My Next Challenge helps you find your cycling event in New Zealand. Whether you are looking for your next road race or mountain bike ride, check out some of the amazing cycling events around our beautiful country. 


38 Bike events
Ride Holidays Karapiro 100k Flyer - Event Cancelled
image descriptionKarapiro Waikato

The Ride Holidays Karapiro 100k Flyer, due to take place on the 30th of October 2021, has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Formerly known as the Rotorua to Taupo 100k, the event will be held for the third year in its new home, Karapiro.

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Hanmer Halloween Howler
image descriptionHanmer Springs Canterbury

The Hanmer Halloween Howler will take place on the 30th and 31st of October 2021. The event is an endurance race set on a 12. 5km loop in the Hanmer Forest. Get in as many laps as possible in the 12 or 24-hour course.

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Giant Wellington / PNP MTB XC Series 2021 Round 4
image descriptionBelmont Regional Park, BRP Woolshed, Stratton St, Normandale Wellington

Round 4 of the Giant Wellington / PNP MTB XC Series 2021 will take place at Belmont Regional Park, Normandale on the 31st of October. Courses will be made up of short loops and long loops depending on the age group.

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Huxster MTB School Relays
image descriptionMcleans Island Canterbury

The Huxster MTB School Relays will take place on the 3rd and 4th of November. This year, the event has been separated across two days due to popular demand. On the 8th, years 5 & 6 will race together. On the 8th, years 7 & 8 race together.

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Ride the Wilderness
image descriptionGreymouth West Coast

Ride the Wilderness is a Mountain Bike Ride on the West Coast Wilderness Trail on Saturday 13th November 2021. This event gives riders the opportunity to see the West Coast beauty racing the fantastic West Coast Wilderness Trail.

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Gentle Annie Bike Ride
image descriptionHastings Hawkes Bay

The Gentle Annie is a challenging bike 137km bike ride from Taihapi to Hastings in the Hawkes Bay. The course follows the Gentle Annie road through rugged farmland and high country sheep stations.

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The Team Championship 2021 – Race 3 – Tokoroa
image descriptionTokoroa Waikato

The Team Championship series is a competitive racing series where teams compete in grades according to ability. Elite riders, juniors, weekend warriors and veterans can form a team and compete.

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Trust House - North Island Team Series Race 4
image descriptionWairarapa region Wellington

With five races in the greater Wairarapa between September and December 2021, riders of all abilities will get a taste of high level competitive ‘teams’ racing only seen in large tours like the New Zealand Cycle Classic and the Women's Tour of New Zealand.

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Vantage Criterium National Championships
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

Many of New Zealand’s leading cyclists will be expected to race around the inner-city streets at the Vantage Criterium National Championships which will return to Christchurch in November.

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Giant Wellington / PNP MTB XC Series 2021 Round 5
image descriptionMakara Peak, South Karori Rd, Karori Wellington

Round 5 of the Giant Wellington / PNP MTB XC Series 2021 will take place at Makara Peak, Karori on the 14th of November. Courses will be made up of short loops and long loops depending on the age group.

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Five Passes Tour
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

The 5 Passes Tour is a four day cycling tour where every facet is fully supported and catered for with over 20 support crew to look after your every need. Travelling from Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island, through to the Alpine Village of Hanmer Springs.

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The Team Championship 2021 – Race 4 – Pirongia
image descriptionPirongia Waikato

The Team Championship series is a competitive racing series where teams compete in grades according to ability. Elite riders, juniors, weekend warriors and veterans can form a team and compete.

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Bridge to Bridge
image descriptionWaimakariri Gorge Bridge Canterbury

The original Bridge to Bridge was a mountain bike ride from The Waimakariri Gorge Bridge to State Highway One Bridge, on the South Bank of the river.

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Trust House - North Island Team Series Race 5
image descriptionWairarapa region Wellington

With five races in the greater Wairarapa between September and December 2021, riders of all abilities will get a taste of high level competitive ‘teams’ racing only seen in large tours like the New Zealand Cycle Classic and the Women's Tour of New Zealand.

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The Team Championship 2021 – Race 5 – Te Aroha
image descriptionTe Aroha Waikato

The Team Championship series is a competitive racing series where teams compete in grades according to ability. Elite riders, juniors, weekend warriors and veterans can form a team and compete.

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The Team Championship 2021 – Race 6 – Hamilton
image descriptionHamilton Waikato

The Team Championship series is a competitive racing series where teams compete in grades according to ability. Elite riders, juniors, weekend warriors and veterans can form a team and compete.

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Glenham Trainwreck Trail
image descriptionGlenham Southland

The Glenham Trainwreck Trail is a fundraising event for Glenham School and Glenham Hall taking place on the 15th of January 2022. The event offers three distance options including a 43km mountain bike ride and a half marathon run / MTB.

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The James GroundEffect Pony Express 2022
image descriptionHanmer Springs Canterbury

A part of The Ground Effect "James" MTB classic, the James Ground Effect Pony Express is a shorter 65km MTB XCM adventure option to the Epic XCM race.

