cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 30 April 2015
Past events: 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015

The following is a frequently updated list of all the cross country mountainbike events we know of that may be of interest to cross country mountainbikers (particularly those from Canterbury). While we try to ensure details are correct, the Christchurch Singletrack Club take no responsibility if they are not. If you spot any errors or know of other events that should be included here then please let us know by flicking us an email (craig@singletrack.org.nz)

To help with competitors and organisers scheduling events, I have decided to list some major road and multisport event dates (shown in green).


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April 2015

Wed 22 April 2015 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sun 26 April 2015 (ANZAC weekend) - Skyline Challenge - Martinborough
3 courses: 32km grade 3 ride, a 16km intermediate grade, and a 8km family ride. www.skylinechallenge.co.nz

Wed 29 April 2015 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 2 May 2015 - King & Queen of Sticky Forest - Wanaka
Three categories: Open (25km), Weekend Warrior (20km) and Beginner (8km). Entry fee is Bike Wanaka annual membership. Rego 9-10am at Race Village, Outlet Road, Wanaka. http://lakewanakacycling.ning.com/events/king-queen-of-sticky-2015

May 2015

Sat 2 May 2015 - King & Queen of Sticky Forest - Wanaka
Three categories: Open (4 laps), Weekend Warrior (3 laps) and Beginner (2 laps). Entry fee is just $20. http://lakewanakacycling.ning.com/events/king-queen-of-sticky-2015

Sun 3 May 2015 - 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 6 May 2015 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 9 May 2015 - The Gambler - Taupo
This is a 4 hr multi lap race, with a BIG difference! You have 4 different tracks, each track with a different points allocation, and you choose which tracks you ride, when and how often. You accumulate points by completing laps and try to gain maximum points during the 4 hrs race time - thus the Gamble! They are using their local pumice based Taupo Trails at Craters MTB Park, situatied just North of Taupo Township. Starts 10am. Are you up for The Gamble? 3.3km Intermediate, 4.9km Beginner, 5.9km Advanced, 6.1km Intermediate. When Mountain biking & Strategy collide. www.mountainbiketaupo.org.nz

Sun 10 May 2015 - 6 hour event - Ashburton
6 hour relay event on the Ashburton River trails. www.midcanterburymtbclub.co.nz

Wed 13 May 2015 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Wed 20 May 2015 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 23 May 2015 - 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. For more details and entry forms head along to www.hanmerevents.co.nz

Sun 24 May 2015 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Venue TBC, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. Details closer tp the time at www.southerncrosscx.blogspot.co.nz

Sun 24 May 2015 (Rescheduled date) - Marlborough MTB Challenge - Blenheim
A cross country event in Maxwell Pass and surrounds with a choice of three courses 20, 30, or 42km (approx) on medium to steep hill country. Details to follow. Contact Kevin Wilson ph 03 579 2202 or 0274 614 941

Wed 27 May 2015 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

June 2015

Wed 2 June 2015 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sun 14 June 2015 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Venue TBC, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. Details closer tp the time at www.southerncrosscx.blogspot.co.nz

27 June - 4 July 2015 - BC Bike Race - British Columbia, CANADA
While we don't list many international events on here, this is one that many Kiwis head over for. 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. All the details are at www.bcbikerace.com

Sat 30 June 2015 (Queens Birthday Weekend) - High Country Mini Brevet - Rangiora, North Canterbury
This feeder brevet is 410 km long and is aimed at introducing people to the fun of self supported multi-day navigation that is the Brevet. Starts 9am Saturday 30 May and finishes anytime up till 9pm on 1 June. They are planning on having SPOT trackers but it's a no-frills "you are on your own" type affair. Course starts and finishes at Rangiora. Indicate your interest and get more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1554673548115487/1559453217637520/

July 2015

Sun 5 July 2015 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Venue TBC, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. Details closer tp the time at www.southerncrosscx.blogspot.co.nz

Sat 18 July 2015 - Winter Quest - Cromwell
4 laps of a 10km circuit through a vineyard and farm. See www.winterquest.wordpress.com

Sat 25 - Sun 26 July 2015 - The 3 Ring Circus - Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, NSW,
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 26 July 2015 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Venue TBC, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. Details closer tp the time at www.southerncrosscx.blogspot.co.nz

August 2015

Sun 22 Aug 2015 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Venue TBC, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. Details closer tp the time at www.southerncrosscx.blogspot.co.nz

September 2015

October 2015

Sat 17 October 2015 - 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.

Sat 24 October 2015 - 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

November 2015

Sat 7 November 2015 - Timaru 12 Hour Day/Night MTB Race - Centennial Park, Timaru
A team relay event riding laps over a 12 hour period. Racing is normally 9am to 9pm, with prizegiving at 9:30pm. Fantastic singletrack course that is fast and challenging with loads of ups and downs but no big hills so ideal for both teams and solo. 12 hour teams of up to 5 riders or 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 7 - Sun 8 November 2015 - The Highland Fling - Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, NSW,
A MTB marathon starting and finishing in the village of Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia. Open to solo or teams. An event for all, with four courses: 14, 55, 110 and 160km offering scenic and challenging routes through forests and farmland in the Southern Highlands of NSW, hammering singletrack, forest tracks, dirt road and less than 2km of blacktop. Heaps more info can be found at www.wildhorizons.com.au, or email fling@wildhorizons.com.au.

