Mountainbike events calendar - 2011 past events

This calendar was compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club and is a list of 2011 events that have been and gone and have been shifted over from the main calendar page.

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Sun 9 January 2011 - Raboplus MTB XC Cup round 1 - Tauranga
Round 1 of the 2011 Raboplus MTB XC Cup. More info from MTBNZ

Sun 16 January 2011 - Raboplus MTB XC Cup round 2 - Taupo
Round 2 of the 2011 Raboplus MTB XC Cup. More info from MTBNZ

Sat 22 - Sun 23 January 2011 - Activate8 - Lake Crackenback Resort, NSW,
Huw and the team fell in love with Lake Crackenback when planning their Mountains To Beach event and resolved to return with a standalone event. Not only is the riding there a load of fun, the options for accommodation and other activities makes it the perfect location for Activate8; an 8 part event that will test the full range of mountain biking skills (plus a few others!). Ride it solo, as a pair or as a threesome. The team at Lake Crackenback Resort have a real can-do attitude. They will have special accommodation packages for participants. There’s plenty to do at the resort apart from riding. From luxuriating in the Day Spa, to kayaking on the lake or even a round of golf! So bring family and friends! Activate8 is a very cool format with 8 different activities over the 2 days (first 7 on Sat, 8th on Sun):
- Aqua bike (TT in pedal boats on Lake Crackenback),
- Criterium (a timed lap of 300m skills course),
- Trials (easy trials course),
- In the Water (timed bike carry involving water),
- Velocity (TT for 1km on staionary trainer),
- Assembly (starting with wheels off, seatpost out, pedals off and short ride of your built bike),
- Two laps (Timed two laps of the MTB track),
- Enduro (6hr lap race).
Heaps more info can be found at www.wildhorizons.com.au, or email fling@wildhorizons.com.au.


Sat 22 January 2011 - Glenham Trainwreck Trail MTB Race - Southland
The Trainwreck Trail is a 21km track starting from the Glenham Hall, beginning on the road, then moving into farmland and tracks climbing as high as 200m above sea level. A quick drop down to the Mataura river is followed by a climb to the historic ‘Glenham Tunnel’ before finishing at Glenham School. The Family Trail is a 10km ride beginning on the road before an easy gravel downhill leading to the historic Glenham Tunnel. Whilst still 10km in length, this is a fun ride suitable for beginners and families. We recommend younger riders have adult supervision. Entry after 6 Jan is $40 (big course) or $15 (family course). Entry forms and more info at http://www.sportsouthland.co.nz/events/event_calendar_new


The Vulcaniser - Sunday 23 January 2011
Multi-lap racing on a fantastic purpose-built native forest singletrack race course located at Mt Vulcan, a very scenic coastal property at Omihi, North Canterbury (on the coast, just north of Waipara). Lots of sweet forest singletrack, just 75 minutes drive from Christchurch. More info on our club site here... www.singletrack.org.nz. Brought to you by the Christchurch Singletrack Club. Contact Rebekah and Craig, 03 322 7886, 027 313 4908, xc@paradise.net.nz.


Wed 26 January 2011 - Port Hills hillclimb series #1 - Rapaki Track
Round one of our low-key series of 3 hillclimbs on the Port Hills. Run the same as the last four years with free entry but donation taken to go to the Port Hills trailbuilding fund. Full details and maps available on our club website www.singletrack.org.nz, or you can call Craig and Rebekah on 322 7886, 027 313 4908.

Sat 29 January 2011 - Port Hills Classic 4 and 6 hr MTB Rogaine - Port Hills
Come and explore the fantastic Port Hills trail network in this exciting event where YOU choose where you ride! You also choose the duration: 4 or 6 hours. You get a map of the Port Hills which show checkpoints on MTB trails and roads scattered all over the hills, worth different amounts of points. You then have either 4 or 6 hours to visit which ever of those you want, with the aim of getting as many points as you can in the time you have available. Fairly easy navigation, open to everyone. Registration, will be in the Victoria Park Ranger Station from 8am. Look for the “Orienteering Here” banner on Victoria Park Road south of the main playground/picnic area. Start times 9am (4 or 6 hour) and 11am (4 hour). Briefing 15min before. Entries on the day but it is VERY IMPORTANT that you advise Graeme Read (gr.read@gmail.com ) if you are planning to take part so he can prepare the correct number of maps. As many of the Port Hills tracks are closed after rain, they need to be able to advise people of any cancellation or postponement. Entry is $30 for adults (per map), $15 for juniors. Two or more riders may share a map to cut down on cost. A map board or some means of carrying your map on your handlebars or around your neck is very useful. A pen may be needed to record a code for a few control locations. REMINDER: PLEASE advise Graeme if you are planning to take part so they can prepare the correct number of maps. Rain could cause track closure so they need registrations of interest in advance to notify people of cancellation/postponement. Graeme is also available for any queries, ph 3522582.

Sat 29 January 2011 - Denniston Chain Grinder - Denniston Plateau (Buller, West Coast)
The Denniston Plateau boasts scenery quite unlike anything you have seen before…and thanks to the many people who have sought their fortune there over the last 100 or so years, you can now race your trusty stead on some of the most unique mountain biking terrain in Aotearoa. Racing will take place in teams of two for two hours – the winning duos will simply be the ones who manage to get around the most laps during this time. It’s about speed on the course, fast transitions, and resting up while your team mate is doing the hard yards. No solo category. Briefing 9:30am, Start 10am, Finish 12noon. Prize giving 1pm in the Denniston Museum. Cost: $40 per rider ($80 per team). Entry Form at www.bullermtb.com

CANCELLED (was to be on Sun 30 January 2011) - X-Scenic - Centennial Park, Timaru
Cancelled for 2011 but hopefully will be back in 2012. This multi-lap event takes place entirely inside Timaru’s Centennial Park – well known locally as the Scenic Reserve. A mixture of tight twisty singletrack and easier sections the course is always a lot of fun. Thanks to the Timaru District Council and the South Canterbury MTB Club who have created heaps of new MTB tracks throughout the park. Head to www.xscenic.co.nz for more information closer to the time.

Sun 30 January 2011 - Great Alpine MTB Challenge - Annavale Station, Springfield
3 courses (20-40km), $40 entry.Organised by Malvern Lions Club. Entry form here... www.malvernlions.co.nz/bikerace/entryform.pdf

Sun 30 January 2011 - Sarau Festival MTB events - Upper Moutere, Nelson
The Sarau Festival at Upper Moutere hosts a 28km MTB ride/race that allows access to tracks that are only opened for this event. Ride through the blackcurrants and vines whilst zig-zagging across the nomally private tracks and paddocks. Visit their website for an entry form... www.saraufestival.co.nz


Wed 2 February 2011 - Port Hills hillclimb series #2 - Worsleys Track
Round two of our low-key series of 3 hillclimbs on the Port Hills. Run the same as the last four years with free entry but donation taken to go to the Port Hills Trailbuilding Fund. Full details and maps available on our club website www.singletrack.org.nz, or you can call Craig and Rebekah on 322 7886, 027 313 4908.

