Canterbury MTB Events Calendar - 2003 past events

This calendar was compiled by Adventure Events and is a list of events that have been and gone and have been shifted over from the main calendar page. See the main calendar page for the colour code.

Click here for 2004 events.

Sat 11 January 03 - Nationals Series Race 1 - Wanaka
http://www.nzmba.org.nz/

Sun 19 January 03 - Nationals Series Race 2 - Nelson
http://www.nzmba.org.nz/

Thur 6 February 03 (Waitangi Day) - Howes Brothers MTB Races - Fairlie
Two races: The Farm Track MTB Race (22km) for rec to intermediate riders, and The Spur Rd/ Bridle Track MTB Race (35km) for more serious riders. Both start and finish at the Fairlie Domain. Pre-entry costs $15-20 and entry forms are available in shops now. http://www.mtbpursuits.com/evHowes.htm

15-16 February 03 - The Pedal E.P.I.C - Bannockburn, Otago
A new 2-day MTB orienteering event, with 8 hours allowed on the first day and 4 on the second. Overnight, you stay at the old Bannockburn School (bunkrooms and camping). Travel is on roads, 4WD tracks, and untracked tussock country. Teams of 2 to 4 riders. Variation from standard navigation events by having cryptic clues. www.epicnavigation.com/

Sun 16 February 03 - Mountainbike orienteering fun day - Bottlelake
A Christchurch City Council fun day (ie. NOT a race) organised by Peninsula and Plains Orienteers. They are organsing a fixed course (ie. not a score event) designed to get people interested in MTBO and orienteering in general. Entry is free. Head along if you have never given MTBO a go or even if you just want to become a little more familiar with it. Staggered starts available 11am to 12.30pm.

Sun 16 February 03 - Kaiwara Classic - North Canterbury
A new 45km point-to-point adventure race from Culverden to Cheviot. $30, includes lunch. Entry forms in bike shops now. Contact Terry Ashley, Cheviot Lions Club, phone 03 3198388

Sun Feburary 23 - Flockhill Muster - Flockhill
This event did not go ahead in 2003 but hopefully will be back again in 2004. An adventure race through the fantastic scenic Flockhill Station. 30km, 45km and 60km loop courses on mostly undulating 4WD tracks. Contact Stu at Hornby Cycles, Phone 349 3372. Great event with an awesome post-race lunch.

22 January to 26 February 03 - Twilight Series - Bottlelake
Wednesday evenings for 6 consecutive weeks. http://www.bluedogevents.co.nz/

1-2 March 03 - Goldfields Classic - Otago
A 2-day event that starts and finishes in Berwick staying the Sat night at Lawrence. 70km each day using mostly roads with some tracks. $135, entry forms in bike shops now. http://www.goldfieldsclassic.co.nz/

Sun 2 March 03 - Karapoti Classic - Lower Hutt
NZ's longest standing MTB event, now in it's 18th year. A very popular 50km loop adventure race just north of Wellington. Entry in most categories is $50. Entry forms in bike shops now. Organised by the Kennett Brothers. http://www.karapoti.co.nz/

8-9 March 03 - Cyclic Saga - Mt Torlesse Station, Springfield
A very popular 2-day orienteering-type event for teams of 2, 3 or 4 riders that is in a different location each year. Entry is $120 and entry forms are available now. http://www.cyclicsaga.co.nz/


Fleet Cycles
Port Hills Evening Series
Upper East Side Bush, Victoria Park
  • Race 1 - Tuesday 18 February
  • Race 2 - Tuesday 25 February
  • Race 3 - Tuesday 4 March
  • Race 4 - Tuesday 11 March

    Nice forest circuit using singletrack and doubletrack that stays within the fantastic Upper East Side Bush
    Organised by Adventure Events. $8. Enter on the night at the Victoria Park top skid site, just up from the Visitors Centre. Reg from 6pm, briefing at 6.40pm, race at 6.45pm
    More info on the events page at http://www.mountainbike.orcon.net.nz/, or phone 980 9432


    Sat 15 March 03 - Rainbow Rage - St Arnaud
    A popular point-to-point event that travels the 106km from St Arnaud to Hanmer via the easy gravel Rainbow Road. http://www.rainbowrage.co.nz/

    Sun 23 March 03 - Pass to Pub - Burkes Pass to Albury
    32km ride from Burkes Pass to the Albury Tavern, utilising gravel roads and 4WD tracks. $20 (less if at school). $5 late fee after 19th March. Contact The Cyclery at Timaru

    Sat 29 March 03 - Le Race - Christchurch to Akaroa
    A 100km point-to-point race all on sealed roads but has heaps of hills and is popular with some mountainbikers. Entry is $70 and entry forms are available now. http://www.lerace.co.nz/

    Sun 6 April 03 - NZ National MTB Champs - Blenheim
    An XC event to be held on the very popular Jentree Farm course
    http://www.nzmba.org.nz/


    Sun 6 April 03 - Mt Peel MTB Marathon and Blue Mountain Gorges Challenge - Mt Peel
    Two great adventure races: A gruelling 85km loop which has over 2300m of climbing and an easier 55km loop with only 1000m of climbing. Contact ibike@timaru.co.nz. http://www.thecyclery.co.nz/mtb_events.htm. Entry forms in shops now

