cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 13 November 2017
Past events: 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017

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, we also list a few major road and multisport event dates (shown in green).

For those of you keen on other disciplines, check out this calendar... http://kiwibike.racing


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November 2017


Tuesday evening, 14 November 2017 - Singletrack Club Mini-XC Series round 1 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running our annual series of short cross country races this season on four mid-week evenings, based in the dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry. Short course multi-lap format using the C2-Crocodile-Deviation-Lower Deviation loop (approx 2.2 km, taking 6-12 minutes), with some races also using additional new tracks (Upload, Download, Upper Crust, Murphs, Croc Pot) in A grade races. Three races each evening to cater for a range of rider abilities (up to 5 laps). More details at www.singletrack.org.nz. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining or if tracks are too wet. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

Sat 18 Novermber 2017 (Canterbury Show Weekend) - Ride the Wilderness - West Coast Wilderness Trail, West Coast
A new race for 2017, with 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 www.ridethewilderness.co.nz


18 November 2017 - Abel Tasman Cycle Challenge, www.atcc.nz


Tuesday evening, 21 November 2017 - Singletrack Club Mini-XC Series round 2 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running our annual series of short cross country races this season on four mid-week evenings, based in the dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry. Short course multi-lap format using the C2-Crocodile-Deviation-Lower Deviation loop (approx 2.2 km, taking 6-12 minutes), with some races also using additional new tracks (Upload, Download, Upper Crust, Murphs, Croc Pot) in A grade races. Three races each evening to cater for a range of rider abilities (up to 5 laps). More details at www.singletrack.org.nz. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining or if tracks are too wet. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

25 November 2017 - Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, www.cyclechallenge.com

Sat 25 November 2017 - Bannockburn 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 http://www.cromwell.org.nz

Sat 25 November 2017 - Huka Challenge - Taupo
85km MTB event run alongside the big roadie event. www.cyclechallenge.com

Sun 26 November 2017 - 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 www.longbeachcoastalchallenge.com



Tuesday evening, 28 November 2017 - Singletrack Club Mini-XC Series round 3 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running our annual series of short cross country races this season on four mid-week evenings, based in the dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry. Short course multi-lap format using the C2-Crocodile-Deviation-Lower Deviation loop (approx 2.2 km, taking 6-12 minutes), with some races also using additional new tracks (Upload, Download, Upper Crust, Murphs, Croc Pot) in A grade races. Three races each evening to cater for a range of rider abilities (up to 5 laps). More details at www.singletrack.org.nz. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining or if tracks are too wet. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

December 2017

Sun 3 December 2017 - Bridge to Bridge - North Canterbury
Bike 58 km from the Waimak River Gorge bridge to SH1 along 4WD, stopbanks and forestry tracks. Also a 30km Willows to SH1 course and a 12km recreational ride, along with 3 running courses). www.bridgetobridge.co.nz


Tuesday evening, 5 December 2017 - Singletrack Club Mini-XC Series round 4 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
The Christchurch Singletrack Club are running our annual series of short cross country races this season on four mid-week evenings, based in the dog exercise area at Halswell Quarry. Short course multi-lap format using the C2-Crocodile-Deviation-Lower Deviation loop (approx 2.2 km, taking 6-12 minutes), with some races also using additional new tracks (Upload, Download, Upper Crust, Murphs, Croc Pot) in A grade races. Three races each evening to cater for a range of rider abilities (up to 5 laps). More details at www.singletrack.org.nz. Will be postponed or cancelled if raining or if tracks are too wet. More info from Craig & Rebekah, 322 7886 or rebekah@singletrack.org.nz.

Sat 30 December 2017 - 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 2018

5-7 January 2018 - Elite Road Nationals (in Napier again in 2018), www.elitenationals.co.nz

Sun 7 January 2018 - North Island XCO Champs - Rotorua
Hosted by the Rotorua Mountainbike Club. See https://mtbnz-event-series.cyclingnewzealand.nz/events/NI-XCO-champs-Rotorua

Sat 20 January 2018 - 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

27 January 2018 - Around Brunner www.aroundbrunner.co.nz

February 2018


Sun 4 February 2018 - South Island XCO Champs - Crocodile XC MTB Park, Christchurch
Hosted by the Christchurch Singletrack Club! We're using a sweet 4.3km (160m of climbing per lap) purpose-built race course that uses a few brand new tracks and some existing tracks. More details about the event will become available at www.singletrack.org.nz. Entry is done through the MTBNZ site for the event... www.mtbnzevents.nz. This is going to be great for ChCh with options for all riders, including kids. 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 UCI races. Lock the date in and bring along your friends.

