cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 21 February 2019

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 of us 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, we also list a few major road and multisport event dates (shown in green).

Past events: 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019

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February 2019

POSTPONED DUE TO NELSON FIRE - Was to be Sat 16 February 2019 - Coppermine Epic - Nelson
Don't miss this one! Simply awesome. Mountainbike courses don't come better than this. The main 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”. There is also an easier option (but same distance) that avoids both the grunt up to the summit of Fringe Hill and Black Diamond Ridge. Entry numbers are restricted. Full details, maps etc and entryforms available online at www.coppermine.co.nz

Sun 17 February 2019 - 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. This is a 24km race for the young and the young at heart! 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

21-25 February 2019 - The Escape Stage Race - Hawkes Bay
5 and 3 day options for solo riders or teams of two. www.theescape.co.nz

Sat 23 February 2019 - Mt Somers MTB Classic - Mt Somers
Three courses to suit all abilities and ages on Mt Somers Station, which in the past have been 35, 30 and 20km, but in 2019 will most likely be altered a little due to the new start/finish point. All races start and finish at the Mt Somers Station, one hours drive from ChCh. Visit www.mtsomersbikerace.co.nz or their Facebook Page

23 February 2019 - Ride The Rakaia, www.ridetherakaia.co.nz

Sat 23 February 2019 - Ruapehu Express - Central Plateau
A classic 55km XC point to point race/ride mostly across private land with exclusive access for this event only! Riders start on the Tukino Ski field Road and will be treated to a huge variety of terrain and trails including leg 1: NZ Army tussock/desert landscape LAV tracks, leg 2: the myriad of trails in the Karioi pine forest which wraps around the Whangaehu and Wahianoa Rivers, leg 3: the beautiful native Rangataua forest, leg 4: a smattering of farm land and quick dash to Ohakune on the tar sealed roads. There is also a shorter 21km course for those wanting a shorter challenge. Riders start mid way though the Karioi forest, then wind their way through the Rangataua native forest ending with a glide down to the finish line at Ohakune. www.ruapehuexpress.co.nz


Wed 27 February 2019 - Secondary School Singletracks 2018 Series round 1 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
A popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons before the school's road season kicks off in April. All the events are based at the dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry (near the start of the Crocodile Track) 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 Halswell.
More details are available at www.racesingletracks.org.nz and keep up with updates through our Race Singletracks Facebook Page


March 2019

Sat 2 March 2019 - Bluebridge 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 2 March 2019 - Te Anau Enduro - Te Anau
A very cool unique format event. A lap-style multi-sport endurance race which has three optional loops: 10km XC MTB, 5km trail run, & 5km kayak, all around 25-30 mins in length. You have the option of competing for 4 or 8 hours duration, and as a team or individual. You choose whatever discipline you want each lap you do during your race duration. For mountainbikers, you can simply choose to just ride the whole time if you wanted. See www.teanauenduro.com, or their Facebook page

Sun 3 March 2019 - 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


Wed 6 March 2019 - Secondary School Singletracks 2018 Series round 2 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
A popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons before the school's road season kicks off in April. All the events are based at the dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry (near the start of the Crocodile Track) 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 Halswell.
More details are available at www.racesingletracks.org.nz and keep up with updates through our Race Singletracks Facebook Page


Sat 9 March 2019 - Motatapu, Wanaka
A 47km scenic ride from Glendhu Bay, Wanaka, to the historic and beautiful Arrowtown. The first few kilometres are on gravel road, then you continue up the Motatapu Valley on a well maintained farm track 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. http://motatapu.com or contact nzinfo@ironman.com. This event fills up really fast so you need to get in early.

Sat 9 March 2019 - Triple Peaks Challenge - Hawkes Bay
47km ride over three peaks in the Hawkes Bay. www.triplepeakschallenge.co.nz

Sun 10 March 2019 – Rakahuri Rage 6-Hour Mountainbike Race – Rangiora
This family-friendly event offers a challenge for riders of all skill levels and experience. Based from the Rangiora Racecourse, you'll compete in a team of 2-4 riders over an 8km loop course featuring singletrack and stop bank roads. The team which completes the most laps during the 6-hour race wins. For the 2019 Rakahuri Rage they are introducing a solo category for a field of 10 riders. 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


Wed 13 March 2019 - Secondary School Singletracks 2018 Series round 3 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
A popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons before the school's road season kicks off in April. All the events are based at the dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry (near the start of the Crocodile Track) 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 Halswell.
More details are available at
www.racesingletracks.org.nz and keep up with updates through our Race Singletracks Facebook Page