28 November 2015 - Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, www.cyclechallenge.com

Sat 28 November 2015 - Huka Challenge - Taupo
85km MTB event run alongside the big roadie event. www.cyclechallenge.com

Sun 29 November 2015 - The Longbeach MTB Coastal Challenge - Hinds
A course with stream crossings, strenuous gullies and farm tracks along the beautiful coastline of the Pacific Ocean. There are four courses:
- 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 Team Track for highly competitive teams
- The 12km Family Track
More info at www.longbeachcoastalchallenge.com


December 2015

Sun 6 December 2014 - Bridge to Bridge - North Canterbury
Bike from the Waimak River Gorge bridge to SH1 along 4WD, stopbanks and forestry tracks. 50km (also 10 and 20km non-race courses). www.bridgetobridge.co.nz

January 2016

Sat 30 January 2016 - St James MTB Classic - St James Cycle Trail
Two courses in spectacular countryside: The 65km James Pony Express and the 103km James Epic. Stunning location and great course. They also have heaps of running and multisport course options. www.stjamesmountainsports.co.nz

Sat 30 January 2016 - The Big Easy - Wanaka
Highest Mountainbike Race in New Zealand. A 48km event starting at the Snow Farm and travelling to the top of Mt Pisa then a big down hill to Luggate, then up to the finish at the Albert Town Tavern. Also an easier 30km course. www.highlandevents.co.nz

Sun 31 Jan - Sat 6 Feb 2016 - The Pioneer Stage Race - Christchurch to Queenstown
The Pioneer is an awe inspiring seven day MTB stage race through NZs pristine Southern Alps. The first race of its kind to link together over 500 km of farm tracks, NZ Cycle Trails, double track and singletrack riding in a very special part of the world where soaring mountain peaks, crystal-clear blue lakes, and golden high country await. http://thepioneer.co.nz

Sun 31 January 2016 - The Pioneer Race Christchurch Day Ride - Christchurch
This is your chance to ride the same course as the Pioneer prologue, and then some! Open to anyone to enter, the Christchurch Day ride is being held on the dedicated MTB track network in the Port Hills. Each race distance starts & finishes at the Pioneer event hub in the centre of the city, riders will then warm up with an urban XC course before attacking the hills to complete either 65km, 45km or 30km distances. http://thepioneer.co.nz/christchurch-day-ride/

February 2016

Sat 6 February 2016 - The Pioneer Race Queenstown Day Ride - Queenstown
This is your chance to ride the final day of the Pioneer seven day MTB stage race! Open to anyone to enter, the Queenstown day ride is the final day of the Pioneer stage race from Snow Farm to Queenstown. The first half of the ride is challenging riding with 2000 m of ascent and some good climbs to reach stunning views, then you will tackle a 12 km descent into Arrowtown before riding the Queenstown Trails network to the finish line. In addition to the 60 km race there is also a 20 km ride option from Arrowtown. http://thepioneer.co.nz/queenstown-day-ride/

12-13 February 2016 - Coast to Coast, www.coasttocoast.co.nz

Sat 20 February 2016 - Crater Rim - Port Hills, Christchurch
It's back! www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 20 - Sun 21 February 2016 - World 24 Hour Solo MTB Champs - Rotorua
After stopping off in Italy in 2012, Australia 2013, Scotland 2014, United States of America 2015, the WEMBO World Solo 24 hour Solo Mountain Bike Championship will again come back to the Southern Hemisphere. The excitement begins to build on the Friday 13th of February as the 4th Rotorua Bike Festival kicks off with over 30 events and will draw to a close with the World Solo 24 hour Solo Mountain Bike Championship. Although this is the world champs YOU can race! Open to anyone. Entry opens October 2015. See wembo2016.com

Sun 28 Feb - Sat 5 Mar 2016 - Kiwi Crusade Stage Race - Bay of Plenty
This is the first ever North Island stage race and has been put together so that professional and amateur riders can compete on the same route, at the same time for the same prize money, or the best photos along the route. The Kiwi Crusade is a 7 day, 7 stage, 2 man team, fully supported MTB stage race. See www.kiwicrusade.co.nz

March 2016

April 2016

Sat 16 April 2016 - Kaiteriteri 6 hour relay - Kaiteriteri MTB Park
6 Hours of fun riding through the Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park. Enter solo if you dare, or in relay-style teams of 2-4. Laps take 20-30 min depending on fitness and ability, with the course suitable for those with basic MTB skills and above. There's a fun vibe to the event, with many in fancy dress. Spot prizes through the day. Categories: Solo Man, Solo Woman, Men, Women, Mixed, Workplace Challenge, Intermediate (Yr 7 & 8), High School (Yr 9-13). This is the first weekend of the April school holidays so more riders from the likes of Christchurch can easily head up to do it and take advantage of having a bit more time to enjoy the area. To find out more about this event, or Kaiteriteri MTB in general, head along to www.kaiteriterimtbpark.org.nz



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