cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 26 March 2020

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 , 2020

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March 2020


NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Wed 18 March 2020 - 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 before the school's road season kicks off in April. All the events start in the upper 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


NOW POSTPONED - Was to be 21 March 2020 - Le Race, www.lerace.co.nz

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Sat 21 March 2020 - 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

NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Sat 21 March 2020 - 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

NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Sat 21 March 2020 - 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

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Sun 22 March 2020 - 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


NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Wed 25 March 2020 - Secondary School Singletracks 2020 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 start in the upper 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


NOW CANCELLED - Was to be 27-29 March 2020 - South Island School MTB Champs - Mount Hutt
schools.cyclingnewzealand.nz/

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Sat 28 March 2020 - 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

NOW CANCELLED - Was to be 28-29 March 2020 - North Island School MTB Champs - Wainuiomata, Wellington
schools.cyclingnewzealand.nz/

April 2020


NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Wed 1 April 2020 - Canterbury Secondary School XC Champs - 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 start in the upper 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


NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Wed 1 April 2020 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Sat 4 April 2020 - Naseby 12 Hour Challenge - Naseby
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 team spots fill up very quickly! Solo spots take a little longer but you'll still want to be quick.

NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Sat 4 April 2020 - Rainbow Rage - St Arnaud to Hanmer
A 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 0273 151 138, or head to www.rainbowrage.co.nz

NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Sun 5 April 2020 - 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

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Wed 8 April 2020 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Wed 15 April 2020 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Sat 18 April 2020 - 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/

NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Sat 18 April 2020 - 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

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Wed 22 April 2020 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Sat 25 April 2020 - Tekapo Alpine Grind - Lake Tekapo
1, 3, 6 and 9hr options using a 10km circuit of 4WD tracks, singletrack, and open farmland on Balmoral Station. activeqt.co.nz

NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Sun 26 April 2020 - Red Zone 6 - Christchurch
6hr event on an 11km circuit around the streets of the Burwood red zone area. www.redzone6.co.nz

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Wed 29 April 2020 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

May 2020

NOW CANCELLED - Was to be 2 May 2020 - Around Brunner www.aroundbrunner.co.nz

NOW CANCELLED - Was to be Sun 3 May 2020 - 6-hour event - Ashburton
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

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Wed 6 May 2020 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Wed 13 May 2020 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Wed 20 May 2020 - Night racing - McLeans Island, Christchurch
Night racing series. www.bluedogevents.co.nz

NOW POSTPONED - Was to be Sat 23 May 2020 - 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 2020

Sun 21 June 2020 - 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 2020

August 2020

Sun 9 August 2020 - Krank It - Christchurch
An event for women and children, held at Bottlelake Forest in both March and August. www.krankit.co.nz

Sun 16 August 2020 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.$49 per race. www.canterburymtb.co.nz

Sun 30 August 2020 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.$49 per race. www.canterburymtb.co.nz

September 2020

Sun 13 September 2020 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.$49 per race. www.canterburymtb.co.nz

October 2020

November 2020

Sat 14 November 2020 - Ride the Wilderness - West Coast Wilderness Trail, West Coast
Four different course options to suit all riders:
- 131 km, Ross to Greymouth
- 100 km, Hokitika to Greymouth
- 64 km, Cowboy Paradise to Greymouth
- 26 km, Kumara to Greymouth
Teams of 2 or 4 can race from Ross and teams of 2 from Cowboy Paradise. See www.ridethewilderness.co.nz


December 2020

Sun 6 December 2020 - Bridge to Bridge - North Canterbury
Bike 58km from the Waimak River Gorge bridge to SH1 along 4WD, stopbanks and forestry tracks. Also this year is a new 115km Enduro option which heads up the North Bank and down the SOuth Bank. Other options are the 30km Willows to SH1 course and a 12km recreational ride. www.bridgetobridge.co.nz

January 2021

February 2021

March 2021

April 2021

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

Mon 26 April 2021 - Red Zone 6 - Christchurch
6hr event on an 11km circuit around the streets of the Burwood red zone area. www.redzone6.co.nz

May 2021

1 May 2021 - Around Brunner www.aroundbrunner.co.nz



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Christchurch Singletrack Club
Canterbury cross-country mountain bike trailbuilding and events
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