cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 20 January 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 (

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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January 2015

Sat 24 January 2015 - 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.

Sat 24 January 2015 - 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.

Sat 31 January 2015 - NDURO 24 Hrs - Rotorua
Rotorua's longest event is moving to the summer months. A true test of your stamina, whether you hit this event as a solo or a team. 24 hours of beautiful Rotorua singletrack!

31 January 2015 - Around Brunner

February 2015

Sun 1 February 2015 - 679 XC race - Mt Hutt
This Bike Methven race, open to anybody, is held at the Mt Hutt Bike Park. Keep and eye on the Bike Methven Facebook page or email for more details.

Sun 1 February 2015 - The Trailblazer - Pureora Forest, Te Kuiti
Held on the fantastic Timber Trail in Waikato's Pureora Forest. 85, 45 and 35km courses.

Tuesday 3 February 2015 - Port Hills Hillclimb Series, Rapaki Track, Christchurch
Annual three race series organised by the Christchurch Singletrack Club. A midweek evening fun hillclimb time trial series using Rapaki, Worsleys and C2/Crocodile/Kennedys. Open to ALL riders and entry is by gold coin donation. Start anytime between 6 and 7pm. For both the Worsleys and Kennedys races, to minimise congestion, we'd like fast riders to head off first please, so hold back a bit if you're not so quick. Details at

Sat 7 February 2015 - Tekapo10 - Lake Tekapo
An exciting 10 hour XC team relay or solo race based in the Lake Tekapo Regional Park, utilising a 7km circuit of 4WD track and singletrack. Great race for all abilities of racers with plenty of passing room. This will be the third Tekapo10 event organised as a fundraiser for Mackenzie College outdoor sports, teamwork and leadership. More details at, and also at their Facebook page

Sun 8 February 2015 - Kaiwara Classic - Culverden
43km of adventure mountain biking from Culverden to Cheviot...via the Lowry Peaks Range, Kaiwara Saddle, Ethelton Valley and the Random Spur. They offer 2 course options: the traditional ‘Challenge’ course; or the newer 'Epic' course option for those who wish to race harder for longer. The new course continues climbing from Kaiwara Saddle to the tops along rough farm track before re-joining the original 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 or email

Tuesday 10 February 2015 - Port Hills Hillclimb Series, Worsleys Track, Christchurch
Note: The Worlseys round will not be held if the felling of Worsleys Spur conincides with the date of the race. Annual three race series organised by the Christchurch Singletrack Club. A midweek evening fun hillclimb time trial series using Rapaki, Worsleys and C2/Crocodile/Kennedys. Open to ALL riders and entry is by gold coin donation. Start anytime between 6 and 7pm. For both the Worsleys and Kennedys races, to minimise congestion, we'd like fast riders to head off first please, so hold back a bit if you're not so quick. Details at

Sun 8 February 2015 - NZ XC Cup event - Auckland
Fourforty MTB Park, Auckland. See

13-14 February 2015 - Coast to Coast,

Sat 14 February 2015 - Coppermine Epic and Enduro - 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. And new for 2014 sees an enduro option where you just get timed on the predominantly downhill sections. Entry numbers are restricted. Full details, maps etc and entryforms available online at

Sat 14 February 2015 - Moonshine Trail - Gore
Southland’s premier mountainbike, off-road run and duathlon event. MTB coourses range from 30 to 42 km. An awesome warm up for the Motatapu. Held at Dolamore Park, just out of Gore. See

Tuesday 17 February 2015 - Port Hills Hillclimb Series, C2-Upper Crocodile-Kennedys Track, Christchurch
Annual three race series organised by the Christchurch Singletrack Club. A midweek evening fun hillclimb time trial series using Rapaki, Worsleys and C2/Crocodile/Kennedys. Open to ALL riders and entry is by gold coin donation. Start anytime between 6 and 7pm. For both the Worsleys and Kennedys races, to minimise congestion, we'd like fast riders to head off first please, so hold back a bit if you're not so quick. Details at

Sat 21 February 2015 - 2W Gravity Enduro - Rotorua
Open to individuals and also social teams; catch shuttle busses to the tops of the hills (if you don’t feel like riding them!); then let rip racing down timed long flowing descents in the world famous Redwoods /Whakarewarewa Forest (Rotorua) trail network. Have some laughs and tell a few tales and enjoy some local comforts (good food and coffee) at the bottom, then share in some banter whilst cruising between race stages. Llimited entries. Another race is happening in February 2014.