    9 April to 28 May 03 - Night Series - Bottlelake
    Wednesday evenings for 8 consecutive weeks. http://www.bluedogevents.co.nz/

    Sun 27 April 03 - Prebbleton Pit MTB event - race 1 - Prebbleton
    Will be held on Sun 4 May if wet. 1 km course distance from 2 laps to 25 min. Several categories. Most are $8, cheaper for younger riders. Prebbleton Pit is 1 km south of Prebbleton Hotel (on Springs Rd, opposite cemetry). Entries close 15 minutes prior to start. Race starts 3pm. Organised by the City Club. Contact Nigel for more details on 322 4747 or email nigeldent@xtra.co.nz

    Sun 27 April 03 - Reiker Cycles Mt Dobson MTB Race - Mt Dobson Skifield Rd
    Up to 3 laps of a 14km XC loop that includes the gravel skifield road and farm 4WD tracks. http://www.mtbpursuits.com/evReiker.htm

    Sun 4 May 03 - Yahoo Challenge - North Canterbury
    Up to 3 laps of a 13.8km XC loop. Phone 03 313 5298 or email race@pushbikes.co.nz
    Entry forms are in shops now and info is available online here


    9-10 May 03 - Cateye Moonride - Rotorua
    New Zealand's only 24-hr MTB event. There is also a 12-hr option and both are open to individuals or teams of 5 riders. Both events use an 8km circuit that takes about 30 minutes. http://www.moonride.co.nz/

    Sat 24 May 03 - Bivouac Mt Isobel Challenge (Duathlon) - Hanmer
    8km 1000m climb mountain run + 20km MTB. Phone 03 315 7383. Entry forms in shops now or available here

    Sun 25 May 03 - Prebbleton Pit MTB event - race 2 - Prebbleton
    Will be held on Sun 8 June if wet. 1 km course distance from 2 laps to 25 min. Several categories. Most are $8, cheaper for younger riders. Prebbleton Pit is 1 km south of Prebbleton Hotel (on Springs Rd, opposite cemetry). Entries close 15 minutes prior to start. Race starts 3pm. Organised by the City Club. Contact Nigel for more details on 322 4747 or email nigeldent@xtra.co.nz

    Sun 1 June 03 - RUN 79 Lake Tekapo MTB Pursuit - Lake Tekapo
    A 90km ride on easy gravel roads around Lake Tekapo.
    $250 cash to the fastest guy and girl! http://www.mtbpursuits.com/evTekapo.htm


    Laurie Dawe Cycles Winter Series
    Race 1 - Bottlelake, Sun June 8
    Race 2 - Orton Bradley, Sun July 13 (postponed from July 6th due to snow storm)
    Race 3 - Montgomery Spur, Sun Aug 3
    Race 4 (final) - Ashley Forest, Sun Sept 7
    http://www.bluedogevents.co.nz/


    Bicycle Business Montana Winter Carnival MTB Night Race Series - Bottlelake
    16, 23, 30 July, 6 Aug (Wednesday nights) starting at 6:30pm. Phone Rod on 381 6333

    Sun 24 August - The Classic Hits Caveman MTB Race - Cave, South Canterbury
    Mix of terrain with awesome views. Starts and finishes at the Cave Arms Tavern (just off state highway between Timaru and Fairlie). For more details check out http://www.thecyclery.co.nz/Mtb%20Events.htm or email ibike@xtra.co.nz. Click here for an entry form.

    3, 10, 17 September 03 - Bivouac Night Navigation Series - Bottlelake
    Wednesday evenings for 3 consecutive weeks. Great introduction to MTBO. As they are at night, you will need a good light (preferably fixed to your helmet) for these events. 1 hour score events. $10 per event or $25 for all three (paid on first night).
    Organised by Peninsula & Plains Orienteers, email nightnav@hotmail.com


    Sat 20 September 03 - R&R Sport MTB-Orienteering Event - Waikouaiti, North Otago
    Score event with 4, 2 and 1 hour ride options. Waikouaiti is about 4 hours South on SH1. For more details click here
    http://www.dunedinorienteering.com/



    Saturday 4 October 2003
    iRULE Trailquest
    This event was cancelled in 2003
    Carter Holt Harvey Forest, Hanmer Springs
    Event 1 of the Canterbury House MTBmedley series

    The feedback following a similar event in 2002 was "more, more, more!" So make sure you don't miss out this year. This type of event is great fun. The navigation side of the race is easy. Basically it is an opportunity to ride in a great location with you choosing the course, pace and length of time you want to ride (2, 3 and 5 hour options available). Organised by Adventure Events
    More info on the events page at http://www.mountainbike.orcon.net.nz/, or phone 980 9432


    Sun 5 October 03 - Challenge Multisport Events - Christchurch
    Two events: Duathlon consists of 12km MTB + 13km run. Multisport consists of 17km run + 25km bike + 16km Kayak + 10km MTB. Team and individual categories. Entry forms available from Dave Truscott by phoning 025 350 404 or 382 4115 or by emailing trussie@quicksilver.net.nz

    Bicycle Business MTB Twilight Series - Bottlelake
    Wednesday evenings for 6 consecutive weeks starting 8 October. $10 enter-on-the-night. Registration from 6.30pm, race 7pm. For more info call Rod on 021 288 6908 or 381 6333

    Sun 12 October 03 - South Island Masters Games XC - Bottlelake
    30km course, $25 entry. Competitors must be >35 years (as at 12 Oct). Email Stu at Hornby Cycles or check out http://www.simastersgames.co.nz/.