Sun 6 February 2011 - Kaiwara Classic - North Canterbury
A 43km point-to-point adventure ride from Culverden to Cheviot. Riders travel up the gravel Kaiwara Rd to a high saddle, followed by an exciting descent into the picturesque Ethelton Valley, then a climb up the Random Spur Track through tussock covered hills with breathtaking views, and then a long descent to Mina Rd which is followed to Cheviot. Contact info@kaiwara.co.nz. More info and entry forms at www.kaiwara.co.nz

Sun 6 February 2011 - Otago Peninsula Challenge - Dunedin
Two courses: 23km and 43km. Crossing through 10 private properties, this is your once a year chance to ride down The Wild Side of the Otago Peninsula. See www.otagopeninsulachallenge.co.nz/


Wed 9 February 2011 - Port Hills hillclimb series #3 - Crocodile/Kennedys
Round four (final) of our low-key series of 3 hillclimbs on the Port Hills. Run the same as the last four years with free entry but donation taken to go to the Port Hills Trailbuilding Fund. Full details and maps available on our club website www.singletrack.org.nz, or you can call Craig and Rebekah on 322 7886, 027 313 4908.

Sat 12 February 2011 - Black Stump Adventure Ride - Waikato
Race on a great variety of terrain, singletrack, farm track, and 4WD tracks whilst enjoying spectacular views. Enjoy exhilarating down hills and challenging climbs. A choice of 12km, 18km, 30km and 40km length rides. A choice of two team rides - grab your friends, work colleagues and family to enter a team. The ride is for both recreational and competitive mountainbikers and has lots of great spot prizes. Come and see what lies beyond the Black Stump! For more information and to ENTER ON LINE visit www.mtb-race.co.nz

Sat 12 or Sun 13 February 2011 - Raboplus MTB XC Cup round 3 - Nelson
Round 3 of the Raboplus MTB XC Cup. More info from MTBNZ later

Sun 13 February 2011 - Hampden Skyline MTB Ride - Hampden
The Hampden Skyline Ride and Pugh Pedal Push are recreational rides for riders of all abilities as a fundraiser for the Hampden School. The Pugh Pedal Push is a 7km family fun ride that takes riders to a nice vantage point looking over rolling farmland to the sea. The Hampden Skyline Ride is either a 15km or 25km (500m climb) ride that takes you to the skyline west of Hampden, with spectacular 360 degree views over the North Otago coastline, past bush clad hills, through to the hills of Central Otago in the west. More information on www.sportsground.co.nz/hampdenskylineride or contact Ian on 03 439 4844 or ijsuth@farmside.co.nz


Sat 19 February 2011 - Raboplus MTB XC Cup final round - Living Springs
Using a slightly shorter loop than last year's big MTB Cup race, the 5km course starts and finishes at the Farm Park, heads up wide tracks to the Pines where the singletrack goodness starts. 1km of climbing through the Pines before heading along Rhymes With Orange and straight into the long descent of Mississippi, Zanes and Skoolz Out before a new wee section beside a creek and then a fast blat along the main 4WD track and through the yards back into the Farm Park. Entry needs to be done through the MTBNZ website which is linked from our club site... www.singletrack.org.nz. The overall length of the races is expected to be shorter than previous national events. Hosted by the Christchurch Singletrack Club, phone 03 322 7886 or email rebekah@singletrack.org.nz

Sat 19 February 2011 - Flock Hill Adventure Ride - Flock Hill Station, SH73
A non-competitive 32km loop through the spectacular Flock Hill highcountry station. More information at www.funcycling.net, or contact Cliff Kingston on 07 578 5315 or 021 239 9148.

Sat 19 February 2011 - Moonshine Trail - Gore, Southland
More information on www.moonshinetrail.co.nz or contact Matt on 027 491 0000 or events@sportsouthland.co.nz

Sat 19 February 2011 - Coppermine Epic - Nelson
Don't miss this one! Simply awesome. Mountainbike courses don't come better than this. The race features 40km of Nelson’s epic mountain bike trails incorporating a loop of the stunning mineral belt. The loop starts in central Nelson and joins the historic Dun Mountain Rail Trail, a flowing gently inclined singletrack leading to a climb up the Classic to almost 900m to the top of Fringe Hill. Followed by the undulating Black Diamond Ridge single track through spectacular native bush. After rejoining the rail trail to complete the loop of the mineral belt with an 850m descent of the new challenge in descending; “Boulder valley”. Entry numbers are restricted. Full details, maps etc and entryforms available online at www.coppermine.co.nz

Sat 19 February 2011 - Coppermine Enduro - Nelson
Run in conjunction with the Coppermine Epic, the Enduro is aimed at those wanting the achievement of looping the mineral belt without having to climb Fringe hill and negotiate black diamond ridge (as per in the Epic). The race still features 40km of Nelson’s Epic mountain bike trails. The Enduro stays on the Rail Trail all the way to Third House and on to Coppermine Saddle. It is designed to be an achievable challenge for a fit and skilled rec rider or a fast blast for an expert rider. It is expected to take the average rec rider about 4-5 hours. Entry numbers will be restricted. Full course details, and entry forms available online now at www.coppermine.co.nz

Sat 19 February 2011 - Wild Wellington MTB Relay - Wellington
Urban mountainbike relay - specially designed for riders of all abilities, in the heart of Wellington on awesome Mt Victoria. 12/6 hrs of mountainbiking, fun, entertainment and socialising. Great variety with singletrack, fast wide track, fun downhills and awesome views. For more information and to enter online, visit www.WildWellington.co.nz or email info@wildwellington.co.nz

19-27 February 2011 - The Great NZ Trek, Stage 6 - Taumaranui to Taihape
Stage 6 of this annual event that aims to eventually go from the top of the country to the bottom of the country. www.greatnewzealandtrek.com

Sun 20 February 2011 - Opihi MTB Ride - Pleasant Point
Organised by the the Pleasant Point Lions Club and Pleasant Point Primary School this new event is an opportunity for new and experienced riders wanting to experience a MTB event which can offer a challenge to all abilities and without any hills.Rides are over a variety of flat and undulating tracks along stopbanks and 4WD and single track adjacent to the Te Ngawai Walkway , near the Opihi River. To allow family groups to enjoy the experience the event will be split into 2 separate rides and start times. 10:30am :18km Recreational/Family ride which also includes the Aoraki Primary School Team Challenge. 1:00pm : 25km Challenge for those who want a little more challenge yet offering a few surprises for those who may want a workout. The event will start an finish in the Pleasant Point Domain, Pleasant Point. More info at www.opihimtb.co.nz Enquiries nevilleburt@xtra.co.nz ph 03 614 8122.

