cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 14 August 2019

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

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August 2019

Sun 18 August 2019 - Revolution MTB Race - Alexandra
A three stage event held on the great tracks of the Alexandra basin.

Sun 18 August 2019 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.$49 per race.

September 2019

Sun 1 September 2019 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.$49 per race.

Sun 8 September 2019 - 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.

Sun 15 September 2019 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.$49 per race.

Sat 21 September 2019 - Day-Night Thriller 6 & 12hr - Tokoroa
Open to solo or teams. More info at

Sun 29 September 2019 - Linger & Die XC - Alexandra
A 20-30 km XC race on mostly singletrack and some 4WD tracks in the area to the east of Alexandra, including flowing fast singletrack and technical rock

October 2019

Sat 12 October 2019 - 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 19 October 2019 - The Salmon Run - Rakaia
A 22km intermediate MTB course alongside the Rakaia River.

Sat 26 October 2019 (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:

Sun 27 October 2019 (Labour weekend) - 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. 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.

November 2019

2 November 2019 - K2 Cycle Challenge,

Sat 2 November 2019 - 10 hour Day/Nighter and 6 hour blast - McLeans Island
11km course of easy flat hardpacked gravel track at McLeans Forest Park, Christchurch.

Sat 9 November 2019 - Woodbury Hill Country Challenge - Orari Gorge
4, 11, 19, 27 and 42 km options on the Orari Gorge hillcountry station, just out of Geraldine. Also have run and walk options.

Sat 16 November 2019 - 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

Sun 24 November 2019 - 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
- the 5km Kids Ride
More info at

Sat 30 November 2019 - Tekapo10 - Lake Tekapo
A 10 hour XC team relay or solo race based in the Lake Tekapo Regional Park, utilising a 7km circuit of 4WD track and singletrack. Great race for all abilities of racers with plenty of passing room. This event is organised as a fundraiser for Mackenzie College. More details on their Facebook page closer to the event

30 November 2019 - Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge,

Sat 30 November 2019 - Huka Challenge - Taupo
85km MTB event run alongside the big Taupo roadie event.

Sat 30 November 2019 - Nevis Valley Gutbuster - Bannockburn
A 75km point-to-point adventure ride from Garston to Bannockburn via the Nevis Road. The course is around 75km long and includes two big hills (climbing 800m and 640m) and some 25 or more fords. More details available at

December 2019

Sun 1 December 2019 - Bridge to Bridge - North Canterbury
Bike 58km from the Waimak River Gorge bridge to SH1 along 4WD, stopbanks and forestry tracks. Also this year is a new 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.

1-6 December 2019 - The Pioneer stage race - Queenstown
Now a six day format, starting and finishing at Queenstown. Contact 09 601 9590 or

Sun 8 December 2019 - Girls on Dirt Enduro - Christchurch
Similar format to previous years - an event just for the ladies, held at Christchurch's Crocodile XC MTB Park. See their Facebook Page

Mon 30 December 2019 - 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:
- Adventure Ride - 54km with 2000m of climbing - a race for the fit endurance rider.
- Classic Race - 34km of moderate climbs and fast downhills - suited to the hard to average racer
- Sport Ride - 24km of farmland and tracks with a huge steep downhill section before it joins into the Classic course to finish.
- Family Recreation ride - 12km - a relaxing ride for the family
More info at

January 2020

Sat 18 January 2020 - 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 2020

7-8 February 2020 - Coast to Coast,

Sat 8 February 2020 - 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.

20-23 February 2020 - The Escape Stage Race - Hawkes Bay
5 and 3 day options for solo riders or teams of two.

22 February 2020 - Ride The Rakaia,

Sat 22 February 2020 - Mt Somers MTB Classic - Mt Somers
Two courses on Mt Somers Station: 31 and 23km. See

Sat 22 February 2020 - Moonshine Trail - Gore
Southlandís 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

Sat 22 February 2020 - 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.

Sat 29 February 2020 - Bluebridge 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.

March 2020

Sat 7 March 2020 - Triple Peaks Challenge - Hawkes Bay
47km ride over three peaks in the Hawkes Bay.

Sat 14 March 2020 - 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. or contact This event fills up really fast so you need to get in early.

21 March 2020 - Le Race,

Sat 21 March 2020 - 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

Sat 21 March 2020 - 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

April 2020

Sat 18 April 2020 - 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.

May 2020

2 May 2020 - Around Brunner

Sat 23 May 2020 - 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
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