cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 23 October 2014
Past events: 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014

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, I have decided to list some major road and multisport event dates (shown in green).

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October 2014

Sat 18 October 2014 - 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.

Sat 25 October 2014 (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. 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.

Sun 26 October 2014 (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

November 2014

8 November 2014 - Source to Sea,

Saturday 1 November 2014 - Club Short Track Series round 3 - Siberia Track, Port Hills
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running a series of short track races on three Saturday afternoons during September-November for CSC club members. Run the same as the last five years (using the same slightly easier and shorter course that we started using in 2013). Three races each day to cater for the most casual to most serious riders. Kids are very welcome to join in but note that the course is hilly so all riders need to be competent with hills and singletrack. These are all about fun! More details at Entry is by donation. Will be cancelled if raining. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or
Sat 8 November 2014 - Timaru 12 Hour Day/Night MTB Race - Centennial Park, Timaru
A team relay event riding laps over a 12 hour period. Racing is normally 9am to 9pm, with prizegiving at 9:30pm. 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. 12 hour teams of up to 5 riders or solo 12 Hour and Solo 6 Hour. Heaps of spot prizes. For more information or to enter on-line head to, or phone 03 688 5531

Sat 8 November 2014 - The Frog Rock Ride - Waipara area
Organised as a fundraiser for Waikari School. This great low key friendly event is held over spectacular private land with unsurpassed vistas of the limestone country of North Canterbury. Adults courses, Kids courses as well as a new running course. More info at, or email

Sat 8 November 2014 - The Taniwha - Waikato
Utilises the Waikato River Trails with 21, 42, 58 and 80km courses.

Sat 8 - Sun 9 November 2014 - 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

Sat 15 November 2014 (Canterbury Show Weekend) - Spring Dusta - Hanmer Springs
Make the most of the long weekend and head to Hanmer for a whole heap of fun. This event is going to suit all the family from the beginner to the elite. Three races during the day. As at June 2014 the proposed schedule is: 8:30am - Spring Starter - Family Team MTB Race 6-11yrs riding with a parent or guardian through the flatish Heritage Forest; 10:15am - Spring Sprinter - Individual recreational race, 12yr+ for beginner to intermediate level; Noon - Spring Crusher - Elite race for the serious mountainbiker, using the more technical and challenging tracks. An awesome singletrack epic for Canterbury riders! Do not miss this one - a wonderful showcase of the awesome handbuilt trail network of Hanmer Springs. All the details are at

Sat 22 - Sun 23 November 2014 - Mountain Bike Orienteering National Champs Hanmer Springs
All welcome! Compete in the Nationals or just have some fun getting lost and found in the forest. Open to all levels of riders and orienteering ability. Three courses to choose from: Sprint course on Sat morning, Long course on Sat afternoon (the official title event with senior and junior grades and full age range, plus recreational (non-competitive) grades available for new-comers and family to enjoy the experience of MTBO, as individual, pairs or groups (max 4)). Sunday is a Rogaine event - a score event of 2 or 4 hours duration, navigate and ride as far or as little as you feel inclined - individuals or teams. Pre-registration is required via the event website. There are no prizes, just a lot of fun to be had competing against the map and yourself (i.e. by not getting lost) or your friends’ times! Single or multiple course fees, plus track fee (helps support the local track network), option to hire electronic scoring device and compass. Come along to join in what is sure to be a superb event, hosted by Canterbury’s orienteering club, Peninsula and Plains Orienteering – PAPO. For full event information and registration go to

Nov/Dec - Singletrack Club Mini-XC series - Halswell Quarry, dates TBC

29 November 2014 - Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge,

Sat 29 November 2014 - Huka Challenge - Taupo
85km MTB event run alongside the big roadie event.

Sun 30 November 2014 - 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 2014

The Festival of Cycling is not being held in 2014 (usually early December)

CANCELLED - was to be Sun 7 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).

Sat 13 December 2014 - 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.

Hammerhead has moved to January

January 2015

9-11 January 2015 - Elite Road Nationals,

Sat 17 January 2015 - Hanmer Hammerhead and Family Fun Day - Hanmer Springs
Another full day of fun for the whole family. This year the day will include: Family Fun - Family race, one parent & one child (6-11yrs) through the Heritage Forest; High Tail It - Individual recreational race using the beginners and intermediate tracks through the Hanmer Forest; HammerHead – advanced racing taking in the intermediate and advanced tracks. The Family Fun Day will include mini markets, traditional races such as 3 legged races, sack races, egg and spoon races, chocolate wheel, jazz music and local musicians. The day will all be based at the Forest Camp. More info at

Sat 24 January 2015 - St James MTB Classic - St James Cycle Trail
Two courses in spectacular countryside: The 65km James Pony Express and the 103km James Epic. Stunning location and great course. They also have heaps of running and multisport course options.

Sat 24 January 2015 - The Big Easy - Wanaka
Highest Mountainbike Race in New Zealand. A 48km event starting at the Snow Farm and travelling to the top of Mt Pisa then a big down hill to Luggate, then up to the finish at the Albert Town Tavern. Also an easier 30km course.

Sun 25 January 2015 - NZ XC Cup event - Auckland
Whitford or Riverhead. See

Jan/Feb - Singletrack Club Port Hills hillclimb series

Sat 31 January 2015 - NDURO 24 Hrs - Rotorua
Rotorua's longest event is moving to the summer months. A true test of your stamina, whether you hit this event as a solo or a team. 24 hours of beautiful Rotorua singletrack!

31 January 2015 - Around Brunner

February 2015

Sun 1 February 2015 - The Trailblazer - Pureora Forest, Te Kuiti
Held on the fantastic Timber Trail in Waikato's Pureora Forest. 85, 45 and 35km courses.

Sat 7 February 2015 - Tekapo10 - Lake Tekapo
An exciting 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 will be the third Tekapo10 event organised as a fundraiser for Mackenzie College outdoor sports, teamwork and leadership. More details at, and also at their Facebook page

13-14 February 2015 - Coast to Coast,

Sat 14 February 2015 - Coppermine Epic and Enduro - 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. And new for 2014 sees an enduro option where you just get timed on the predominantly downhill sections. Entry numbers are restricted. Full details, maps etc and entryforms available online at

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.

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.

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. See ‘Events’ at Contact Kevin Wilson ph 03 579 2202 or 0274 614 941

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 or check out

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 or check out

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 This event fills up real fast so need to get in early.

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

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

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 for all info.

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 or on 0273 151 138, or check out

Sat 21 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

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

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

28 March 2015 - Graperide

NEW DATE: 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.

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

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

May 2015

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
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