cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 5 May 2022

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 , 2021 , 2022

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May 2022

Sun 1 May 2022 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Hagley Park, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. www.facebook.com/southerncrosscx

NEW DATE - Sat 1 May 2022 - Karapoti Classic - Wellington
NZís 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 NZís premier MTB event. Established in 1986, it is renowned worldwide as the Southern Hemisphereís 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

Sun 22 May 2022 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Ferrymead, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. www.facebook.com/southerncrosscx

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONs - was to be Sat 28 May 2022 - 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

June 2022

Sun 12 June 2022 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Roto Kahatu, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. www.facebook.com/southerncrosscx

Sun 19 June 2022 - 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

July 2022

Sun 3 July 2022 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Rawhiti, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. www.facebook.com/southerncrosscx

Sun 31 July 2022 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Ascot Golf Course, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. www.facebook.com/southerncrosscx

Sun 31 July 2022 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops. www.canterburymtb.co.nz

August 2022

Sun 14 August 2022 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops. www.canterburymtb.co.nz

Sun 28 August 2022 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops. www.canterburymtb.co.nz

September 2022

16 - 22 September 2022 - 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

Sun 18 September 2022 - Krank It - Christchurch
An event for women and children, held at Bottlelake Forest in both March and August. www.krankit.co.nz

October 2022

13-16 October 2022 - CyclingNZ Schools National Champs - Bluff
Hosted by the Southland MTB Club. www.schoolscycling.nz/

Sat 15 October 2022 - 10 Hour Day/Nighter & 6 Hour Blast - McLeans Island
11km course of easy flat hardpacked gravel track at McLeans Forest Park, Christchurch. www.bluedogevents.nz

21-23 October 2022 (Labour weekend) - Whaka 100 - Rotorua
The Big One. 100km of riding over courses that are predominantly singletrack. There is nothing else like it in New Zealand, or indeed the Southern Hemisphere. Courses for all to challenge themselves: 5km Kids, 10km Fun Ride, 25km, 50km, 100km and Miler (160km). Regardless of what course you decide to race one thing is guaranteed: you will be racing in one of the best mountain bike venues in New Zealand. www.whaka100.co.nz

Sat 22 October 2022 (Labour weekend) - Dusky Trail - Twizel
A great 40km course in the grandeur of the Mackenzie Country as you travel through iconic highcountry stations and take in the magnificent views of Mount Cook, Lake Pukaki, and Lake Benmore. Involves a few river crossings and an overall vertical climb of over just 500m. The Trail follows 4WD farm tracks and has a small section of both singletrack and gravel road. More info at: www.twizelhardlabour.org.nz

Sat 29 - Sun 30 October 2022 - Hanmer 12 and 24 hour - Hanmer Springs
A 12.5km course that uses many of the easier less technical tracks of the Hanmer forest trail network. Heaps more info at stjamesmountainsports.co.nz

November 2022

Sat 5 November 2022 - Timaru 10 Hour Day/Night MTB Race - Centennial Park, Timaru
A fun and relatively easy 9km course on singletrack and sections of grass in Centennial Park, Timaru. Categories include social and competitive, solo and teams. www.tenhour.co.nz

Sat 12 November 2022 - 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


Sat 26 November 2022 - Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, www.cyclechallenge.com

Sat 26 November 2022 - Huka Challenge - Taupo
85km MTB event run alongside the big Taupo roadie event. www.cyclechallenge.com

Sun 27 November 2022 - 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
- the 23km Recreational Track
- the 12km Family Track
More info at www.longbeachcoastalchallenge.com


December 2022

Sun 4 December 2022 - Tombstone MTB Race - Hanmer Springs
A great event that uses a 17.5km course (1 or 2 laps) that utilises the relatively new Tombstone track. There is also an easier 7km course option.
www.hanmerevents.co.nz/tombstonemtb


Sun 4 December 2022 - Bridge to Bridge - North Canterbury
Bike 58km from the Waimak River Gorge bridge to SH1 along 4WD, stopbanks and forestry tracks. Also a 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 2023

February 2023

March 2023

Sat 4 March 2023 - Karapoti Classic - Wellington
NZís 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 NZís premier MTB event. Established in 1986, it is renowned worldwide as the Southern Hemisphereís 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

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

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

April 2023

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 - 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



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