CANCELLED (was to be on 23 - 26 February 2011) - Alpine Epic MTB stage race - Mt Somers to Tekapo
New Zealand's only major stage race. www.alpineepic.co.nz
Stage 1: Mt Somers to Rangitata River - 45km.
Stage 2: Rangitata River to Rangitata Gorge - 17km.
Stage 3: Rangitata Gorge to Ashwick Flat - 88km.
Stage 4: Sherwood to Mackenzie Basin - 72km.
Stage 5: Mackenzie Basin to Lake Tekapo - 49km.
The 2011 route will feature new tracks, some bovine surprises, short course options, and the introduction of 3 and 4 person team options. Major changes include 2, 3 and 4 person team options (2 riders on course at one time. Interchange options available daily), daily short course options for teams looking to indulge in the spectacular scenery, and exciting new food option at free stage finish BBQ.


Thu 24 - Sun 27 February 2011 - National Champs - Dunedin
More info from MTBNZ later

Sun 27 February - Fri 4 March 2011 - Mountains to Beach - NSW
Imagine a week of MTB racing that will take you from the highest mountains in Australia, across snowgum lined plains, down along rainforest lined creeks and out to finish with your wheels in the sand and surf. Snaking singletrack, 'wind through the helmet' downhills, challenging uphills and some of the most varied scenery you could want. The event is a 'tour' style event. Entrants, solo or pairs, will ride some 400 km on a journey from the snowy mountains of Thredbo to the NSW beach of Narooma. The majority of the riding will be in race stages that will test the full range of mountainbiking skills - uphill, downhill, cross country, marathon, riding under lights. Whilst timed race stages will range in length from 5 km to over 100 km, there will also be a number of non timed, non race cruising stages along the way. See www.wildhorizons.com.au, or email info@wildhorizons.com.au.

Sat 5 March 2011 - Ram Ride - Rotherham, North Canterbury
Another new event for Canterbury riders. A physical 22km race up hills and down gullies, which will be taxing on your fitness and strength. 44km (2 loops) option for EXPERIENCED RIDERS ONLY. Limited numbers. Entry includes Show entry. 1st prizes and spot prizes awarded. This is a closed course on private land and is ONLY OPEN to the Amuri Show on this day. All competitors must be off the course by 12pm. Rego 8am - 8:30am, briefing 8:45am, start 9am. Pre-entry ($35) closes 19 Feb, after which entry is $45. Discount for juniors and families. A Le Mans start, with 1000m of flat paddock stretches the legs, followed by an easy hill to the ridgeline overlooking the Show Grounds and much more. You then descend into the singletrack Manuka Gully of Madness. A steady climb up... Manuka Gully leads you into a stand of pines, then out into the open. You skirt a picturesque lagoon, then head up to the amazing Crossley Ridge, giving you panoramic views over the Amuri Basin and out to the Mighty Waiau River. Traversing down this ridge is quite breathtaking . You’ll ride into another stand of pine trees on a sweet singletrack descent before you hit the flat for the last 800m to the finish. Entry forms available from www.showdayonline.com. They also have a Facebook page

Sat 5 March 2011 - Karapoti Classic - Upper Hutt
NZ's longest standing MTB event, now in it's 25th year! Based in Wellington's rugged Akatarawa Ranges, 10km north of Upper Hutt City, the Karapoti is one of NZ's premier endurance mountainbike events. A huge but achievable challenge of 50km combined with spectacular scenery. For more info phone 04 920 5655, email enquiries@karapoti.co.nz or check out www.karapoti.co.nz

Sat 5 March 2011 - Karapoti Challenge - Upper Hutt
A fun ride for off road rookies, recreational riders, families, supporters and schoolkids. Run in conjunction with the Karapoti Classic. For more info phone 04 920 5655, email enquiries@karapoti.co.nz or check out www.karapoti.co.nz

Sun 6 March 2011 - Pass 2 Pub MTB ride/race - Burkes Pass to Albury
A very popular 36km ride from Burkes Pass to the Albury Tavern, utilising gravel roads and 4WD tracks. Limited to 1000 riders. www.pass2pub.com

CANCELLED. Was to be 12-13 March 2011 - Cyclic Saga - somewhere in
A 2-day navigation event (essentially a rogaine on bikes) for teams of 2-4 riders that is in a different location each year, revealed a few weeks before the event. You'll want to be reasonably fit, and have some basic map reading and navigation skills. But it need only be as hard as you make it - you are able to choose a route and pace that suits your skills and fitness. And this year there is a "Son of Saga" option for those wanting to do half days. You get to explore some very cool countryside. More info at www.cyclicsaga.co.nz, or contact Rob or Jo at info@cyclicsaga.co.nz or 027 441 6898.

Sat 12 March 2011 - Motatapu, Wanaka
50km very scenic ride in awesome countryside from Glendhu Bay, Wanaka to the historic and beautiful Arrowtown. The first seven kilometres are on gravel road, then you continue up the Motatapu Valley on a well maintained farm trail climbing gradually over undulating terrain, with several small stream crossings, until topping out at 887m when you reach the 35km mark. The course descends gently until it reaches a steep, rocky descent down the Soho Creek into the famous Macetown track. There are several river crossings over the last 8km on a gravel track. Depending on recent rainfall, rivers can be up to thigh deep. Heaps of info and entry forms are at www.iconicadventures.co.nz. This event fills up real fast so need to get in early (entries open July 2010).

Sat 12 March 2011 - Colville Connection - Coromandel Peninsula
Three rides available from Colville at the remote northern end of the Coromandel Peninsula:
- The signature event the 72km Kona Colville Connection - a tough marathon ride with over 1700 vertical metres of climbing. Spectacular views, spectacular descents.
- The 40km Ground Effect Get on Yer Bike - a ride designed for off-road junkies
- The 24km Jungle Safari - This honey of a ride is designed for those who want a day out on the bike but something not too tough. Its 100% rideable, offers a mix of non technical singletrack, farm tracks and gravel roads - and the chance of a swim at beautiful Waikawau Bay.
More info at www.colvilleconnection.co.nz, or contact jim@colvilleconnection.co.nz, or 021 648 085



CANCELLED. Was to be Sat 19 March 2011 - Singletrack Fiesta - Living Springs
Due to the Christchurch Earthquake the Christchurch SIngletrack Club have cancelled this event. The condition of the Living Springs trails is still uncertain (total ban on trail access still) and this event is not that important in the scheme of things at the moment in Christchurch.
Similar to last year - races for the whole family, including a singlespeed race. Also includes the Christchurch Singletrack Club Champs.
CRUZ TIERRA RAZA (cross country race) 2:00 pm
NIÑOS 1. (Older kids race) 3:30pm
NIÑOS 2. (Middle kids race) 3:55pm
NIÑOS 3. (Little kids ride) 4:15pm
VELOCIDAD SOLO (singlespeed race). 4:30pm
YOU SNOOZE YOU LOSE 6:15pm
CENA (Dinner) 6:30pm – BRING YOUR OWN
ENTREGA DE PREMIOS (Prizegiving) 7:00pm
Times subject to change! More details and online entry at www.singletrack.org.nz. Contact Rebekah, phone 322 7886 or 027 313 4908



POSTPONED till 14 & 15 May Was to be 19 & 20 March 2011 - Huxster Club Champs - Living Springs
Due to the earthquake this event has been postponed until 14 & 15 May and may involve a different venue. More details at www.huxster.org.nz. Contact Andrea, phone 942 1818

Sat 19 March 2011 - Rainbow Rage - St Arnaud to Hanmer
A very popular point-to-point event that travels the 106km from St Arnaud to Hanmer via the gravel Rainbow Road. Contact Mike Gane at mike@rainbowrage.co.nz or on 03 547 6361 (wk) or 03 547 5677 (hm), or check out www.rainbowrage.co.nz

Sat 19 March 2011 - Triple Peaks Challenge - Havelock North
A long-standing 47km course scaling over Mt Erin, Mt Kahuranaki & Te Mata Peaks, also crossing the Tukituki river twice. Check out www.triplepeakschallenge.co.nz for more information.

