM Compulsory Race Briefing all riders to attend
From 12:00PM The Finish Line After Race Party at the Albury Tavern
Approx 2:15PM Prize Giving - category awards and heaps of spot prizes
12:30PM & 3:00PM Shuttle bus service departs Albury for the start at Burkes Pass. One rider per car only, $5 per person must pre-book (do this during race the race entry process).



SUN 3 March 16km MINI Pass2Pub Event at Wairewa Cattle Yards (Waratah Road)

No Transport to the 16km start line from Albury.
You must make your own way to the start.
rom Albury via Chamberlain Road, Coal Pit Road and Waratah Road.

8:00AM - 10:00AM Pre-Race Registration/Check-in Last time to register is 10am. Get there early!
10:15AM Compulsory Race Briefing all riders to attend
From 12:00PM The Finish Line After Race Party at the Albury Tavern
Approx 2:30PM Prize Giving - category awards and heaps of spot prizes
  There is no shuttle bus service

Race Categories

Registration Categories for 36km Classic – (based on your age on race day)

Pass2Pub is not recommended for children under 8.  Competitors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult rider.

Junior (under 15)

Youth (15-18 years)

Open (19-34 years)

Vet 1 (35-44 years)

Vet 2 (45-54 years)

Vet 3 (55-64 years)

Vet 4 (65+ years)

Retro, Single Speed and Tandem are for the 36km Classic Event only

Retro - For bikes with no front or rear suspension, no clip-in pedals, no disc brakes, no carbon

Single Speed - Single speed bike (no gears/fixie)

Tandem (2 person team on 1 bike – each person must register and pay the appropriate registration fee)

Registration Categories for 16km Mini – (based on your age on race day)

Pass2Pub is not recommended for children under 8.  Competitors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult rider.

The P2P Mini is a recreational race.  Two categories of rider - Junior (under 19) and Senior (19+)

E-Bikes are permitted

You can enter the Pass2Pub and ride an e-Bike.  (Electric bike).  However e-Bikes are NOT eligible for any of the category/merit prizes. They can win spot prize draws.

Course Details & Maps

 For those of you familiar with the course, this is the area that is changed for 2018.  The Gravel section of Waratah Road is replace with on farm section, you then come back onto Waratah Road to ride up the sealed section (Manahune Hill) before taking a left hand turn into Manahune for some more off-road and exit on Limestone Valley Road and then into Coal Pit Road. Hope it makes it safer and a bit more interesting.

The 36km Classic Course (the 16km MINI Pass2Pub map is the last 16km of the Classic but a new map will be posted shortly).

Download a course map here or with distance markers here.  A course elevation chart is here (check it out - it's downhill all the way, although it might not seem like that at times).  


Course Description:

The race begins in a paddock off Rollesby Valley Road.  The course generally follows farm tracks or shingle country roads.  It runs through 12 farms, with several modest hills, two ride able river crossings and some long fast sections.  The course finishes in the paddock behind the Albury Tavern.

Several sections of the race are on public tracks and roads - some are shingle and some are sealed roads.  All tracks and roads are open to traffic and normal road rules apply.

The course is well marked with arrows and warning signs and is marshalled at key points by volunteers from the Albury Home and School Committee (cheers to them!).

The 4-wheel drive club provide a tail-end-charlie to pick up broken bikes and their riders.

ProMed (NZ) Ltd are providing event medic services and will be at various locations on the course.

Pre Race Check In

All riders must check-in before the race and collect race packs.  Race packs contain your transponder/timing chip, race plate (race number along with cable ties to secure it to your bike) and some sponsors goodies and if you are lucky, a spot prize voucher.  At check-in we confirm your details and you can find out who else is racing in your category.

We recommend you come to the PlaceMakers Pre-Race Check-In on Saturday 4March from 10am-1pm at PlaceMakers on Hilton Highway, Timaru.  It’s always a festival atmosphere with a free BBQ, live music and giveaways and special prize draws for everyone who pre-registers.  You can also make a late entry.

If you don’t check in on Saturday you can do so at the Registration tent, at the starting locations:

For the 36km Classic Event - this is Rollesby Valley Road, Burkes Pass.

For the 16km MINI Pass 2 Pub event - this is at Wairewa Cattle Yards, Waratah Road.

For both the Classic and the MINI, this registration opens at 8am and run through until 10am.  Be early and be patient.

On the day entries accepted - additional late fee applies.

Transponder (timing chips) and Race Plates (your race number)

All riders are issued with an electronic transponder timing chip and a race plate.

The transponder is cable tied to your front fork.  We will post some images of how this is done before the race and we will have people to assist at the start to make sure you have got it set up right. 

Your race plate is your race number and should be attached securely to the front of your bike (it needs to be able to be seen at all times, so make sure it stays on and is visible).

Your transponder and your race plate help us keep track of you during the race and is also used to record your time as you cross the finish line.  At the start of your race you will rider over a wire stretched across the trail.  This will tell us that you have started the race.  There is another wire at the halfway point of the Classic (the start of the Mini).  And another one at the finish line.

At the finish line we’ll have clippers available to take your transponder and race plate off the bike. You can then exchange it for a complimentary cool and refreshing drink from our sponsors.

Course Changes and Race Cancellation

The Pass2Pub race is staged in an exposed, high country area and in the case of flooding, snow, high winds, or weather conditions or any natural disaster that might affect rider safety, the Pass2Pub course may be changed or the race may be cancelled. This is unlikely, but if so the following measures will be put in place:

Course Changes:  If after an inspection of the course on Saturday or Sunday, the organisers deem it unsafe, the course may be changed.  In this case the start and finishing location will not change (although the start may be delayed).  During the compulsory pre-race briefing riders will be advised of the course changes.

