The race went straight up this hill not far from Avalanche Creek there on the right. Not so intimidating from here. Unfortunately, I don't have great pictures of the top as it is a bit hidden. The trip up was pretty cool though. Once out of the trees (you can kind of see where it is bush not trees), the view was spectacular. We could see the whole valley and later Mt. Rolleston and the Crow Glacier with its ice fall.
I took these pictures of the Waimakariri River and the Bealy Bridge the next day as I rode from Authur's Pass to the University of Canterbury field station in Cass (hence the Spot in the picture). We had to run under the bridge. After that we had about 3km to go, still in the bloody river bed.