Mountainbike events calendar - 2023 past events

This calendar was compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club and is a list of 2023 events that have been and gone and have been shifted over from the main calendar page.

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Sun 15 January 2023 - MTBNZ XC Series Round 1 - Oamaru,
A three round series this year. www.mtbnz.org.nz


Sat 21 January 2023 - MTBNZ XC Series Round 2 - Christchurch,
Round 2 is hosted by us, the Christchurch Singletrack Club! Held at the purpose-built Crocodile XC MTB Park race course, and incorporating a few new features. A three round series this year. www.mtbnz.org.nz



Sat 21 January 2023 - St James MTB Classic - St James Cycle Trail
Two courses in very spectacular countryside: The 35km Mad Cow and the 100km James Epic. Really stunning highcountry location. They also have running and multisport course options. www.stjamesmountainsports.co.nz

Sun 5 February 2023 (Waitangi Weekend) - MTBNZ XC Series Round 3 - Pirongia,
A three round series this year. www.mtbnz.org.nz

Sun 5 February 2023 (Waitangi Weekend) - Gold Trail MTB Ride - Shantytown, West Coast
A 40km ride from Shantytown to Moana (Lake Brunner). www.goldtrail.co.nz

10-11 February 2023 - Coast to Coast, www.coasttocoast.co.nz

Sat 18 February 2023 - Papakaio 8 Hour MTB Challenge - Papakaio, North Otago
An 8hr relay on an 8km course on private land using farmland and forest trails. The 8 km course is a mixture of handbuilt singletrack, historic water races and farm track - plenty of challenge but well within the ability of most social riders. 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.nz

POSTPONED FOR 2023 - Was to be Sat 18 February 2023 - The Mackenzie - Lake Tekapo
A lap of Lake Tekapo is back on the calendar again, but this time in summer. 88km loop. themackenzierace.com


Sunday, 19 February 2023 - Singletrack Club Crocodile Reverse Enduro - Crocodile XC MTB Park
Our annual Reverse Enduro which will decide the 2023 club Hillclimb Champions. More details at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation for club members (otherwise $15). Will be postponed or cancelled if raining or if tracks are too wet. More info from Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

Sun 25 February 2023 - CyclingNZ XC National Champs - Queenstown,
www.cyclingnewzealand.nz

Sat 25 February 2023 - Triple Peaks Challenge - Hawkes Bay
47km ride over three peaks in the Hawkes Bay. www.triplepeakschallenge.co.nz

Sat 25 February 2023 - Moonshine Trail - Gore
Southland’s premier mountainbike event. MTB courses range from 30 to 50 km. Held at Dolamore Park, just out of Gore. See https://www.sporty.co.nz/moonshinetrail

Wed, 1 March 2023 - Singletracks Secondary School Series, round 1 - Crocodile XC MTB Park, ChCh
Our (Christchurch Singletrack Club) very popular annual series of short XC races for Canterbury secondary school riders. Short course multi-lap format using various loops within the ever growing trail network of the Crocodile XC MTB Park. Races typically take around 25-30 minutes to complete, and involve up to 3 laps. We vary the course each week. More details at https://racesingletracks.org.nz

Sat 4 March 2023 - 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

Sat 4 March 2023 - 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. Also new for 2023 is the 56km Coronet Loop course - a grade 3-4 trail with some technicl aspects, exposure and plenty of climbing. www.motatapu.com

EVENT CANCELLED - Was to be Sun 5 March 2023 - Rakahuri Rage 6-Hour Mountainbike Race - Rangiora
Family-friendly event for teams of 2-4 riders (or solo) over a 6km course featuring singletrack and stop bank roads. www.rakahuri-rage.nz

Wed, 8 March 2023 - Singletracks Secondary School Series, round 2 - Crocodile XC MTB Park, ChCh
Our (Christchurch Singletrack Club) very popular annual series of short XC races for Canterbury secondary school riders. Short course multi-lap format using various loops within the ever growing trail network of the Crocodile XC MTB Park. Races typically take around 25-30 minutes to complete, and involve up to 3 laps. We vary the course each week. More details at
https://racesingletracks.org.nz

Fri 10 - Sun 12 March 2023 - The Prospector MTB Stage Race, Alexandra
A very popular 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

Sun 12 March 2023 - Krank It - Christchurch
An event for women and children, held at Bottlelake Forest in both March and August. www.krankit.co.nz

Wed, 15 March 2023 - Singletracks Secondary School Series, round 3 - Crocodile XC MTB Park, ChCh
Our (Christchurch Singletrack Club) very popular annual series of short XC races for Canterbury secondary school riders. Short course multi-lap format using various loops within the ever growing trail network of the Crocodile XC MTB Park. Races typically take around 25-30 minutes to complete, and involve up to 3 laps. We vary the course each week. More details at https://racesingletracks.org.nz

EVENT CANCELLED - Was to be Sat 18 March 2023 - 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/48mtb

18 March 2023 - Le Race, www.lerace.co.nz

Sun 19 March 2023 - Oceania XC Champs, Brisbane
oceaniacycling.org

Sun 19 March 2023 - Geraldine Multi Challenge - Geraldine
Three courses - 52, 32 and 18 km courses to suit all riders. www.geraldinemultichallenge.co.nz

