cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 3 July 2016
Past events: 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016

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

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June 2016

Sun 12 June 2016 - Craters Classic - Taupo
Old School single lap event with three distance options from approx 10km to approx 45 km.

Sun 19 June 2016 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Lake Ellesmere, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. Details closer to the time at

July 2016

Sun 10 July 2016 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Spencer Park, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. Details closer to the time at

6 - 13 July 2016 - 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. This event sells out VERY fast! All the details are at

Sun 31 July 2016 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Black Estate, Waipara
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. Details closer to the time at

August 2016

Sun 21 August 2016 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Rangiora Showgrounds, Rangiora
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. Details closer to the time at

September 2016

Sun 11 September 2016 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Ferrymead Park, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. Details closer to the time at

Sat 18 September 2016 - 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. Are you up for The Gamble? When Mountain biking & Strategy collide.

Fri 30 Sep - Sun 2 Oct 2016 - National and South Island Secondary Schools MTB Champs - Dunedin
Forester Park/ Bethunes Gully/ Signal Hill. More details closer to the time hopefully on the Schools Cycling website

October 2016

During October and November the Christchurch Singletrack Club will be running the annual three-race Short Track Series on the Siberia circuit on Kennedys Spur at Halswell. More info closer to the time.

Sat 8 October 2016 - Day-Night Thriller 3, 6 & 12hr - Tokoroa
NZ's biggest MTB event with over 3000 riders. Open to solo or teams. More info at

Sat 8 October 2016 - Motu 160 Cycle Challenge - Opotiki
A MTB and Road race that you can do as a solo or in a team. The 65km MTB leg on winding hilly forested gravel road is raced with the Motu Challenge multisport competitors and is followed by a road bike leg of 90km back over Traffords Hill and down Waioeka Gorge to Opotiki.

Sat 15 October 2016 - 6 and 12 hour Day/Nighter - McLeans Island
13km course of easy flat hardpacked gravel track at McLeans Forest Park, Christchurch. More details at, or contact, Ph: 03 331 7990.

Sun 23 October 2016 (Labour w/end) - Deans Bank 10 hour - Wanaka
A popular event that has had great rider feedback. The event is held on the purpose built 11km track situated on DOC land alongside the Clutha River at Deans Bank in Wanaka. The track is all singletrack and has been designed for bikers by bikers so it’s fun to ride! The track has been designed to suit riders of all abilities. Team categories or solo. See

Sun 23 October 2016 (Labour w/end) - Milk and Honey Race - Takaka, Golden Bay
One race, two bikes, one big hill. The Milk and Honey Race combines one of New Zealand’s biggest road climbs and longest stretches of downhill singletrack into one event. Join the Takaka Hill and the Rameka Track together, start and finish in Takaka, Golden Bay and you have an iconic road and mountainbike race that tests all-round riding skills. Roadies can team up with a mountain biker or you can go it alone with two different bikes. With a main street start and finish and famous Golden Bay hospitality, the Milk and Honey Race is one to enter now. Enter online at

29 October 2016 - K2 Cycle Challenge,

November 2016

During November and December the Christchurch Singletrack Club will be running the annual three-race Mini-XC Series on the C2-Deviation circuit at Halswell Quarry. More info closer to the time.

Sat 5 November 2016 - Timaru 10 Hour Day/Night MTB Race - Centennial Park, Timaru
A team relay event riding laps over a 10 hour period. 10 Hour Race starts at 9am and finishes at 7pm with the prize giving at 7.30pm. Also a 2-person 10 hour category. 6 Hour race starts at 1pm and finishes at 7pm with the prize giving at 7.30pm. 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. 10 hour teams of up to 5 riders or solo 10 Hour. Heaps of spot prizes. For more information or to enter on-line head to, or phone 03 688 5531

Sat 12 - Sun 13 November 2016 - 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, or email

26 November 2016 - Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge,

Sat 26 November 2016 - Huka Challenge - Taupo
85km MTB event run alongside the big roadie event.

Sun 27 November 2016 - 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

December 2016

3 December 2016 - Abel Tasman Cycle Challenge,

Sun 4 December 2016 - Bridge to Bridge - North Canterbury
Bike 58 km from the Waimak River Gorge bridge to SH1 along 4WD, stopbanks and forestry tracks. Also a 30km Willows to SH1 course and a 12km recreational ride, along with 3 running courses).

January 2017

During January and February the Christchurch Singletrack Club will be running the annual three-race Hillclimb Series on the Port Hills. More info closer to the time.

Sat 21 January 2017 - St James MTB Classic - St James Cycle Trail
Two courses in very spectacular countryside: The 65km James Pony Express and the 103km James Epic. Really stunning highcountry location and great course. They also have heaps of running and multisport course options.

February 2017

Sun 4 - Sat 11 Feb 2017 - The Pioneer 7 Day Epic - Christchurch to Queenstown and
The Pioneer is an awe inspiring seven day MTB stage race through NZ’s 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. Contact 09 601 9590 or

10-11 February 2017 - Coast to Coast,

Sat 11 February 2017 - Coppermine Epic - Nelson
10th Year Anniversary Event in 2017. 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

Sat 18 and Sun 19 February 2017 - Port Hills Classic Festival of events, Halswell Quarry, Christchurch
The Port Hills Classic was first organised 30 years ago and is thought to be the second proper MTB event in NZ. To celebrate, we are looking at having a weekend of events on the Port Hills. One of these will be the annual Port Hills Classic event - this uses all of the great singletrack on the van Asch property, as well as tracks normally unavailable to the public. Starts and finish at Halswell Quarry. More details closer to the time but there will be events for the whole family and several disciplines (some will be organised by other clubs). The PHC is organised by the Christchurch Singletrack Club who build and maintain the Halswell trail network. More details are available at

Sun 19 February 2017 - 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 25km 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

Sat 25 February 2017 - Mt Somers MTB Classic - Mt Somers
Three courses to suit all abilities and ages on Mt Somers Station, 35km Mountain Challenge, 30km Foothills Race, 20km Lowland ride. All races start and finish at the Mt Somers Domain and lunch is included in the entry fee. One hours drive from ChCh. Visit or their Facebook Page

March 2017

Sat 4 March 2017 - Karapoti Classic - Upper Hutt
NZ's longest standing MTB event, having been run since mid 80's! 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 4 March 2017 - 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

25 March 2017 - Le Race,

April 2017

May 2017

Sat 20 & Sun 21 May 2017 – “Weekender” - Blenheim
Saturday is the “Eliminator” at the Mountain Bike Park, Taylor Pass Road. Short course and great warm-up for Sunday. Sunday will be a race/ride on “Dumgree”, a hill country property behind Blenheim. Four courses approx. 10, 20, 30 and 40km with a mix of easier and harder topography. Organised by the Marlborough MTB Club. Contacts Peter Webster for Saturday, or Kevin Wilson for Sunday,
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