Sun 4 February 2018 - 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

Sat 10 February 2018 - Moonshine Trail - Gore
Southland’s premier mountainbike, off-road run and duathlon 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

Sat 10 - Sun 11 February 2018 - Oceania XCO Champs - Signal Hill, Dunedin
The 2018 Oceania MTB Championships is the region's premier UCI Mountain Bike event. Held in rotation between Australia and New Zealand - it is New Zealand's turn to host the best MTB riders in the region for the Continental Championships. Hosted by Mountain Biking Otago in partnership with Cycling New Zealand and Mountain Bike New Zealand. Both the DH and XCO will be at Signal Hill. https://oceania-mtb-championships.cyclingnewzealand.nz/

9-10 February 2018 - Coast to Coast, www.coasttocoast.co.nz

Sat 10 February 2018 - 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 11 February 2018 - Red Zone 6 - Christchurch
6hr event on the footpaths and roads of the red zone. www.redzone6.co.nz

Sat 17 February 2018 - Karapoti Classic - Upper Hutt
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

Sun 18 February 2018 - 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 25km 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.facebook.com/Sheffield-Rugby-Club-Mountain-Bike-Race-414886508719987


Wed 21 February 2018 - Secondary School Singletracks 2018 Series round 1 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
An popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons before the school's road season kicks of 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 their Race Singletracks Facebook Page


Wed 21 - Sun 25 February 2018 - The Escape Stage Race - Hawkes Bay
Another new stage rae for NZ. 5 and 3 day options for solo riders or teams of two. www.theescape.co.nz

Sat 24 - Sun 25 February 2018 - MTBNZ National XC Champs - Cardrona
Hosted by Bike Wanaka. www.mtbnationals.co.nz

Sat 24 February 2018 - Mt Somers MTB Classic - Mt Somers
Three courses to suit all abilities and ages on Mt Somers Station, 35km Classic, 30km Foothill Race, 20km Lowland ride. All races start and finish at the Mt Somers Domain, one hours drive from ChCh. Visit www.mtsomersbikerace.co.nz or their Facebook Page

24 February 2018 - Ride The Rakaia, www.ridetherakaia.co.nz

Sat 24 February 2018 - 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 28 February 2018 - Secondary School Singletracks 2018 Series round 2 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
An popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons before the school's road season kicks of 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 their Race Singletracks Facebook Page


March 2018


Wed 7 March 2018 - Secondary School Singletracks 2018 Series round 3 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
An popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons before the school's road season kicks of 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 their Race Singletracks Facebook Page


Fri 9 - Sat 10 March 2018 - 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.eventpromotions.co.nz/

Sat 10 March 2018 - 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. More info and entry forms are at http://motatapu.com or contact nzinfo@ironman.com. This event fills up really fast so you need to get in early.

Sat 10 March 2018 - Triple Peaks Challenge - Hawkes Bay
47km ride over three peaks in the Hawkes Bay. www.triplepeakschallenge.co.nz


Wed 14 March 2018 - Secondary School Singletracks 2018 Series round 4 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
An popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons before the school's road season kicks of 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 their Race Singletracks Facebook Page


Sat 17 March 2018 - 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

Sun 18 March 2018 - Rakahuri Rage - North Canterbury
A 6-hour event for teams of 2-4 riders that uses a 8km course on the banks of the Ashley River. www.sportstrust.org.nz/rakahuri-rage


Wed 21 March 2018 - Secondary School Singletracks 2018 Series round 5 - Crocodile XC MTB Park
An popular annual series for secondary school students, held after school on five Wednesday afternoons before the school's road season kicks of 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 their Race Singletracks Facebook Page


24 March 2018 - Le Race, www.lerace.co.nz

Sat 24 March 2018 - 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 25 March 2018 - Porirua Grand Traverse - Porirua, Wellington
25km of singletrack heaven in Wellington’s newest MTB park. Also a multisport option with kayak, mountainbike and mountain run www.pgt.org.nz

April 2018

Sat 7 April 2018 - Naseby 12 Hour Challenge - Naseby
Awesome, awesome, awesome! The best relay event around. Start/finish area is at the Larchview Campground, Naseby. Usually 9am till 9pm. 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 open on 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

7 April 2018 - Graperide www.graperide.co.nz

Sat 14 April 2018 - 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

May 2018

Sat 26 May 2018 - 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 2018

July 2018

5 - 13 July 2018 - 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

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

25-30 November 2018 - The Pioneer stage race - Queenstown
Now a six day format, starting and finishing at Queenstown. Contact 09 601 9590 or info@lagadere-unlimited.co.nz. http://thepioneer.co.nz



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