    Sunday 19 October 2003
    Adventure Magazine Hillclimb
    Mt Thomas, North Canterbury
    Event 1 of the Canterbury House MTBmedley series

    Carter Holt Harvey Forest, about 50 minutes from Christchurch. 12km, 860m climb. Awesome climb with great views of Canterbury. Organised by Adventure Events
    More info on the events page at http://www.mountainbike.orcon.net.nz/, or phone 980 9432



    Saturday 8 November 2003
    Mainland Outdoors MTB Adventure
    McDonald Downs, Waipara Valley
    Event 2 of the Canterbury House MTBmedley series

    Another awesome event that received fantastic feedback in 2002. Last year's two courses have been improved with far less gravel and heaps more 4WD - now 55km (2150m climbing) and 35km (1300m of climbing), and with the addition of a third easier 23km (650m climbing) course. Pre-entry is $35 or enter on the day for $45 (entry includes lunch). Organised by Adventure Events
    More info on the events page at http://www.mountainbike.orcon.net.nz/, or phone 980 9432


    Sat 15 November 03 - 'Not the Nationals' XC - Naseby
    Race 1 of the Otago MTB Series. www.mountainbike.co.nz/clubs/otago/


    Sat 22 November 03 - Crayfish Trail - North Canterbury
    A point-to-point event of about 25km on the Kaikoura Coastal Track www.coolrunning.co.nz/nelsonstriders/ or phone 03 548 3655

    Sat 22 November 03 - Molesworth Muster - Molesworth Station
    A 80km point-to-point adventure ride on an easy gravel road from Molesworth Station to Hanmer. Entry is $89. http://www.bluedogevents.co.nz/


    Saturday 29 November 2003
    Fleet Cycles Vulcaniser Multi-lap XC
    Mt Vulcan Station (just over an hour's drive north of ChCh on the Omihi Coast)
    Event 3 (final) of the Canterbury House MTBmedley series

    Don't miss this one. Awesome coastal hill course with loads of purpose built bush singletrack. Seperate men's and women's races. Pre-entry is $25 oir enter on the day for $30 (entry includes lunch). Organised by Adventure Events. More info on the events page at http://www.mountainbike.orcon.net.nz/, or phone 980 9432

    Sat 29 November 03 - Bannockburn Pub-to-Pub Gutbuster - Bannockburn
    A 75km point-to-point Adventure Ride from Garston to Bannockburn via the Nevis Road (includes two big hills). Entry forms in shops now. Entry up till 24 Nov is $20, afterwhich is $30 http://www.cromwell.org.nz/

    Sat 6 December 03 - The Grand Traverse - Blenheim
    Mountainbike the newly opened Grand-Traverse trail along Marlborough's Wither Hills (Blenheim). Includes a 400m+ climb of Mt Vernon and single track descents through the Taylor Pass Mountainbike Park. Approx 2 hour duration, starting at 2pm. Entry is $20, no extra charge for late / on the day entry. Cash prizes across all expert catergories + spot prizes. Email Andy Reid at andyreid51@hotmail.com for more info. Click here for an entry form (165k)

    Sun 7 December 03 - Haggis Basher XC - Bethunes Gully, Dunedin
    Race 2 of the Otago MTB Series. www.mountainbike.co.nz/clubs/otago/


    Nelson 4 Peaks - Nelson
    This event did not going ahead in 2003, but expected to be back on the calendar in 2004.
    A great event for climbers - the 39km course that is a mix of singletrack, 4WD and rough gravel roads, climbs four of the local peaks of Nelson, totalling to around 1500m. www.dirtbike.net.nz/4peaks

    Sun 21 December 03 - Social ride - Craigieburn
    Canterbury Mountainbike Club social ride. Meet at Yaldhurst Pub, 8.15am Ride Organiser - Darren on 382-1011. Ride up the ski field access road, and then cutting across the lower slopes of the skifield, past the trendy wee ski field huts, across some scree slopes and coming back down the other side of the spur through some splendid beech forest single track. A small amount of fitness is required for the climb (imagine grovelling up the steep part of Rapaki for an hour), and some single track skills required for the descent (otherwise itís quite a walk). Even if itís cold, bring insect repellent in addition to the usual essential equipment remembering thereís a good chance that there will still be snow up there.

    Tue 30 December 03 - Bannockburn MTB Classic - Bannockburn
    Classic ride of 35km, Sport ride of 22km and Recreational ride of 10km. http://www.cromwell.org.nz/

    Click here for 2004 events.

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