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Route Overview

General Overview
The Boot Route ride is a full day exploration ride starting off in Christchurch, heading east through the Canterbury Plains, venturing through the foothills of the Main Divide, into the Canterbury High Country and then returns to Christchurch. For a single day ride this route takes you through a high number of landscape changes including lakes, rivers and valleys. This route is structured around tarmac and gravel roads that focus on scenic value rather than technical riding.

The name Boot Route came from the fact the route outline on the map is in the shape of an old boot!
Start/Finish Point
This route has a natural start/finish point at Christchurch however the full route is a loop so it can be started and finished from any point you choose.
Terrain includes
The terrain on this route chops and changes between tarmac roads and gravel roads up to Grade 2 . The route poses no real challenging terrain however there are half a dozen small stream fords and one small river crossing. At normal flow rates, the stream fords and small river crossing normally run at just over axle deep and poses no real challenge however it is important to check the weather forecast before departing to ensure river levels will be fordable.

There is an additional GPS route included in this route package that offers a detour to the river crossing should unexpected weather force you to take a detour.
Distance
315 km total distance.
Max Fuel Leg
163 km.
Ride Time
Conservative seat riding time is 6.5 hours however this will vary depending on your riding style. There are a number of spots to stop for lunch or have a look around so to get the most out of the route, ideally allow a full day to give you plenty of time without rushing.
Access Permission
No permission is needed for this route, all the tarmac and gravel roads are legally accessible to the public.
Access Limitations
With regard to the one river crossing and the high altitude you will be riding at, this route is not recommended (and highly likely to be inaccessible) at times of heavy rain or snow. Information within the route package will allow you to check conditions and river flows before you depart.

Legs in this Exploration Route

Overview
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Leg 1 <span>(20 photos)</span>
Leg 1 (20 photos)
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Downloads
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Riders that have completed this Exploration Route

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Hollobon
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