Sun 20 March 2011 - Geraldine Bike Challenge - Geraldine
Three great courses to suit all with a mix of gravel roads, 4WD tracks and singletrack, plus a couple of river crossing: the Geraldine Challenge - 52km, the Intermediate Challenge - 32km, and the Recreational Race - 18km. Organized by the Lions Club of Geraldine - Heaps of great spot prizes and good food. More details available at www.geraldinebikechallenge.co.nz, or email bikegeraldine@slingshot.co.nz

CANCELLED - was to be 27 March 2011 - Raincliff Rumble - Raincliff, Pleasant Point
Organised by the Pleasant Point Lions Club and Pleasant Point Primary School. The event runs over a variety of farm and forest track within the confines of Raincliff Station, Raincliff Forest and Pioneer Park. Event starts and finishes at Raincliff Camp. There will be 3 events for 2011 - a Challenge ride of 30km, Intermediate ride of 26km and Recreational ride of approx 13km. The Challenge and Intermediate ride offer a good variation of track type and features upgraded and forest single track. www.raincliffrumble.co.nz Enquiries nevilleburt@xtra.co.nz ph 03 614 8122.

POSTPONED till 29 May Was to be Sun 27 March 2011 - Meridian Kids Bike Jam – Christchurch
Due to the earthquake, this event has been pushed back till sometime in May. National mountainbike series for kids aged from 5–13 yrs in 7 centres around NZ. Short off-road course plus skill courses & competitions. The event that’s cool, fun, different, outdoors and you can do it with friends. All you need is a bike and a helmet, so give it a go. Everyone completing the course will receive a medal, a certificate and a pack of goodies. Loads of spot prizes including bike gear, bike clothes and one Avanti Black Thunder Bike at each event. For more info and to enter online, visit www.KidsBikeJams.co.nz or email info@kidsbikejams.co.nz

Sat 2 April 2011 - Remain in Light - Richmond Hills, Nelson
This Event is suitable for all riders, recreation and sport. Come and enjoy the evening riding, the last MTB event in Nelson before daylight saving ends, and finish with a beer and BBQ. Starts 5pm. Choose the number of laps you complete, and the main descent route that suits you (steep/technical or easy route to choose from). See http://sportwebcasts.com/remaininlight2.html

Sat 2 April 2011 - Naseby 12 Hour Challenge - Naseby
Attention Christchurch riders! - this event is well worth the effort to drive 5 hours south to Naseby for. The course and event atmosphere is simply awesome and many riders have said this is the best South Island 12 hr course. Most would agree that it is hard to beat the awesome singletrack of the Naseby forest. And now you can spend 12hrs racing on it! Start/finish area is at the Larchview Campground, Naseby. Normally 9am till 9pm but this year will be 10am till 10pm due to being within daylight saving time. Entry normally about $60 per person (solo or team). The normal 10km course is being extended a little this year and includes heaps of sweet sweet singletrack and some forestry roads. More details available at www.mountainbikingotago.co.nz. There are limited entries due to tent site spaces, so best be quick! Entries open 1 Feb and all 750+ spots fill up within a few days! For more info contact Craig Bates, 0274 894 361, 03 489 4360 or at cbates@landwardrealty.co.nz

Sat 2 April 2011 - Quartzopolis Classic - Reefton, West Coast
A new event with a 35km course that sounds awesome. Reefton to the historic township of Waiuta, via Big River mine – 60% historic road, 40% pack track. Entries open mid January and close 18 March. Entry is $50. Contact efarthing@doc.govt.nz or (03) 768 0429

Sat 2 April 2011 - Carricktown Crusher - Bannockburn
Not for the faint-hearted rider, the ride will take you up to Duffers Saddle via the gravel Nevis Rd, and then straight down the Carricktown Track past the historic towns of Carricktown and Quartzville. Total distance is 31km. Entry forms will be available at www.cromwell.org.nz, or contact Terry Emmitt on 0274 849 424 or email info@cromwell.org.nz

Sat 9 April 2011 - Hard-N Up 6/12 hour singlespeed event - Waikato
More details at www.mtb-race.co.nz/singlespeed/sshome.htm

Sun 10 April 2011 - Arrowsmith Thee Ride - Lake Heron
A 42km course on the very scenic Mt Arrowsmith Station, Lake Heron, Canterbury (just tucked in behind Mt Somers). The course heads up the Cameron Valley, nearly to the source of the river, up and over a high saddle, down into the South Ashburton Valley and then back down to the finish via a long undulating valley ride and a small saddle. The course uses rough 4WD tracks and involves a couple of decent climbs, the first of which is reasonably steep in places and quite long, and also a very cool boulder scree crossing. Stunning mountain location with fantastic close-up views of the South Ashburton and Cameron Glaciers and Southern Alps. Contact Simon Hampton at methvenrace@xtra.co.nz, or by phone on 03 302 1822 or 027 274 6573. This is an awesome adventure course and should be on every rider's to-do list! More details, entry form, course map, photos etc are on their website: www.multisportevents.co.nz.

CANCELLED. Was to be Sun 10 April 2011 - Mt Peel MTB Marathon - Mt Peel, Geraldine
This is a fantastic event for anyone looking for a seriously challenging ride. The course is 85km long and easily the toughest single day MTB course in New Zealand. Climbing to over 1500m, the course includes about 10km of flat roads but most of it is on 4WD tracks which allow magnificent views of the Southern Alps. About an hour is spent on a very exposed ridgeline before a steep, rocky descent to the Hewson and Orari Rivers, then returning to Peel Forest via Blue Mountain Station and the low Scotsburn range. There is over 2340m of climbing (mostly in one big very long climb!), so This is NOT A RACE FOR NOVICES! For more info, phone 03 688 5531 or head to www.mtpeelmtb.co.nz.

