cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 16 February 2024

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 (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).

Past events: 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019 , 2020 , 2021 , 2022 , 2023 , 2024

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February 2024

Sat 17 February 2024 - 4X2 MTB relay - Timaru
This is a great event and well worth Christchuch riders driving 2 hours south for. Held in the Scenic Reserve (Centennial Park) in Timaru. This event is a fun race for solos or teams of 2. Complete as many laps as you can on this short, very fast single track/ hardpack track in 4 hours. This is a fundraising event for trail development and other projects in South Canterbury. More info and entry forms closer to the time at www.southcanterburymountainbikeclub.co.nz,

Sat 17 February 2024 - Goldminer - Coronet Peak, Queenstown,
A 40 km course with a massive 2700 m of climbing in one of NZ's most scenic locations, utilising some pretty epic singletrack. Also a 20 km course option with 1350 m of climbing. www.coronetpeak.co.nz/goldminer

Sun 18 February 2024 - MTBNZ XC Series Round 4 - Blenheim,
A four round series this year. www.mtbnz.org.nz

Sat 24 February 2024 - CyclingNZ XC National Champs - Queenstown,
Held at Coronet Peak again. www.cyclingnewzealand.nz

Wed, 28 February 2024 - Singletracks Secondary School Series, round 1 - 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 https://racesingletracks.org.nz

March 2024

Sat 2 March 2024 - Karapoti Classic - Wellington
Based in Wellington's rugged Akatarawa Ranges, 10k north of Upper Hutt City, the Karapoti Classic is renowned as the Southern Hemisphere’s longest running mountain bike event. Established in 1986, this old-school adventure ride combines a huge but achievable challenge with historic trails, superb scenery and an awesome social scene. Past winners have included world champions such as NZ’s own Anton Cooper and Kim Hurst, Australian Lisa Mathison and Switzerlands Nathalie Schneitter, but with options ranging from the feature 50km Classic to the 20km Challenge and the Kids' 5km Klassic, Karapoti has something for everyone and is renowned as the one race on every mountain bikers wish list. Be quick... entries are limited to 1000 starters. www.karapoti.co.nz

Sat 2 March 2024 - Motatapu, Wanaka
A 47km scenic ride from Glendhu Bay, Wanaka, to the historic and beautiful Arrowtown. This is your once a year opportunity to experience the breathtaking high country terrain and traverse the Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations. Also new for 2023 is the 56km Coronet Loop course - a grade 3-4 trail with some technicl aspects, exposure and plenty of climbing. www.motatapu.com

Wed, 6 March 2024 - Singletracks Secondary School Series, round 2 - 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 https://racesingletracks.org.nz

Fri 8 - Sun 10 March 2024 - The Prospector MTB Stage Race, Alexandra
A very popular three day MTB stage race set in the hills surrounding Alexandra using epic singletrack, gnarly climbs, arm pumping descents, and flowing trails. www.prospectormtb.co.nz

Wed, 13 March 2024 - Singletracks Secondary School Series, round 3 - 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 https://racesingletracks.org.nz

Wed, 20 March 2024 - Singletracks Secondary School Series, round 4 - 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 https://racesingletracks.org.nz

Sat 23 March 2024 - Oceania XC Champs, Brisbane
oceaniacycling.org

23 March 2024 - Le Race, www.lerace.co.nz

Wed, 27 March 2024 - Singletracks Secondary School Series, round 5 - 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 https://racesingletracks.org.nz

29 March - 1 April = EASTER WEEKEND

April 2024

3-7 April 2024 - Volcanic Epic MTB Stage Race - Rotorua
Ride. Relax. Repeat. NZ's biggest MTB stage race, riding the best singletrack the geothermal plateau has to offer. Blast the 35-55km stages in the morning, and chill and explore in the afternoons ready to do it all again the next day. Your ultimate stage race adventure. www.volcanicepic.co.nz

Sat 6 April 2024- The Hanmer Hundy - Hanmer Springs
A new event for 2024. 1, 2 or 4 laps of a 25 km course that utilises most of the great Hanmer singletrack network. stjamesmountainsports.co.nz

Sun 7 April 2024 - Whitehorse Big Easy - Waimate
20km and 27km MTB courses, as well as multisport options. www.whitehorsebigeasy.co.nz

Sun 7 April 2024 - 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 poriruagrandtraverse.co.nz

Sat 13 April 2024 - 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. www.mountainbikeashburton.co.nz

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. themackenzierace.com

Sat 20 - Sun 21 April 2024 - Faultline MTB Challenge - Wellington
24, 50, 100 and 160 km courses using many of the great trails of the Wellington region. faultlinechallenge.co.nz

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August 2024

19 August 2024 - Highlander MTB Challenge by Whaka 100 - Rotorua
A journey you won't forget from the Whaka 100 team. The event, offering 11, 22 and 42km courses, aims to pack as much fun and flow into one event as possible without too much hard core. The perfect training event. Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced rider, their courses are packed with singletrack, surprises and scenery that will have you smiling from start to finish. www.highlandermtb.co.nz/

September 2024

October 2024

25-27 October 2024 - Whaka 100 MTB Marathon - Rotorua
The Southern Hemisphere's biggest MTB Marathon and festival. Courses for all to challenge themselves: 5km Kids, 10km Fun Ride, 25km, 50km, 100km and Miler (160km), including National Champs for XCM and Eliminator. 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. www.whaka100.co.nz



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Christchurch Singletrack Club
Canterbury cross-country mountain bike trailbuilding and events
craig@singletrack.org.nz


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