Cancellation:  If the course (or alternatives) are deemed unsafe the event may be cancelled. In this case the decision would be made by 9:00am and posted on www.pass2pub.com, the Pass2Pub Facebook page and the PortFM cancellation service.

Refunds Policy:  In the unlikely event of change of course or cancellation, entry fees are non-refundable.

What to Bring

Firstly remember you ride at your own risk.  The course is well marked and well marshalled (on average one marshal every 2 kms) but we want you to be as self sufficient as possible. That said you don’t want to be too burdened down with lots of unnecessary extra kit.  Our tip - don’t take a huge backpack of gear – this is a 36km (or 16km) MTB race – not an Everest trek!!!  A small, well fitting back pack or hydration pack should be all you need or stuff it all in the pockets of your riding shirt.

At the start

There is NO fresh water at the start of the race.  You must bring your own water/hydration with you.

There are toilets and bring some cash to get a freshly brewed coffee or hot chocolate.

Bring with you

  • Your bike in good working order plus spares to keep you going for the whole of the race
  • Cycle clothing for any weather – it can change quickly so make sure you bring something for both hot and cold weather (you don’t have to bring just lycra - you can also bring fancy dress!)
  • Plenty of hydration and food to keep you going for the race
  • Family and friends to hang out with and support you
  • $$$ to purchase fresh coffee at the start
  • $$$ to purchase food and drinks at the finish line including the delicious Albury Home and School BBQ, fresh coffee and refreshments available from the Albury Tavern

Our tips on personal gear that each rider should take on the ride:

Clothing The race does travel through a hill country environment and the weather can be changeable so dress for the weather.  You can feel quite cold just before the race starts but once you get moving you will warm up quite quickly – so don’t overdress for the start. Wear a thermal under your riding shirt.  Obviously a good pair of riding shorts with a chamois or gel liner is a must.  A light shower jacket or vest is really useful and it is something to put on at the finish.

Remember to bring all the gear you will be riding in – cycling shoes (you will get wet feet), socks, shorts, riding top, gloves, helmet and glasses.  Don’t forget your helmet or shoes!!!

Food/Drink  Have a good breakfast before you arrive at the start.  When you check in you will get a couple of Dole bananas, but a gel/energy bar or two is great to carry with you.  I recommend Enervit.

You need about 1 litre of water for each hour of riding – more if it is a hot day.  I usually take a litre or more of water in my hydration pack and a bottle mixture of fluid replacement – I use Leppin Enduro Booster – I mix up half a bottle and freeze it overnight, then fill it up the next morning and take it to the race.  There is no fresh water at the start so you need to bring all your fluid for the race with you.  . And when you finish there will be refreshments available.

Equipment  Tools and spares – at least one spare tube (possibly two), tyre changing levers, a reliable pump, a set of mini-tools, chain lube, a chain breaker (learn how to use it).
First aid – sunblock, a few plasters, some headache pills, painkillers, antihistamine, cramp stop, any essential medication e.g. inhaler etc.

I also take a small amount of duct tape and a couple of cable ties – very handy for makeshift repairs to bike or body.

Remember a camera or phone to record the scenery and your achievements.

Gear Transfer  We will provide a gear transfer service from start to finish – this is a limited service for say a warm jacket or dry clothes.  If you want to use this service then you need to bring your gear to the registration tent at the start line - a bag with name and race number clearly marked. This service ends at 10am. This is an all care service but we take no responsibility for anything that goes wrong with your gear. You use this service at your own risk.


36km Classic:

There is a new starting point and new parking area.  Drive at a safe speed, follow the signs and you will locate the new parking area which is near to the start, Rollesby Valley Road, Burkes Pass.

Please follow the parking signs and follow the instructions of parking officials, who will direct you to the best car park area.

16km MINI:

Parking is off Waratah Road in the Cattle Yards or if these fill up down the hill.   Drive at a safe speed, follow the signs and you will locate the new parking area which is near to the start.

Finish Line:

At the finish line, parking is available in the side streets around the Albury Tavern or on the main highway.


There are two options for transporting you back from the finish to the start.

  • Post-Race: A shuttle bus will depart from Albury for Burkes Pass after the race. This service is for riders only and is limited to one rider per car. Departs 12.30pm and 3pm. $5 per rider. Pre-bookings essential.

The Finish Line

The finish line is in the paddock behind the Albury Tavern.  There is always a great atmosphere at the finish line with lots of supporters and spectators gathered to cheer riders through as they complete the race.  There is great music, food and drink for sale and entertainment for younger children.

All riders receive a complimentary drink after they finish the race.

Some of our sponsors will have displays.

Shade/shelter marquees are erected to keep away the elements.

The prizegiving gets underway about 2.15pm.

Prizes and Prizegiving

Prizes and Prizegiving - plenty of booty to be won!

Every entrant competes for a $10,000 prize pool.

The first male and first female finishers win the coveted Pass2Pub Farm Gate Trophies.

The first three finishers in each age group category will be acknowledged..

The Retro, Single Speed and Tandem categories will be acknowledged.

Novelty prizes will be awarded for Best Crash/Worst Luck - nominations to the Race Commentator prior to 1:30pm.

We have hundreds of spot prizes. Well over half of the spot prizes are pre-drawn from all the entries received as at closing date on 28 February (if you do a late entry you only go in the draw for the prizes drawn on the day).  Winners of pre-drawn spot prizes will have a voucher attached to their race plates.  Vouchers should be taken to the Spot Prize Marquee at the finish line where you can collect your prize.

All major spot prizes are awarded during the prizegiving.  Race plates are randomly selected and the winners are invited up to collect their prize.  If the winners are not present then the prize is redrawn.