cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 20 February 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 (craig@singletrack.org.nz)

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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February 2015

Sat 21 February 2015 - Mt Hutt Summer Open Day - Mt Hutt
A community effort with Methven Lions Club, Mt Hutt ski area staff and the bus drivers of Methven Travel giving their time to welcome visitors to the mountain and to raise money for causes supported by the Methven Lions, this year proceeds will be distributed to our local schools. Mt Hutt’s massive six-seater chairlift will carry families, walkers, bikes and bikers to the summit where, weather permitting, they will be able to enjoy unrivalled views of the Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. Visitors will be able to descend on the chairlift or walk or bike down from the summit. As the terrain is steep and erosion likely, riders must descend the summit on the four wheel drive tracks. Admission is $20 per person or $40 for a family. The admission price includes free travel on the chairlift all day.

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. www.2w.co.nz

Sat 21 February 2015 - 4 x 2 Teams Relay Event - Timaru
Held at Centennial Park in Timaru, this event is for solos or teams of 2, where you complete as many laps as you can in 4 hours. See www.southcanterburymountainbikeclub.co.nz

Sat 21 February 2015 - Colville Connection - Coromandel Peninsula
Three rides available from Colville at the remote northern end of the Coromandel Peninsula:
- The signature event the 72km Le Originale - a tough marathon ride with heaps of climbing, spectacular views, spectacular descents.
- The 40km Short and Stout - a technical challenging ride but shorter than the big one
- The 24km Flowrider - This honey of a ride is designed for those who want a day out on the bike but something not too tough. Its 100% rideable, offers a mix of non technical singletrack, farm tracks and gravel roads - and the chance of a swim at beautiful Waikawau Bay.
More info at www.colvilleconnection.co.nz, or contact jim@colvilleconnection.co.nz, or 021 648 085



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 are available at www.singletrack.org.nz


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. www.pass2pub.com

Postponed till 24 May due to fire risk - was to be 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. Details to follow. Contact Kevin Wilson ph 03 579 2202 or 0274 614 941

Sat 7 March 2015 - Quartzopolis Challenge - Reefton, West Coast
A 40km course that goes from Reefton to the historic township of Waiuta, via Big River mine – 50% historic road, 40% pack track, 10% grunt/carry. Contact rvcinfo@xtra.co.nz or (03) 732 8391 or see http://quartzopolis.co.nz/events/. They are also on Facebook here

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 enquiries@karapoti.co.nz or check out www.karapoti.co.nz

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 enquiries@karapoti.co.nz or check out www.karapoti.co.nz

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 www.motatapu.org.nz. This event fills up real fast so need to get in early.

13-22 March 2015 - Queenstown Bike Festival - Queenstown
Celebrating everything to do with biking. The Queenstown Bike Festival combines the best of mountainbikes, downhill and road bikes through a diverse series of events rolled into an exciting package, for kids, recreational and elite, or simply passionate riders. www.queenstownbikefestival.co.nz

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 www.hanmerevents.co.nz

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
www.queenstownbikefestival.co.nz


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 www.geraldinebikechallenge.co.nz for all info.

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Mar 2015 - Moonride - Rotorua
24, 12 and 6hr options for individuals or teams of 5 riders. Held at Waipa MTB area, Whaka Forest, Rotorua. More info at www.moonride.co.nz

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 mike@rainbowrage.co.nz or on 0273 151 138, or check out www.rainbowrage.co.nz

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 methvenrace@xtra.co.nz, 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: www.multisportevents.co.nz.

21 March 2015 - Le Race, www.lerace.co.nz

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 www.mtpeelmtb.co.nz

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 www.mtpeelmtb.co.nz.

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. www.rakahuri-rage.nz

28 March 2015 - Graperide www.graperide.co.nz

Sat 28 March 2015 - 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 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. www.mtsomersbikerace.co.nz

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 www.tourdewakatipu.co.nz

Sat 11 April 2015 - Naseby 12 Hour Challenge - Naseby
Now in it's 10th year. Start/finish area is at the Larchview Campground, Naseby. 9am till 9pm. Entry normally about $60 per person (solo or team). 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 usually open 1 Feb and all 750+ spots fill up within a few minutes! Solo spots take a little longer but you'll still want to be quick. For more info contact Craig Bates, 0274 894 361, 03 489 4360 or at cbates@landwardrealty.co.nz

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 http://wombat100.com.au

Sat 18 April 2015 - Women's 4hr - McLeans Forest, ChCh
www.bluedogevents.co.nz

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 www.contactepic.co.nz. Entries close 24 March. Contact Danielle, info@contactepic.co.nz; 03 443 6090 or 0274 595 106

Sun 26 April 2015 (ANZAC weekend) - Skyline Challenge - Martinborough
3 courses: 32km grade 3 ride, a 16km intermediate grade, and a 8km family ride. www.skylinechallenge.co.nz

May 2015

Sun 3 May 2015 - Otago Peninsula Challenge - Dunedin
Two courses: 23km and 43km. Crossing through 10 private properties, this is your once a year chance to ride down The Wild Side of the Otago Peninsula. See www.otagopeninsulachallenge.co.nz

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 www.hanmerevents.co.nz

Sun 24 May 2015 (Rescheduled date) - 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. Details to follow. Contact Kevin Wilson ph 03 579 2202 or 0274 614 941

June 2015

27 June - 4 July 2015 - 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. All the details are at www.bcbikerace.com

July 2015

Sat 25 - Sun 26 July 2015 - The 3 Ring Circus - Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, NSW,
A MTB enduro event where solo performers or relay teams of two or three will ride a 50km circuit taking in three loops of the MTB trails in Wingello State Forest – Blue (approx 6km), Red (approx 25km), and Yellow (approx. 19km), offering something for everyone – singletrack for the experienced, climbs for the fit, and scenic forest roads for the novice. Perform solo and challenge yourself over 50km or do it as a relay team and enjoy a great day out on the beautiful Wingello trails. Heaps more info can be found at www.wildhorizons.com.au, or email info@wildhorizons.com.au.

August 2015

September 2015

October 2015

Sat 24 October 2014 - Whaka 100 - Rotorua
The Big One. 100km of riding over a course that is predominantly singletrack. There is nothing else like it in New Zealand. 3 courses will be offered: 25km, 50km and 100km. Plus a teams event with a 60km/40km split. Regardless of what course you decide to race one thing is guaranteed: you will be racing in one of the best mountainbike venues in New Zealand. www.n-duro.co.nz

November 2015

Sat 7 - Sun 8 November 2015 - 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 www.wildhorizons.com.au, or email fling@wildhorizons.com.au.

28 November 2015 - Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, www.cyclechallenge.com

Sat 28 November 2015 - Huka Challenge - Taupo
85km MTB event run alongside the big roadie event. www.cyclechallenge.com

Sun 29 November 2015 - 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 www.longbeachcoastalchallenge.com


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). www.bridgetobridge.co.nz



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