cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 22 March 2023

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 (

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 , 2023

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March 2023

18 March 2023 - Le Race,

Sun 19 March 2023 - Oceania XC Champs, Brisbane

Sun 19 March 2023 - Geraldine Multi Challenge - Geraldine
Three courses - 52, 32 and 18 km courses to suit all riders.

EVENT CANCELLED - Was to be Wed, 22 March 2023 - Singletracks Secondary School Canterbury Champs - Crocodile XC MTB Park, ChCh
Our (Christchurch Singletrack Club) very popular annual series of short XC races for Canterbury secondary school riders. Short course multi-lap format using various loops within the ever growing trail network of the Crocodile XC MTB Park. Races typically take around 25-30 minutes to complete, and involve up to 3 laps. We vary the course each week. More details at

Sat 25 March 2023 - 679 XC - Mt Hutt

Thu 30 March - Sat 1 April 2023 - South Island School MTB Champs - Coronet Peak

April 2023

EVENT CANCELLED - Was to be 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.

Sun 2 April 2023 - Whitehorse Big Easy - Waimate
20km and 27km MTB courses, as well as multisport options.

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

Fri 14 - Sun 16 April 2023 - North Island School MTB Champs - Rotorua

Sat 15 April 2023 - 4 & 6-hour event - Ashburton
4 & 6-hour relay event on the Ashburton River trails for solo riders or teams of up to 4, hosted by Mountain Bike Ashburton.

Sat 22 April 2023 - Kaiteriteri 6 hour - Kaiteriteri
This 6 hour relay is the main event on what is a weekend of MTB events at the fabulous Kaiteriteri MTB Park. 20-30 min laps through their easier tracks for teams and solo riders. See

Sun 23 April 2023 - Red Zone 6 - Christchurch
6hr event on an 11km circuit around the streets of the Burwood red zone area.

May 2023

Sun 7 May 2023 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Hagley Park, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories.

Sat 27 May 2023 - 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.

Sun 28 May 2023 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Roto-K, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories.

June 2023

Sun 18 June 2023 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Kartsport, Halswell, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories.

Sun 18 June 2023 - 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.

July 2023

3 - 9 July 2023 - 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

Sun 16 July 2023 - South Island School Cyclocross Champs - Ascot, Christchurch
Hosted by SCCX.

Sun 30 July 2023 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Ferrymead, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories.

Sun 30 July 2023 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.

August 2023

Sun 13 August 2023 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.

Sat 19-Sun 20 August 2023 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series final and National CX Champs - KartSport Canterbury, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories. This round doubles as the CyclingNZ National Champs

Sun 27 August 2023 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.

September 2023

October 2023

Wed 4 - Sat 7 October 2023 - School MTB National Champs - Blenheim

20-22 October 2023 (Labour weekend) - Whaka 100 - Rotorua
The Big One. Choose your challenge riding some of the best single-track. 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). Hosting the UCI Cross Country MTB Marathon and Eliminator National Championships. 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.

Sat 21 October 2023 (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:

Sat 28 - Sun 29 October 2023 - 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

November 2023

Sat 4 November 2023 - Clifftop Challenge - Le Bons Bay, Bank Peninsula
Choose the 16km or 26km loop using the sealed and gravel Le Bons Rd-Panama Rd-Lavericks Ridge Rd loop.

Sat 18 November 2023 - 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

Sat 25 November 2023 - Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge,

Sat 25 November 2023 - Huka Challenge - Taupo
85km MTB event run alongside the big Taupo roadie event.

December 2023

Sun 3 December 2023 - 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.

January 2024

Sat 20 January 2024 - St James MTB Classic - St James Cycle Trail
Three courses in very spectacular countryside: The 35km Mad Cow,. 64km Pony Express, and the 100km James Epic. Really stunning highcountry location. They also have running and multisport course options.

February 2024

10-11 February 2023 - Coast to Coast,

March 2024

April 2024

Sat 20 April 2024 - The Mackenzie - Lake Tekapo
A lap of Lake Tekapo is back on the calendar again, but this time in summer. 88km loop.
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