CANCELLED. Was to be Sun 10 April 2011 - Blue Mountain Gorges Challenge - Mt Peel, Geraldine
This course is simply awesome. It is a true adventure that will challenge riders of any ability. With fast gravel, grunty climbs, rough 4WD tracks, numerous river and stream crossings, open grass flats, it simply has it all and is a must-do course for anyone who enjoys challenging adventure courses. This event is run in conjunction with the Mt Peel MTB Marathon but is less arduous. It's around 65km long and covers some fantastic inland South Canterbury terrain. The route, incorporating over 1000m of altitude gain and loss, leaves Peel Forest and follows the Orari Gorge to Lochaber Station. There the route joins the course of the marathon for its return to Peel Forest township via Andrews Stream. There are no major climbs but is very undulating. The course is ideal for intermediate to expert riders who have a few technical skills. For more info, phone 03 688 5531 or head to www.mtpeelmtb.co.nz.

Sat 16 April 2011 - Hanmer 4 and 8 hour MTB event - Hanmer Springs
This is an awesome course for this sort of race - uses some of Hanmer's great singletrack but still not too demanding for those doing solo. With a team of mates, work colleagues, school friends, or even the family, here is an event that is manageable by all. With a team of up to five riders, or if you’re really tough, you could go solo, with a mixture of forest roads and single track riding, what a way to spent an Autumn day in Hanmer Springs. The whole event will be run in daylight, so no need for expensive lighting systems, based out of the Forest Camp grounds, so great facilities and plenty of space to enjoy the MTB Village atmosphere, with time in the evening to enjoy the other delights of Hanmer Springs. Coffee and food will be available on site, loads of Spot Prizes form top Sponsors. Starting at the Forest Camp on Jollies Pass Road the circuit goes: Up Black Dog - Up Mac 1 - Up McIntyre to the picnic area - Down Upper Dog Creek - Up over Jolliffe Road - Down Timberlands Trail - Lower Redrock - Cross the road over to the Heritage Trails - Back to Forest Camp. For more details and entry forms head along to www.hanmerevents.co.nz, or contact Graham Frith, 03 315 5009, 021 168 1545

Sat 16 April 2011 - Contact Epic - Lake Hawea, Wanaka
Choose from a 125km circumnavigation of the iconic Lake Hawera, or the 95km Hunter Valley & Dingle Burn Classic. Contact info@contactepic.co.nz or head along to www.contactepic.co.nz

Sun 17 April 2011 - Mt Somers Mountain Bike Race - Mt Somers
There are three courses...the 35km Challenge, the 30km Intermediate Challenge, and the Novice Recreational Ride. The rides traverse the slopes of Mt Somers through bush, snow grass and along farm tracks with fantastic views. Organised by the Mayfield and District Lions Club. Year after year this event has grown and now the traditional Mexican wave on the start line sees more and more people throwing their hands up in expectation of an awesome day on their bikes. Over 700 hungry mountain bikers will be fed with a big post-race meal. For more info, email info@mtsomersbikerace.co.nz, phone 03 307 0585, or head to www.mtsomersbikerace.co.nz.

Sat 23 April 2011 (Easter/ANZAC weekend) - Tour de Wakatipu - Arrowtown
This new mountainbike challenge will provide exclusive access through Coneburn Station alongside the Kawarau River and conclude with a function at Chard Farm winery. Southern Traverse Director Geoff Hunt says the 45km event will appeal to mountainbikers of all levels and was born out of the idea of staging a fun, but challenging race through the Wakatipu, incorporating two lakes, two rivers and new tracks recently developed by the Wakatipu Trails Trust. The event begins in the Arrowtown / Millbrook Resort area and follows a course to gain access to the newly gazetted Wakatipu Trails Trust tracks, across Speargrass Flat Road and on to Slopehill Road. This leads to the scenic single track alongside the Shotover River and across the restored Lower Shotover Bridge. The course then follows a gravel road and 4WD track to the Shotover delta, before joining the Kawarau River track and crossing the Kawarau River bridge, at the exit point of Lake Wakatipu. A one kilometre highway section accesses the scenic and private Kawarau River road on Coneburn Station and the gentle undulating ride leads to the finish line at Chard Farm. "The ride is for both elite and recreational competitors, and from the front of the field there will be intense competition, as these athletes race to finish the event in around two to three hours. The recreational bikers will take anything up to five hours," says Hunt. "It has some fantastic elements and in particular it is a great opportunity for people to ride the private Kawarau River road which has never been opened up to an event before." More info at www.southerntraverse.com/TourDeWakatipu/ or contact Jenny McLeod on 021 357 173, or Geoff Hunt at traverse@queenstown.co.nz

Sun 24 April 2011 (Easter/ANZAC weekend) - Marble Mountain MTB Classic - Motueka
A combination of some road riding and a climb up Takaka Hill looking over Tasman Bay and Abel Tasman NP. More info at www.marblemountainclassic.org.nz

Wed 4 May 2011 - Night racing - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
More info at www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 7 May 2011 - Awatere MTB Challenger - Awatere Valley
Four courses: 10, 10, 15 and 25 km. See http://www.lionsclubs.org.nz/awatere.

Wed 11 May 2011 - Night racing - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
More info at www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 14 May 2011 - Kuriheka MTB Challenge - Maheno, near Oamaru
An annual fundraising MTB event run by Scott's Own Sea Scouts. It is held at Kuriheka Estate which is 5 mins inland from Maheno, just south of Oamaru. It is a 20km ride with a 8km uphill challenge going from 120m to 450m, then a 12km descent with a few inclines. They are also opening the track up to walkers and runners. Rego for riders is from 9:30 to 11:30am and walkers 11:30am to 1pm. There will be refreshments available and it will be well sign posted. It is all strictly for fun and you get to see some great country. The event website is www.scottsownseascouts.com. Contact Jason 03 437 0164 or Antony 027 665 9364, or email scottsownseascouts@xtra.co.nz.

14 & 15 May 2011 - Super Shaker Weekend & Huxster Club Champs - Living Springs
Due to the earthquake this event was postponed from the original March date. Includes a 3 hour social teams relay, night ride and cyclocross races, as well as a couple of foot rogaines. More details at www.huxster.org.nz. Contact Andrea, phone 942 1818

Sun 15 May 2011 - Milton Jailbreak - Milton
Location is behind the new Milton Prison, South Otago. A formidable course awaits those with the drive and determination to race for glory taking in steep up-hills, descents, ruts, bogs, trees and of course the possibility of escaped convicts! For the recreational rider an easier 30km course is available and has proved popular. The recreational course is based mainly on private unsealed forestry roads with an initial climb that has great views of the Forestry blocks, Milton and the surrounding countryside. More info at http://miltonjailbreak.co.nz/

Wed 18 May 2011 - Night racing - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
More info at www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sun 22 May 2011 - The Wainuiomata Winter Weekender “Wainui 6hr Wurldz - Wellington area
Now in its second year, this event draws NZ’s endurance and XC riders to experience the amazing network of trails being developed by the Wainuiomata Trail Project just north of Wellington City. While the proposed course is not super technical, it should be ridable by most who have some experience of MTBing, it has plenty of challenges to keep everyone on their toes. If you solo it you will feel it by the end! This will be an ‘old skool’ event run purely for the benefit of the riders, run on the smell of an oily rag – any proceeds will be put towards the continuing trail project. Mud and silly grins guaranteed! It runs from 10am to 4pm.Morte info at www.w6w.co.nz

Wed 25 May 2011 - Night racing - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
More info at www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 28 May 2011 - Mt Isobel Challenge - Hanmer
An open mountain duathlon in the beautiful mountain setting of Hanmer Springs, involving a fantastic 8km 1000m ascent mountain run and a 22km mountain bike. Compete as a team or an individual. Contact Graham at graham@hanmerevents.co.nz or phone (Hanmer Springs) 03 315 5009.