Sat 16 March 2019 - 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

Sat 16 - Sun 17 March 2019 - CyclingNZ National XCO Champs - Rotorua
Hosted by the Rotorua MTB Club. www.mtbnationals.co.nz

Sun 17 March 2019 - Geraldine Multi-Challenge - Geraldine
Using purpose-built single track, Orari River trails, quiet back country roads, and local farmland, this event has something for every rider, with three courses to choose from (52, 32 and 18km). www.geraldinemultichallenge.co.nz, https://www.facebook.com/geraldinemultichallenge


Wed 20 March 2019 - Secondary School Singletracks 2018 Series round 4 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
A popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons before the school's road season kicks off in April. All the events are based at the dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry (near the start of the Crocodile Track) 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 Halswell.
More details are available at www.racesingletracks.org.nz and keep up with updates through our Race Singletracks Facebook Page


23 March 2019 - Le Race, www.lerace.co.nz

Sat 23 March 2019 - 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

Sun 24 March 2019 - Omihi School Farm Race - Canterbury
26 km, 18 km or 12 km. 9 am start. Contact Maree Lucas 021 776 864. See www.omihi.school.nz


Wed 27 March 2019 - Secondary School Singletracks 2018 Series round 5 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
A popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons before the school's road season kicks off in April. All the events are based at the dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry (near the start of the Crocodile Track) 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 Halswell.
More details are available at www.racesingletracks.org.nz and keep up with updates through our Race Singletracks Facebook Page


Sat 30 March 2019 - Moonride - Rotorua
12 and 6hr options for individuals or teams of 5 riders. Held at Waipa MTB area, Whaka Forest, Rotorua. More info at www.eventpromotions.co.nz/

30 March 2019 - Graperide www.graperide.co.nz

April 2019

Wed 3 April 2019 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Fri 5 April 2019 - HUXSTER McLeans primary and intermediate school MTB relay - Christchurch
A popular annual event for years 5-8 at McLeans Forest. Older kids can do solo. Course is usually around 4.5 km. See www.facebook.com/huxstermtb/

Sat 6 April 2019 - Naseby 12 Hour Challenge - Naseby
Awesome, awesome, awesome! The best relay event around. Start/finish area is at the Larchview Campground, Naseby. Usually 9am till 9pm. The normal 10 (ish) km course includes heaps of 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 on 1 Feb and all 750+ spots fill up within a few minutes! Solo spots take a little longer but you'll still want to be quick. For more info contact Craig Bates, 0274 894 361, 03 489 4360 or at cbates@landwardrealty.co.nz

Sun 7 April 2019 - 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.runandride.co.nz or email info@runandride.co.nz

Sun 7 April 2019 - Porirua Grand Traverse - Wellington
A 30k mountain biking tour of New Zealand’s newest mountain bike park, the Rangituhi Trail Park. Stunning single track in native bush mixed with 4WD roads to spectacular 360-degree views inland and out to sea. www.pgt.org.nz

Wed 10 April 2019 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 13 April 2019 - 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/

Sat 13 April 2019 - Contact 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

Wed 17 April 2019 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Wed 24 April 2019 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

NEW DATE - Sun 28 April 2019 - Red Zone 6 - Christchurch
6hr event on an 11km circuit around the streets of the Burwood red zone area. www.redzone6.co.nz

May 2019

Wed 1 May 2019 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

4 May 2019 - Around Brunner www.aroundbrunner.co.nz

Sat 4 May 2019 - T42 - Central Plateau
The 48km 42 Traverse is a historic logging road – undulating, with a few technical bits and a handful of short river crossings. www.t42.co.nz

Sun 5 May 2019 - 6-hour event - Ashburton
6-hour relay event on the Ashburton River trails for solo riders or teams of up to 4, hosted by the Mid Canterbury MTB Club. www.midcanterburymtbclub.co.nz

Wed 8 May 2019 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Wed 15 May 2019 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Wed 22 May 2019 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

Sat 25 May 2019 - 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

June 2019

Sun 23 June 2019 - Bridge to Bridge North - North Canterbury
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

July 2019

4 - 13 July 2019 - BC Bike Race - British Columbia, CANADA
While we don't list many international events on here, this is one that many Kiwis head overseas 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. This event sells out VERY fast and well ahead of the race date! All the details are at www.bcbikerace.com

August 2019

September 2019

October 2019

November 2019

Sat 2 November 2019 - 10 hour Day/Nighter and 6 hour blast - McLeans Island
11km course of easy flat hardpacked gravel track at McLeans Forest Park, Christchurch. www.bluedogevents.co.nz



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