cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 9 December 2018

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

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December 2018


Tuesday evening, 11 December 2018 - Singletrack Club Mini-XC Series round 3 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a series of short cross country races this season for CSC club members (others are welcome to come along to try it out). Short course multi-lap format using various loops within the ever growing trail network of the Crocodile XC MTB Park. Course typically take 20-30 minutes to complete and involve 1-5 laps. We try to vary the course each week. Usually 2-4 races each evening to cater for both sport and expert riders. More details at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining or if tracks are too wet. More info from Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.


Tuesday evening, 18 December 2018 - Singletrack Club Mini-XC Series round 4 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a series of short cross country races this season for CSC club members (others are welcome to come along to try it out). Short course multi-lap format using various loops within the ever growing trail network of the Crocodile XC MTB Park. Course typically take 20-30 minutes to complete and involve 1-5 laps. We try to vary the course each week. Usually 2-4 races each evening to cater for both sport and expert riders. More details at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is by donation. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining or if tracks are too wet. More info from Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

Sun 30 December 2018 - Bannockburn MTB Classic - Bannockburn
A very popular event over the holiday period that takes you into the hills of Bannockburn (just down the road from Queenstown). Three courses to choose from:
Classic ride - 35km of gravel roads and undulating 4WD tracks with a climb of about 600m. Ride time of 1hr 30min - 3hrs
Sport ride - 22km of gravel roads and 4WD tracks with a climb of 350m. Ride time of 45min - 1hr 45min
Recreation ride - 10km of gravel road and 4WD tracks. Ideal for first timers or families with children over 10yrs. Ride time of 30min - 1hr. More info at www.cromwell.org.nz, or contact Terry Emmitt on 0274 849 424 or email info@cromwell.org.nz


January 2019

4-6 January 2019 - Elite Road Nationals (in Napier again in 2019), www.elitenationals.co.nz

Sat 19 January 2019 - 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. www.stjamesmountainsports.co.nz

Sat 19 January 2019 - Minaret Burn - Wanaka
62km race with over 1100m of climbing. $200 per person to enter https://redbulldefiance.nz/

February 2019


Sun 3 February 2019 - SIXCO 2019 (MTBNZ South Island XCO Champs) - Crocodile XC MTB Park, Christchurch
Its back! After a very successful 2018 event, the Christchurch Singletrack Club are hosting it again in 2019! A lot of work during 2018 is going into improving the course to make the 2019 event even better. We'd love to have you there, either racing or spectating. We're using a sweet 4-4.5km (160-180m of climbing per lap) purpose-built race course that uses a few brand new tracks and some existing tracks. More details about the event, and how to enter, at www.singletrack.org.nz. This is going to be great for ChCh with options for all riders. The course double backs on itself in numerous places so is excellent for specatating at, especially with the best riders from around NZ (and possibly a few Aussies) taking on the main Champs races. Lock the date in and bring along your friends. Don't miss this one!

Sun 3 February 2019 - Gold Trail MTB Ride - Shantytown, West Coast
A 40km ride from Shantytown to Moana (Lake Brunner) by a route never done before this event. Ride through the history of the West Coast and the Gold Trails that both our ancestors and many Chinese walked, in the search for their riches of the Gold of the West Coast. www.goldtrail.co.nz

8-9 February 2019 - Coast to Coast, www.coasttocoast.co.nz

Sat 9 February 2019 - Moonshine Trail - Gore
Southland’s premier mountainbike event. MTB courses range from 30 to 50 km. An awesome warm up for the Motatapu. Held at Dolamore Park, just out of Gore. See www.moonshinetrail.co.nz

Sun 10 February 2019 - MTBNZ North Island XCO Champs - Palmerston North
Hosted by the Manawatu Mountainbike Club. Link to come

Sun 10 February 2019 - Red Zone 6 - Christchurch
6hr event on an 11km circuit around the streets of the Burwood red zone area. www.redzone6.co.nz


Tue 12 February 2019 - 'Reverse-Enduro' Hillclimb Event - Crocodile XC MTB Park, Christchurch
Following positive feedback on last year's event, we're bringing back this 'Reverse-Enduro' hillclimb event, done in an enduro-style where you are timed on the climbs and ride the untimed descents at whatever speed you want. Your cumulative time across the 5-6 stages decides your placings. Hosted by the Christchurch Singletrack Club. More details closer to the time at www.singletrack.org.nz..

Sat 16 February 2019 - 4X2 MTB relay - Timaru
This is a great event and well worth Christchuch riders driving 2 hours south for. Held in the Scenic Reserve (Centennial Park) in Timaru. Now in its fifth year, this event is a fun race for solos or teams of 2. Complete as many laps as you can on this short, very fast single track/ hardpack track in 4 hours. This is a fundraising event for trail development and other projects in South Canterbury. More info and entry forms later in 2018 at www.southcanterburymountainbikeclub.co.nz,

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


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

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

May 2019

4 May 2019 - Around Brunner www.aroundbrunner.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



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