Sun 29 May (was originally 27 March) 2011 - Meridian Kids Bike Jam – Christchurch
Due to the earthquake, this event was pushed back till May. National mountainbike series for kids aged from 5–13 yrs in 7 centres around NZ. Short off-road course plus skill courses & competitions. The event that’s cool, fun, different, outdoors and you can do it with friends. All you need is a bike and a helmet, so give it a go. Everyone completing the course will receive a medal, a certificate and a pack of goodies. Loads of spot prizes including bike gear, bike clothes and one Avanti Black Thunder Bike at each event. For more info and to enter online, visit www.KidsBikeJams.co.nz or email info@kidsbikejams.co.nz

Wed 1 June 2011 - Night racing - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
More info at www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sun 5 June 2011 - Lake Tekapo MTB Pursuit - Tekapo
The last time this event is being organised so this is your last opportunity! A very scenic 90km course with gentle undulations (no major hillclimbs) on mostly gravel roads and 4WD tracks. The course starts and finishes at Tekapo Village and basically circumnavigates Lake Tekapo, including a crossing of the braided Godley River (approx. six knee deep crossings). Also 1/2 option for those who don't like getting their feet wet. More info at www.mtbpursuits.com. Contact Pete and Margaret at pete.marg@xtra.co.nz or on 03 680 6207 for more info

Wed 8 June 2011 - Night racing - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
More info at www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Wed 15 June 2011 - Night racing - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
More info at www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 18 June 2011 - 8hr Mad Winter Enduro - Invercargill, Southland
Based at the Southland MTB Club's Sandy Point trails just outside of Invercargill, with a start time of 11am and a finish at 7pm, at least 2hrs of night riding are ensured on some of the best trails in the south. There's also a 4 hour event for those afraid of the dark! Junior, U19, Open, Mixed and Vets teams of 2, 3 or 4 plus solo options. Approx 30min loops with about 50% singletrack and 50% fire break & access roads. Entry is $20 (Under 19) or $30 (Open & Vets). Enter online at www.southlandmtbclub.co.nz

Wed 22 June 2011 - Night racing - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
More info at www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sun 26 June 2011 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Diamond Harbour
Round 3 of the series. All the details are at www.southerncrosscx.blogspot.com

Sat 2 July 2011 - NZ Cyclocross Champs - Queenstown
The 3rd annual NZ Cyclocross Championship is being hosted by the Queenstown MTB Club (www.qmtbc.co.nz) and is officially part of the famous Queenstown Winter Festival (www.winterfestival.co.nz).

Sun 31 July 2011 (new date) - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Halswell Quarry
Round 4 of the series. All the details are at www.southerncrosscx.blogspot.com

Sun 31 July 2011 - The 3 Ring Circus - Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, NSW,
The 3 Ring Circus is a MTB enduro event where solo performers or relay teams of two or three will ride a 50km circuit taking in three loops of the MTB trails in Wingello State Forest – Blue (approx 6km), Red (approx 25km), and Yellow (approx. 19km), offering something for everyone – singletrack for the experienced, climbs for the fit, and scenic forest roads for the novice. Perform solo and challenge yourself over 50km or do it as a relay team and enjoy a great day out on the beautiful Wingello trails. Heaps more info can be found at www.wildhorizons.com.au, or email info@wildhorizons.com.au.

Sun 7 August 2011 - Santoft Sizzler 5hr Relay - Bulls
Organised by the Manawatu Mountain Bike Club. More details at www.nmbc.co.nz

Sun 14 August 2011 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Terrace Downs
Round 5 (series final) of the series. All the details are at www.southerncrosscx.blogspot.com

Tue 23 August 2011 - Twilight racing series - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sun 28 August 2011 - MTB Spring Series round 1 - Wellington
Round 1 of this series, which makes use of several of the great trail networks around Wellington, will be at Wainuiomata Trail Park. The series is being organised by the Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club. More details at www.pnp.org.nz

Tue 30 August 2011 - Twilight racing series - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Tue 6 September 2011 - Twilight racing series - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Wed 7 September 2011 - Night Nav Series 1 - McLeans Forest
An annual series that in the past has been held at Bottle Lake. 60 minute rogaine, $12 per race or $30 for all 3. $3 extra per event for electronic punch hire if you don't have one already. Rego from 6, briefing at 6:45, start at 7pm. See http://papo.org.nz/

Sat 10 September 2011 - Day-Night Thriller 6&12hr - Taupo
NZ's biggest MTB event with over 3000 riders. Open to solo or teams. More info at http://daynightthriller.co.nz/

Sun 11 September 2011 - Linger & Die XC - Alexandra
More info at www.linger-and-die.co.nz

Tue 13 September 2011 - Twilight racing series - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Wed 14 September 2011 - Night Nav Series 2 - McLeans Forest
An annual series that in the past has been held at Bottle Lake. 60 minute rogaine, $12 per race or $30 for all 3. $3 extra per event for electronic punch hire if you don't have one already. Rego from 6, briefing at 6:45, start at 7pm. See http://papo.org.nz/

Sun 18 September 2011 - Cheviot Hills Challenge - Cheviot
A multi-lap format race held within the Cheviot Hills Reserve, 1.5 hours drive North of Christchurch. Choices range from one 6.5km lap for team riders through to 4 laps for expert class riders. Course is a mix of singletrack, 4WD farm track and grass berm. Great chance to test the early season form. Organised by the Cheviot Lions with proceeds going to fund local community projects. For more information and to download an entry form visit www.kaiwara.co.nz or email info@kaiwara.co.nz

Sun 18 September 2011 - MTB Spring Series round 2 - Wellington
Round 2 of this series, which makes use of several of the great trail networks around Wellington, will be at Makara Peak MTB Park. The series is being organised by the Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club. More details at www.pnp.org.nz

Tue 20 September 2011 - Twilight racing series - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Wed 21 September 2011 - Night Nav Series 3 - McLeans Forest
An annual series that in the past has been held at Bottle Lake. 60 minute rogaine, $12 per race or $30 for all 3. $3 extra per event for electronic punch hire if you don't have one already. Rego from 6, briefing at 6:45, start at 7pm. See http://papo.org.nz/

Sun 25 September 2011 - Rail Trail Challenge 100 Mile Adventure Ride - Clyde
Never done the Otago Rail Trail? Ridden it, loved it and want to do it again? Well now you can ride the entire length in one day! Organised by Cycling Otago. Commencing 8am at Clyde and finishing 6pm at Middlemarch. This ride is 152km in length, riders can ride solo or in teams swapping at one of the four transitions point on the route. There are a wide selection of classes and categories to enter. www.rtc100.co.nz has all the details as well as an entryform. For more info contact John at rtc100ride@gmail.com

Tue 27 September 2011 - Twilight racing series - McLeans Forest, Christchurch
www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 1 - Sun 9 October 2011 - Nelson Cycle Festival - Nelson area
A whole week of cycling events - MTB, road, BMX, Kid's, tandem, social. More details at www.nelsoncyclefest.co.nz/


Sunday 2 October 2011 - Club Short Track Racing 1 - Siberia Track, Port Hills
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a series of short track races on 3 Sunday afternoons during October for CSC club members. Run the same as the last two years. Three races each day to cater for the most casual to most serious riders. Kids can join in but note that the course is hilly so all riders need to be competent with hills and singletrack. These are all about fun! All the details can be found at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be cancelled if raining. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.