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The James Epic XCM 2022
image descriptionHanmer Springs Canterbury

New Zealand’s premier Cross Country Marathon event – a true XCM in NZ’s most iconic big mountain high country.

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Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2022 Round 1
image descriptionCraters MTB Park, Taupo Waikato

The annual Summer Series will kick off on the 27th of January 2022. Further details are to come so stay tuned! 

The Taupo Mountain Club runs a 10 week Summer Series throughout January, February and March.

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Whaka 100
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

The 15th edition of Emerson's Whaka100 proudly holds the reputation of one of the toughest mountain bike marathons in the Southern Hemisphere. Challenge yourself on either the 160, 100, 50, 25 or 10km course in the ​world famous trails of Rotorua.

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Gold Trail MTB Ride 2021
image descriptionLake Brunner West Coast

Gold Trail is an amazing mountain bike race 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. Competitors start in the historic Gold Town of Shantytown.

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BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - Event Postponed
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, due to take place on the 27th of November 2021, has been postponed to the 19th of February 2022 due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Queenstown Park Station Fun Ride
image descriptionQueenstown Park Station, Queenstown Otago

The Queenstown Park Station Fun Ride is a free community event and an amazing opportunity to mountain bike through the stunning Queenstown Park Station on Sunday 20th of February 2022. Choose from the 18km Station Ride or the 13. 5km Station to Chard Farm Ride.

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The Big Easy 2022
image descriptionSnow Farm Otago

The Big Easy is a 44km Mountain Bike course starting at the Snow Farm, including a loop around the very rideable Snow Farm cross-country ski trails. The course then traverses to the top of Mt Pisa, then a full 20km of down hill before finishing in Luggate.

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Macpac Motatapu 2022
image descriptionQueenstown Otago

The iconic Motatapu returns in 2022 on 5th March with four iconic races, the 47km Mountain Bike Race, 15km Miners Trail, 42km Marathon and 52. 5km Ultra Run.

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Gazley Skoda Karapoti Classic
image descriptionAkatarawa Ranges, Upper Hutt Wellington

The Gazley Skoda Karapoti Classic will take place on the 5th of March 2022.  

Based in Wellington's rugged Akatarawa Ranges, 10k north of Upper Hutt City, the Karapoti Classic is New Zealand’s premier mountain bike event.

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Krank It
image descriptionBottlelake Forest, Christchurch Canterbury

The Krank It 2022 will take place on the 6th of March. The event is a mountain bike race for women and children only.

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Mito Q K2
image descriptionTairua, Coromandel Waikato

The Mito Q K2 is an extremely challenging road bike challenge held annually in the Coromandel. The event has three distances on offer.

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BDO Tour of Northland 2022
image descriptionNorthland

The BDO Tour of Northland 2022 will take place from 17 - 20 of March 2022. The BDO Tour of Northland is a cycling challenge covering 359km over 4 days in beautiful Northland.

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Hanmer 4 and 8 hour MTB race
image descriptionHanmer Springs Canterbury

The Hanmer 4 & 8 Mountain Bike Race has been postponed to the 19th of March 2022.  The Hanmer 4 & 8 Mountain Bike Race takes competitors on a unique journey through Hanmer Forest through some of the regions most amazing mountain scenery.

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Le Race
image descriptionCathedral Square, Christchurch Canterbury

Le Race is a 100km road bike race from Christchurch to Akaroa in beautiful Canterbury. The event offers a number of options to enter including solo, as a team of 4 all completing the 100km, tandem, relay, a shorter 53km ride as well as a mountain bike challenge.

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Contact Epic Lake Hawea 2022
image descriptionWanaka Otago

The Contact Epic Lake Hawea MTB Ride will take place on the 2nd of April 2022.  The Contact Epic is NZ's longest and most scenic mountain bike race in NZ. However, this is more of an adventure than a race.

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Whitehaven Graperide 2022
image descriptionMarlborough Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Whitehaven Graperide is due to take place on the 23rd of April 2022. Described as “a ride through Mother Nature's photo album”, Marlborough’s iconic GrapeRide cycling event continues to be a bucket list item for riders of all abilities.

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Around Brunner Cycle Ride 2022
image descriptionGreymouth West Coast

Around Brunner Cycle Ride will take place on the 7th of May 2022. 2019 saw Around Brunner have a major change, with the Start and Finish being at Moana Hotel Lake Brunner after 12-years of starting and finishing in Greymouth.

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Craters Classic
image descriptionWairakei, Taupo Waikato

The Craters Classic MTB Race will take place on the 21st of May 2022.  Choose from the Short and Sweet 18km course. In the Middle is 32kms. The Long & Hard Course is 50km, and the E bike multip lap race goes for 2 hours.  .

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Bridge to Bridge North
image descriptionWaimakariri Gorge Bridge Canterbury

Bridge to Bridge "North" is now 3 mountain bike rides on the Northern Bank of the Waimakariri River.

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The Taniwha 2022
image descriptionWaikato River Trails Waikato

The Taniwha is a Mountain Bike and Trail Run / Walk event which takes place on the Waikato River Trails. The event offers a marathon run as well as a half marathon, 16km and 7km which can be run or walked.

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