Hi again everyone, hindsight is a wonderful thing, it allows a female deer to see behind her and it allows humans to change there minds whilst saving face ;-)
I rode the first climbs of the LPB2015 again last night. I really really enjoy them, they are a real challenge due to the very rocky, sketchy nature of them. They are fun on a full suspension bike, the rocks on the Port Hills are unforgiving. They are not fun on a fully rigid bike (and I shudder to think what they'd be like on a 'cross bike), the challenging nature just becomes an annoyance that nobody needs at the start of a 300km climbfest.
Consequently I have taken out the Greenwood/Mt Pleasant and Castle Rock tracks from the course. You will still climb from Sumner to Evans Pass via the Captain Thomas track (please note there are three rock sections that you will have to walk) but from there we will follow the Summit Road all the way to the start of the Witch Hill track.
I have updated the ridewithgps.com map and will send out revised .gpx files and cue sheets.