Sunday 9 October 2011 - Club Short Track Racing 2 - Siberia Track, Port Hills
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a series of short track races on 3 Sunday afternoons during October for CSC club members. Run the same as the last two years. Three races each day to cater for the most casual to most serious riders. Kids can join in but note that the course is hilly so all riders need to be competent with hills and singletrack. These are all about fun! All the details can be found at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be cancelled if raining. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

Sun 9 October 2011 - MTB Spring Series round 3 - Wellington
Round 3 of this series, which makes use of several of the great trail networks around Wellington, will be at Mt Victoria. The series is being organised by the Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club. More details at www.pnp.org.nz

Fri 14 - Sun 16 October 2011 - South Island Secondary School MTB Champs - Bluff, Southland
Three days of secondary school action. More info at www.sissmtb.co.nz

Sat 15 October 2011 - Tour de Wainui - Wellington,
A new MTB relay which replaces the Wild Wellington event. More details at www.tourdewainui.co.nz


Sunday 16 October 2011 - Club Short Track Racing 3 - Siberia Track, Port Hills
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a series of short track races on 3 Sunday afternoons during October for CSC club members. Run the same as the last two years. Three races each day to cater for the most casual to most serious riders. Kids can join in but note that the course is hilly so all riders need to be competent with hills and singletrack. These are all about fun! All the details can be found at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be cancelled if raining. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

Sat 22 October 2011 (Labour w/end) (NEW DATE) - Dusky Trail - Twizel
A great 44km course in the grandeur of the Mackenzie Country as you travel through three iconic high country stations and take in the magnificent views of Mount Cook, Lake Pukaki, and Lake Benmore. Challenge yourself to enjoy the 6 river crossings and an overall vertical climb of over 500m. The Trail follows 4WD farm tracks and has a small section of singletrack. More info: www.twizelhardlabour.org.nz

Sat 22 October 2011 (Labour w/end) - 8hrs@Jack's - Queenstown
The 8hrs@Jack’s is a multi lap relay mountain bike event where riders will enjoy a scenic and challenging track that circles through the tent village created, before departing through the rocky valleys and terrain on the northern side of the Jack Point's development. The 8km course cover includes singletrack, 4WD tracks and gravel roads, and the occasional golf buggy path. $65 per rider. www.southerntraverse.com/jacks8hrs/EventInfo/concept.asp

Sat 22 October 2011 (Labour w/end) - Whaka 100 - Rotorua
The Big One. 100km of riding over a course that is predominantly singletrack. There is nothing else like it in New Zealand. 3 courses will be offered: 25km, 50km and 100km. Plus a teams event with a 60km/40km split. Regardless of what course you decide to race one thing is guaranteed: you will be racing in one of the best mountainbike venues in New Zealand. www.n-duro.co.nz

Sun 23 October 2011 (Labour w/end) - South Island Masters Games XC - Nelson
Also doubles as Nelson MTB Club Champs race #1. Course will be Codgers Trails, Brook St, Nelson. Contact Wayne Pool on 0275 313 280. See www.nelsonmountainbikeclub.org.nz and www.simasters.co.nz

Sun 23 October 2011 (Labour w/end) - Wanaka 10 hour - Wanaka
The event will be held on the purpose built 11km track which is situated on DOC land alongside the Clutha River at Deans Bank in Wanaka. The track is all singletrack and has been designed for bikers by bikers so it’s fun to ride! The track has been designed to suit riders of all abilities. Team categories or solo. Why a 10 hour event? They would normally run the standard 12 hour format but the day of the race is also the same day as the Rugby world cup final (kick off 9.00pm). They have planned the race to finish in plenty of time have prize giving and get to one of the venues to see the footy. Next year they intend to run a 12 hour format. The shortened race times this year finishing at 7.00pm will mean no lights will be required. See www.bikewanaka.org.nz

Sat 29 October 2011 - 6 and 12 hour Day/Nighter - McLeans Island
13km course of easy flat hardpacked gravel track at McLeans Forest Park, Christchurch. More details at www.bluedogevents.co.nz, or contact blue.dog@clear.net.nz, Ph: 03 331 7990.

Sun 30 October 2011 - MTB Spring Series round 4 - Wellington
Round 4 of this series, which makes use of several of the great trail networks around Wellington, will be at Belmont Regional Park. The series is being organised by the Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club. More details at www.pnp.org.nz

Sat 5 November 2011 - Lees Valley Challenge - North Canterbury
This popular event disappeared off the local calendar in 2006 but is back! And with that special X factor to ensure riders and support crews have an awesome experience. Lees Valley Challenge is an 80 km endurance ride through some remote spectacular areas of North Canterbury country. This is comparable to other endurance races like the Rainbow Rage and Molesworth Muster but with more climbing. The ride begins by climbing over the Okuku Pass, along Lees Valley Road, over Laddbrooks Hill then Bottle Hill and then a sweet downhill all the way to the Ashley Gorge finish line. The course is 100% rideable 4WD shingle road which contains numerous creek crossings and cattle stops, one major river crossing (Okuku River), one lane bridges, and stunning views all the way. Plus we make it easy for the support crews with the finish line only 30km from the start line. So drop your rider off then head straight to Ashley Gorge and chill out with a range of activities to keep you amused and entertained until the riders appear. Live music will kick in leading up to the prize giving. More details at www.leesvalleychallenge.co.nz or email organiser@leesvalleychallenge.co.nz

Sun 6 November 2011 - Clarkville Classic - Clarkville, North Canterbury
A 21km race on the Waimak River tracks and stopbanks. See www.clarkvilleclassic.co.nz

Sun 6 November 2011 - Nelson MTB Club Champs #2 - Nelson
Venue to be advised. Contact Wayne Pool on 0275 313 280. See www.nelsonmountainbikeclub.org.nz

Sun 6 November 2011 - Coastal Classic - Taieri Mouth
Three courses to choose from: 59km, 39km and 15km. All courses include forestry tracks, gravel roads and a great 8km 4WD track downhill to the finish. Check their website for further details, pics and entryform... www.coastalclassic.org.nz