Sat 28 February 2015 - Port Hills Classic, Halswell Quarry, Christchurch
It's back! The Port Hills Classic was first organised almost 30 years ago but hasn't been on the event calendar since about 2005. The event uses all of the great singletrack on the van Asch property, as well as tracks normally unavailable to the public. Will start and finish at Halswell Quarry. Organised by the Christchurch Singletrack Club. More details will be available closer to the event at

March 2015

Sun 1 March 2015 - 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.

Sun 1 March 2015 - 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. See ‘Events’ at Contact Kevin Wilson ph 03 579 2202 or 0274 614 941

Sat 7 March 2015 - Karapoti Classic - Upper Hutt
NZ's longest standing MTB event! 2015 is their 30th anniversary. Based in Wellington's rugged Akatarawa Ranges, 10km north of Upper Hutt City, the Karapoti is one of NZ's premier endurance mountainbike events. A huge but achievable challenge of 50km combined with spectacular scenery. For more info phone 04 920 5655, email or check out

Sat 7 March 2015 - Karapoti Challenge - Upper Hutt
A fun ride for off road rookies, recreational riders, families, supporters and schoolkids. Run in conjunction with the Karapoti Classic. For more info phone 04 920 5655, email or check out

Sat 7 March 2015 - Motatapu, Wanaka
50km very scenic ride in awesome countryside from Glendhu Bay, Wanaka to the historic and beautiful Arrowtown. The first seven kilometres are on gravel road, then you continue up the Motatapu Valley on a well maintained farm trail 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. Heaps of info and entry forms are at This event fills up real fast so need to get in early.

Sat 14 March 2015 - Hanmer 4 and 8 hour MTB event - Hanmer Springs
Perfect for all Canterbury riders! This is an awesome course for this race format - uses some of Hanmer's great singletrack but still not too demanding for those doing solo. The couorse is around 9km long. With a team of mates, work colleagues, school friends, or even the family, here is an event that is manageable by all. With a team of up to five riders, or you could go solo, with a mixture of forest roads and single track 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

14-22 March 2015 - Queenstown Bike Festival - Queenstown
Celebrating everything to do with biking. It’s an exciting 10-day event for all ages and abilities, and it gives you the chance to check out Queenstown’s world-class cycle tracks, trails, roads and spectacular lake and alpine scenery. Overview of the program:
14th March - Super D
15th March - Mega Avalanche + Kids Mini X
20th March - Coronet Peak Enduro
21st March - Slopestyle
22nd March - Downhill

Sun 15 March 2015 - Geraldine Bike Challenge - Geraldine
Three great courses: 52km Challenge - for the more experienced fit riders with a few hills, singletrack and river crossings added for your enjoyment. 32km Intermediate Challenge - A good fast ride with a couple of river crossings and singletrack. 18km Recreation race - A great adventure for the families and riders new to MTB events. All courses involve 4WD tracks and two river crossings (usually dry). Organised by the Lions Club of Geraldine. Visit for all info.

