Mountainbike events calendar - 2021 past events

This calendar was compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club and is a list of 2021 events that have been and gone and have been shifted over from the main calendar page.

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Sat 16 January 2021 - St James MTB Classic - St James Cycle Trail
Two courses in very spectacular countryside: The 65km James Pony Express and the 103km James Epic. Really stunning highcountry location and great course. They also have heaps of running and multisport course options. www.stjamesmountainsports.co.nz


Wednesday evening, 27 January 2021 - Singletrack Club Crocodile Summer Season, round 6 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
This week is the Reverse Enduro which will decide the 2021 club Hillclimb Champions. The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a series of short cross country races this season for CSC club members (others are welcome to come along to try it out). Generally short course multi-lap format using various loops within the ever growing trail network of the Crocodile XC MTB Park. But some weeks may be longer or different format like teams relay. Races typically take around 30-45 minutes to complete and involve up to 5 laps. We vary the course each week for the main race. Usually 2 races each evening to cater for both sport and expert riders. More details at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining or if tracks are too wet. More info from Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.


Wednesday evening, 3 February 2021 - Singletrack Club Crocodile Summer Season, round 7 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a series of short cross country races this season for CSC club members (others are welcome to come along to try it out). Generally short course multi-lap format using various loops within the ever growing trail network of the Crocodile XC MTB Park. But some weeks may be longer or different format like teams relay. Races typically take around 30-45 minutes to complete and involve up to 5 laps. We vary the course each week for the main race. Usually 2 races each evening to cater for both sport and expert riders. More details at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining or if tracks are too wet. More info from Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

Sat 7 February 2021 - Gold Trail MTB Ride - Shantytown, West Coast
A 40km ride from Shantytown to Moana (Lake Brunner) by a route never done before this event. Ride through the history of the West Coast and the Gold Trails that both our ancestors and many Chinese walked, in the search for their riches of the Gold of the West Coast. www.goldtrail.co.nz


Wednesday evening, 10 February 2021 - Singletrack Club Crocodile Summer Season, round 8 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a series of short cross country races this season for CSC club members (others are welcome to come along to try it out). Generally short course multi-lap format using various loops within the ever growing trail network of the Crocodile XC MTB Park. But some weeks may be longer or different format like teams relay. Races typically take around 30-45 minutes to complete and involve up to 5 laps. We vary the course each week for the main race. Usually 2 races each evening to cater for both sport and expert riders. More details at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining or if tracks are too wet. More info from Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

12-13 February 2021 - Coast to Coast, www.coasttocoast.co.nz

Sat 13 February 2021 - Papakaio 8 Hour MTB Challenge - Oamaru
An 8hr relay on an 8km course on private farmland, opened exclusively for the race. Track is a mixture of hand cut single track, historic water races and farm track - plenty of challenge but well within the ability of most social riders. Vibrant event village with premium food and beverage outlets, kidszone entertainment and 3 different children's loops to keep the kids entertained. Competitive teams of up to 4, social teams of up to 10 or ride it solo. For more info and to register visit www.papakaio8hour.co.nz

Sat 20 February 2021 - Mt Somers MTB Classic - Mt Somers
Two courses on Mt Somers Station: 31 and 23km. See www.mtsomersmc.nz

20 February 2021 - Ride The Rakaia, www.ridetherakaia.co.nz

Sat 20 February 2021 - Moonshine Trail - Gore
Southland’s premier mountainbike event. MTB courses range from 30 to 50 km. An awesome warm up for the Motatapu. Held at Dolamore Park, just out of Gore. See www.moonshinetrail.co.nz

Sun 21 February 2021 - Sheffield Rugby Club MTB Race - Sheffield
45 minutes from Christchurch, 981 Dalethorpe Rd, Sheffield. The opportunity to ride over some of the great country the Sheffield community has to offer, riding over three privately owned farms. 25km course (also 12km option) riding through paddocks, 4WD tracks, and weaving through tussock country. There are a couple of steep short climbs, rewarded by fantastic views of the Canterbury plains and balanced with invigorating descents! See www.sheffieldmtb.co.nz