Sat 12 November 2011 (Canterbury Show Weekend) - Spring Crusher - Hanmer Springs
An awesome singletrack epic for Canterbury riders! Do not miss this one - a wonderful showcase of the awesome handbuilt trail network of Hanmer Springs. Make the most of the long weekend and head to Hanmer for a whole heap of fun. A challenging but achievable course built by mountainbikers for mountainbikers with heaps of singletrack and some challenging climbs. Proceeds go into trail development in Hanmer Forest to ensure quality riding every time you visit Hanmer Springs. Awesome spot prizes from top sponsors. Be there! All the details are at www.hanmerevents.co.nz

Sat 12 November 2011 - Kaitangata's Black Gold Trail - Balclutha
This cross country race is located in the hills above Kaitangata, South Otago. The tracks follow some of the original mining trails, and pass around Kaitangata's working opencast coal mine. There are two trails available to riders, the first being approx. 21km, and the longer trail being approx. 45km. The historical and scenic views offered by the tracks will appeal to both the competitive and novice rider alike. For further information see www.kaitangatablackgold.co.nz, or contact Jean Proctor, 03 413 9769, 0274 139 349.

Sun 13 November 2011 - MTB Spring Series round 5 - Wellington
Round 5 of this series, which makes use of several of the great trail networks around Wellington, will be at Makara Peak MTB Park. The series is being organised by the Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club. More details at www.pnp.org.nz

Sun 13 November 2011 - The Highland Fling - Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, NSW,
The Vaude Highland Fling is a 100km MTB marathon starting and finishing in the village of Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia. Open to solo or teams. The 100km will follow a unique route that will take you out from Bundanoon on great tracks and eventually into and around Penrose State Forest and out via farmland to Wingello. From here you enter the beautiful forest and gully country of Wingello State Forest. You then loop back to Wingello village and follow a different route back into Penrose State Forest and eventually back to Bundanoon. All but 2km of the route will be off-road using singletrack, open paddock, rough tracks, dirt roads. There is a total of 2450m of enjoyable climbing and given you finish back where you started that means there’s 2450m of sweet downhill! It will test all who take on the challenge. Heaps more info can be found at www.wildhorizons.com.au, or email fling@wildhorizons.com.au.

Sat 19 November 2011 - Timaru 12 Hour Day/Night MTB Race - Centennial Park, Timaru
Get in quick so you don't miss out on this great event! A team relay event riding laps over a 12 hour period. Fantastic singletrack course that is fast and challenging with loads of ups and downs but no big hills so perfect for teams and solo. Teams of up to 5 riders - categories include Corporate, Open Male & Female, Mixed, Superman Vets and Juniors. Also Solo 12 Hour and Solo 6 Hour. Heaps of spot prizes. For more information or to enter on-line head to www.timaru12hourmtb.co.nz, or phone 03 688 5531

Sat 19 - Sun 20 November 2011 - Le Petite Brevet - Banks Peninsula
After the success of the 2010 Brevet, it's coming back again in 2011! A 240km route with over 6000m of climbing that you do totally self supported within a 36 hour time limit. If it sounds like your sort of thing then visit http://lepetitebrevet.blogspot.com which outlines all the details.

Sun 20 November 2011 - Nelson MTB Club Champs #3 - Nelson
Venue to be advised. Contact Wayne Pool on 0275 313 280. See www.nelsonmountainbikeclub.org.nz


Thu 24 November 2011 (postponed from 23rd) - Club Mini-XC Series 1 - Halswell Quarry
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a new series of mini cross country races on 3 Wednesday evenings during November and December for CSC club members. Run in a similar way to the short track series. Two races each evening to cater for both sport and expert riders. All the details can be found at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

Sun 27 November 2011 - The Longbeach MTB Coastal Challenge - Hinds
A spectacular and exciting course over cliffs, stream crossings, strenuous gullies and farm tracks along the beautiful coastline of the Pacific Ocean. There are four courses this year:
- the 35Km Classic Track for the competitive rider
- the 23km Recreational Track for those who may be new to mountain biking or who just want to enjoy the ride without the pressure of racing
- the 23km Corporate Track for highly competitive teams
- The 12km Family Track
More info at www.longbeachcoastalchallenge.com


Sun 27 November 2011 - Nelson Mammoth - Nelson
Single lap of 25/50km around the awesome Nelson trails. Typically a different course each year. Contact Andrew Scott on 027 310 6354. See www.nelsonmountainbikeclub.org.nz


Wednesday 30 November 2011 - Club Mini-XC Series 2 - Halswell Quarry
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a new series of mini cross country races on 3 Wednesday evenings during November and December for CSC club members. Run in a similar way to the short track series. Two races each evening to cater for both sport and expert riders. All the details can be found at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

Sat 3 December 2011 - The Frog Rock Ride - Waipara area
Organised as a fundraiser for Waikari School. This great low key friendly event is held over spectacular private land with unsurpassed vistas of the limestone country of North Canterbury. Same two courses as last two years: 16km and 26km. More info at www.frogrock.co.nz, or email info@frogrock.co.nz

Sat 3 December 2011 - Festival of Cycling MTB event - Christchurch
There have been some big changes in both the road and MTB courses due to damage and issues resulting from the quakes in February and June. The MTB option will now be the Frog Rock course and the date of that event has changed to work in with the Festival. See listing above. More details are on the Festival's site... www.festivalofcycling.co.nz

Sat 3 December 2011 - Otago Singlespeed Champs - Naseby
More details at www.mountainbikingotago.co.nz

Sun 4 December 2011 - Otago Cross Country Champs - Naseby
More details at www.mountainbikingotago.co.nz


CANCELLED due to wet tracks Wednesday 7 December 2011 - Club Mini-XC Series 3 - Halswell Quarry
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a new series of mini cross country races on 3 Wednesday evenings during November and December for CSC club members. Run in a similar way to the short track series. Two races each evening to cater for both sport and expert riders. All the details can be found at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

Sat 10 December 2011 - Hanmer Hammerhead - Hanmer
Come and ride this challenging course built by mountainbikers for mountainbikers with heaps of singletrack and some challenging climbs. Laps are approx. 12km (shorter than last year as the Detox loop has been removed). Sport riders do 2 laps, expert riders do 3 laps. Proceeds go into trail development in Hanmer Forest to ensure quality riding every time you visit Hanmer Springs. More info at www.hanmerevents.co.nz

Fri 30 December 2011 - Bannockburn MTB Classic - Bannockburn
A very popular event over the holiday period that takes you into the hills of Bannockburn (just down the road from Queenstown). Three courses to choose from:
Classic ride - 35km of gravel roads and undulating 4WD tracks with a climb of about 600m. Ride time of 1hr 30min - 3hrs
Sport ride - 22km of gravel roads and 4WD tracks with a climb of 350m. Ride time of 45min - 1hr 45min
Recreation ride - 10km of gravel road and 4WD tracks. Ideal for first timers or families with children over 10yrs. Ride time of 30min - 1hr. More info at www.cromwell.org.nz, or contact Terry Emmitt on 0274 849 424 or email info@cromwell.org.nz





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