Sat 21 March 2015 - Rainbow Rage - St Arnaud to Hanmer
A very popular point-to-point event that travels the 106km from St Arnaud to Hanmer via the gravel Rainbow Road. There are also several other courses available now, some of which include the St James Cycleway Trail. Contact Mike Gane at or on 0273 151 138, or check out

Sat 21 March 2015 - 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. Contact Simon Hampton at, or by phone on 03 302 1822 or 027 274 6573. This is an awesome adventure course and should be on every rider's to-do list! More details, entry form, course map, photos etc are on their website:

Sun 22 March 2015 - Blue Mountain Gorges Challenge - Mt Peel, Geraldine
This course is simply awesome. Run in conjunction with the Mt Peel event. It is a true adventure that will challenge riders of any ability. With fast gravel, grunty climbs, rough 4WD tracks, numerous river and stream crossings, open grass flats, it simply has it all and is a must-do course for anyone who enjoys challenging adventure courses. It's around 65km long and covers some fantastic inland South Canterbury terrain. The route, incorporating over 1000m of altitude gain and loss, leaves Peel Forest and follows the Orari Gorge to Lochaber Station. There the route joins the course of the marathon for its return to Peel Forest township via Andrews Stream. There are no major climbs but is very undulating. The course is ideal for intermediate to expert riders who have a few technical skills. For more info, phone 03 688 5531 or head to

Not being held this year (will be back in 2016) Mt Peel MTB Marathon - Mt Peel, Geraldine
This is a fantastic event for anyone looking for a seriously challenging ride. The course is 85km long and probably the toughest single day MTB course in New Zealand. Climbing to over 1500m, the course includes about 10km of flat roads but most of it is on 4WD tracks (some quite rocky and rough) which allow magnificent views of the Southern Alps. About an hour is spent on a very exposed ridgeline before a steep, rocky descent to the Hewson and Orari Rivers, then returning to Peel Forest via Blue Mountain Station and the low Scotsburn range. There is over 2340m of climbing (mostly in one big very long climb!), so This is NOT A RACE FOR NOVICES! For those wanting an easier course then try the Blue Mountains course. For more info, phone 03 688 5531 or head to

Sat 28 March 2015 - Rakahuri Rage - North Canterbury
A new 6-hour event for teams of 2-4 riders that uses a 7km course on the banks of the Ashley River that includes some new track. $55 per rider, with proceeds going towards the MainPower Primary Schools Swimming Programme.

28 March 2015 - Graperide

Sat 28 March 2015 (apologies for listing this as 21st originally) - 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

Sun 29 March 2015 - Mt Somers MTB Race - Mt Somers
The Mayfield Lions Club Mt Somers MTB Classic bike race starts and finishes in the picturesque foothill settlement of Mt. Somers just a one hour drive from Christchurch and Timaru. The ride is over the historic Mt. Somers Station. There are three courses: The Mountain Challenge course is 35km long with steep ascents and descents - for the competent rider who likes a challenge. The Foothills Race is 30km, has a little less elevation but is still for the competitive rider who still enjoys a good workout! The Lowland ride is suited to the less competitive, is popular with families and school children and is 20km long. All the courses have fantastic views of surrounding farmland, native bush and mountains. The entry fee includes lunch at the finish.

April 2015

Sat 4 April 2015 - Tour de Wakatipu - Queenstown
MTB ride on the trails and tracks of the Wakatipu basin on an exclusive course from Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown to Chard Farm Kawarau River. See the details at

Sun 12 April 2015 - Wombat 100 - Victoria, Australia
One of the most exciting MTB marathon events in Australia. The event traverses Wombat State Forest and private property with fast fire trail, forest riding and up to 50% flowing single track with absolutely no tarmac! More details at

Sat 18 April 2015 - Contact Epic - Lake Hawea
One of the most scenic MTB events in NZ. A once a year opportunity to race the full 125km circumference of Lake Hawea, near Wanaka (also 95km and 35km options). If you are ready to raise the bar then this event is for you. Whether you want to race hard or just take on the challenge and adventure of completing this event, you won’t be disappointed. Entries close 30 March 2015. Further information at Entries close 24 March. Contact Danielle,; 03 443 6090 or 0274 595 106

May 2015

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

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).
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