Sat 27 February 2021 - NZ National XCO Champs - Crocodile XC MTB Park, Christchurch
The National Champs are coming to town! The Christchurch Singletrack Club are very excited to be hosting the XC champs this year at our Crocodile XC MTB Park. Even if you are not racing, this is a brilliant course for spectating at due to the easy access to so many key areas of the course and multiple opportunities per lap to watch riders. This XC event in conjunction with Gravity Canterbury who are hosting the DH champs on Sunday 28th at the Christchurch Adventure Park. More details are available at mtbnationals.nz and keep up with updates through our Crocodile XC MTB Page Facebook Page


Sat 27 February 2021 - Triple Peaks Challenge - Hawkes Bay
47km ride over three peaks in the Hawkes Bay. www.triplepeakschallenge.co.nz

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTION - was to be Sun 28 February 2021 - Whitehorse Big Easy - Waimate
1.5km, 5km, 13km, 20km and 27km MTB courses, as well as multisport options. www.whitehorsebigeasy.co.nz

March 2021


CANCELLED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTION - was to be Wed 3 March 2021 - Secondary School Singletracks 2020 Series round 1 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
A popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons through March. All the events start in the upper dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry (near the Entrance Hub of the Crocodile XC MTB Park) and will make use of the MTB singletrack network in the adjacent Crocodile XC MTB Park. The series is organised by Murray Anderson from the Christchurch Singletrack Club, who build and maintain the Crocodile XC MTB Park trail network at the Crocodile Park.
More details are available at www.racesingletracks.org.nz and keep up with updates through our Race Singletracks Facebook Page


POSTPONED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTION - was to be Sat 6 March 2021 - Karapoti Classic - Wellington
NZ’s longest running mountainbike event. 50km, 20km, and Kids 5km options. Based in Wellington's rugged Akatarawa Ranges, 10km north of Upper Hutt City, the Karapoti Classic is NZ’s premier MTB event. Established in 1986, it is renowned worldwide as the Southern Hemisphere’s longest running MTB event. This old-school adventure ride combines a huge but achievable challenge with superb scenery and an awesome social scene. Be quick... entries are limited to 1000 starters. www.karapoti.kiwi

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTION - was to be Sat 6 March 2021 - Motatapu, Wanaka
A 47km scenic ride from Glendhu Bay, Wanaka, to the historic and beautiful Arrowtown. This is your once a year opportunity to experience the breathtaking high country terrain and traverse the Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations. http://motatapu.com

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTION - was to be Sun 7 March 2021 – Rakahuri Rage 6-Hour Mountainbike Race – Rangiora
This family-friendly event offers a challenge for riders of all skill levels and experience. You'll compete in a team of 2-4 riders (or a solo rider) over a 6km course featuring singletrack and stop bank roads. The team which completes the most laps during the 6-hour race wins. One of the main aims of the Rakahuri Rage is to create a relaxed and social atmosphere. For more information or to enter visit www.rakahuri-rage.nz

Sun 7 March 2021 - Krank It - Christchurch
An event for women and children, held at Bottlelake Forest in both March and August.
www.krankit.co.nz


Wed 10 March 2021 - Secondary School Singletracks 2020 Series round 2 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
A popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons through March. All the events start in the upper dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry (near the Entrance Hub of the Crocodile XC MTB Park) and will make use of the MTB singletrack network in the adjacent Crocodile XC MTB Park. The series is organised by Murray Anderson from the Christchurch Singletrack Club, who build and maintain the Crocodile XC MTB Park trail network at the Crocodile Park.
More details are available at www.racesingletracks.org.nz and keep up with updates through our Race Singletracks Facebook Page

12-14 March 2021 - The Prospector MTB Stage Race, Alexandra
Three day MTB stage race set in the hills surrounding Alexandra using epic singletrack, gnarly climbs, arm pumping descents, and flowing trails. www.prospectormtb.co.nz