EVENT CANCELLED - Was to be Wed, 22 March 2023 - Singletracks Secondary School Canterbury Champs - Crocodile XC MTB Park, ChCh
Our (Christchurch Singletrack Club) very popular annual series of short XC races for Canterbury secondary school riders. Short course multi-lap format using various loops within the ever growing trail network of the Crocodile XC MTB Park. Races typically take around 25-30 minutes to complete, and involve up to 3 laps. We vary the course each week. More details at https://racesingletracks.org.nz

Sat 25 March 2023 - 679 XC - Mt Hutt
www.bikemethven.co.nz

Thu 30 March - Sat 1 April 2023 - South Island School MTB Champs - Coronet Peak
https://schools.cyclingnewzealand.nz/

EVENT CANCELLED - Was to be Sat 1 April 2023 - Lake Hawea Epic - Lake Hawea
One of the most scenic MTB events in NZ. Circumnavigate the stunning and remote Lake Hawea, next to Wanaka. Ride through the Hunter Valley and Dingleburn Stations past the foothills to the Southern Alps and experience a unique and memorable adventure. Distances for every ability; 35km, 95km, 125km or 160 km. Entries close 31 March. www.contactepic.co.nz

Sun 2 April 2023 - Whitehorse Big Easy - Waimate
20km and 27km MTB courses, as well as multisport options. www.whitehorsebigeasy.co.nz

Sun 2 April 2023 - Porirua Grand Traverse - Porirua, Wellington
Established in 2006, the PGT is the grand tour of Porirua's spectacular hills, harbour and coastline. Tackle the full 58km multisport event, or have a crack at the 28km MTB ride on Rangituhi's amazing singletrack paradise. Something for everyone - all ages, all abilities, all amazing! Enter at poriruagrandtraverse.co.nz

Fri 14 - Sun 16 April 2023 - North Island School MTB Champs - Rotorua
https://schools.cyclingnewzealand.nz/

Sat 15 April 2023 - 4 & 6-hour event - Ashburton
4 & 6-hour relay event on the Ashburton River trails for solo riders or teams of up to 4, hosted by Mountain Bike Ashburton. www.mountainbikeashburton.co.nz

Wed 19 April 2023 - Night racing round 1 - McLeans Island
Now organised by Muddy Gumboot Events...https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091687387960

Sat 22 April 2023 - Kaiteriteri 6 hour - Kaiteriteri
This 6 hour relay is the main event on what is a weekend of MTB events at the fabulous Kaiteriteri MTB Park. 20-30 min laps through their easier tracks for teams and solo riders. See https://bikekaiteriteri.co.nz/

Sun 23 April 2023 - Red Zone 6 - Christchurch
6hr event on an 11km circuit around the streets of the Burwood red zone area. www.redzone6.co.nz

Wed 26 April 2023 - Night racing round 2 - McLeans Island
Now organised by Muddy Gumboot Events...https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091687387960

Wed 3 May 2023 - Night racing round 3 - McLeans Island
Now organised by Muddy Gumboot Events...https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091687387960

Sun 7 May 2023 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Hagley Park, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. www.facebook.com/southerncrosscx

Wed 10 May 2023 - Night racing round 4 - McLeans Island
Now organised by Muddy Gumboot Events...https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091687387960

Sat 27 May 2023 - Mt Isobel Challenge - Hanmer
A superb mountain duathlon in the beautiful mountain setting of Hanmer Springs, involving a fantastic 8km 1000m ascent mountain run up to the summit of Mt Isobel and down to Jacks Pass, then a 22km mountainbike ride around the gravel road alongside the Clarence River and back over Jollies Pass and through the forest back to where you started at the Hanmer Domain. Compete as a team or an individual. www.hanmerevents.co.nz

Sun 28 May 2023 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Roto-K, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. www.facebook.com/southerncrosscx

Sun 18 June 2023 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Kartsport, Halswell, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. www.facebook.com/southerncrosscx

Sun 18 June 2023 - Bridge to Bridge North - North Canterbury
15km, 30km and 60km courses, finishing in Kaiapoi just by the Bridge on Raven Quay. Bike from the Waimak River Gorge bridge to Kaiapoi along 4WD, stopbanks and forestry tracks. www.bridgetobridge.co.nz

3 - 9 July 2023 - BC Bike Race - British Columbia, CANADA
While we don't list many international events on here, this is one that several Kiwis have headed overseas for in previous years. They say it is more then a race, its the best 7 days you've ever experienced on a mountainbike. It's a tour of the West Coast of Canada's beautiful state of British Columbia - the trails, the towns, the lifestyle. Epic (avg 50km/day) or Challenge (avg 30km/day) Courses are 70% singletrack. This event sells out VERY fast and well ahead of the race date! All the details are at www.bcbikerace.com

CHANGE OF VENUE: Sun 16 July 2023 - South Island School Cyclocross Champs - Ascot KartSport, Christchurch
Hosted by SCCX. www.facebook.com/southerncrosscx




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Christchurch Singletrack Club
www.singletrack.org.nz

Canterbury cross-country mountainbike trailbuilding and events
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