NEW DATE - 13 March 2021 - K2 Cycle Challenge, www.arcevents.co.nz

Sun 14 March 2021 - Pass 2 Pub MTB ride/race - Albury
New format - A new 41 km and 21 km course that starts and finishes at the Albury Tavern in South Canterbury. Mix of singletrack, gravel road and 4WD track. The same great family atmosphere, finish line setup and a great course. Details at www.pass2pub.com or their Facebook page


Wed 17 March 2021 - Secondary School Singletracks 2020 Series round 3 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
A popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons through March. All the events start in the upper dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry (near the Entrance Hub of the Crocodile XC MTB Park) and will make use of the MTB singletrack network in the adjacent Crocodile XC MTB Park. The series is organised by Murray Anderson from the Christchurch Singletrack Club, who build and maintain the Crocodile XC MTB Park trail network at the Crocodile Park.
More details are available at www.racesingletracks.org.nz and keep up with updates through our Race Singletracks Facebook Page


Sat 20 March 2021 - Hanmer 4 and 8 hour MTB event - Hanmer Springs
Perfect for all Canterbury riders! This is a great course for this race format - uses some of Hanmer's great singletrack but still not too demanding for those doing solo. With a team of up to four riders, or you could go solo, with a mixture of double track and singletrack riding, what a way to spent an Autumn day in Hanmer Springs. You have the choice of riding for 4 or 8 hours. 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. For more details and entry forms head along to www.hanmerevents.co.nz

20 March 2021 - Le Race, www.lerace.co.nz

Sun 21 March 2021 - Geraldine Multi Challenge - Geraldine
Three courses - 52, 32 and 18 km courses to suit all riders. www.geraldinemultichallenge.co.nz


Wed 24 March 2021 - Canterbury Secondary School XC Champs - Crocodile XC MTB Park
A popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons through March. All the events start in the upper dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry (near the Entrance Hub of the Crocodile XC MTB Park) and will make use of the MTB singletrack network in the adjacent Crocodile XC MTB Park. The series is organised by Murray Anderson from the Christchurch Singletrack Club, who build and maintain the Crocodile XC MTB Park trail network at the Crocodile Park.
More details are available at www.racesingletracks.org.nz and keep up with updates through our Race Singletracks Facebook Page


Sat 27 March 2021 - 4X2 MTB relay - Timaru
This is a great event and well worth Christchuch riders driving 2 hours south for. Held in the Scenic Reserve (Centennial Park) in Timaru. This event is a fun race for solos or teams of 2. Complete as many laps as you can on this short, very fast single track/ hardpack track in 4 hours. This is a fundraising event for trail development and other projects in South Canterbury. More info closer to the time at www.southcanterburymountainbikeclub.co.nz,

CANCELLED - Was to be Sun 4 April 2021 - Kaiwara Classic – Culverden to Cheviot
A scenic traverse between Culverden and Cheviot via the Lowry Peaks Range, Kaiwara Saddle, Ethelton Valley and the Random Spur. Two course options available: the traditional 43km ‘Challenge’ course; or the 45km 'Epic' course option for those who wish to race harder for longer. The epic course continues climbing from Kaiwara Saddle to the tops along rough farm track before re-joining the challenge course at the end of the Ethelton Valley. This adds 30 mins to the riding time. Organised by the Cheviot Lions with proceeds going to fund local community projects. For more information and to enter visit www.cheviotnzlions.club or email cheviotnzlions@gmail.com

Wed 7 April 2021 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 10 April 2021 - 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. This is an awesome adventure course and should be on every rider's to-do list! www.multisportevents.co.nz

Sat 10 April 2021 - The Dual, Motutapu-Rangitoto Traverse - Auckland
Choose either a 30 or 50km course that traverses the stunning volcanic Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands just off Auckland's east coast. Your entry includes a ferry trip out there and back from Auckland. All the details are at www.thedual.co.nz




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Christchurch Singletrack Club
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