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
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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The Team Championship 2020-21 – Race 4 – Onewhero
image descriptionOnewhero 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 Gambler
image descriptionCraters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo Waikato

Taking place at Craters Mountain Bike Park in Taupo on the 13th of December 2020, the Gambler is a 4 hour Mountain Bike Race.

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XS Storage Bannockburn MTB Classic 2020
image descriptionBannockburn Otago

Part of the Cromwell Summer Series, the XS Storage Bannockburn MTB Classic offers four ride options to cater to mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. The Adventure Ride is 56km of the best mountain biking Central Otago has to offer.

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SRAM Tour de Ranges 2021
image descriptionClevedon Auckland

SRAM Tour de Ranges returns on the 9th of January 2021.

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Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge 2021
image descriptionLake Dunstan Otago

The Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge is a road cyclist’s dream. This 96km sealed road circuit – one of the only bunch rides left in New Zealand – goes around the scenic Lake Dunstan, all the way from Cromwell to Luggate before heading back on the Wanaka road.

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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 16th of January 2021. 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 2021
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 2021
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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The Big Easy 2021
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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The Team Championship 2020-21 – Race 5 – Mystery Round
image descriptionWaikato

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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Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2021 Round 1
image descriptionCraters MTB Park, Taupo Waikato

The Taupo Mountain Club runs a 10 week Summer Series throughout January, February and March. The annual Summer Series caters for all levels of riders from beginners through to the experienced racer. Riders can come to any of the races and simply register on the night.

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Bays Cycle Challenge
image descriptionLyttleton Harbour Canterbury

The Famous Grouse Bays Cycle Challenge will see the peloton leave the Famous Grouse Hotel at 9:00am on the 31st of January 2021.

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Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2021 Round 2
image descriptionCraters MTB Park, Taupo Waikato

The Taupo Mountain Club runs a 10 week Summer Series throughout January, February and March. The annual Summer Series caters for all levels of riders from beginners through to the experienced racer. Riders can come to any of the races and simply register on the night.

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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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Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2021 Round 3
image descriptionCraters MTB Park, Taupo Waikato

The Taupo Mountain Club runs a 10 week Summer Series throughout January, February and March. The annual Summer Series caters for all levels of riders from beginners through to the experienced racer. Riders can come to any of the races and simply register on the night.

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The New Zealand Gran Fondo and Corto Fondo 2021
image descriptionCambridge Waikato

The New Zealand Gran Fondo is a must do on any cyclists race calendar. This year the course follows the exact route that NZ’s elite riders will follow in their road race the following day.

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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 14th of February 2021. Choose from the 18km Station Ride or the 13. 5km Station to Chard Farm Ride.

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Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2021 Round 4
image descriptionCraters MTB Park, Taupo Waikato

The Taupo Mountain Club runs a 10 week Summer Series throughout January, February and March. The annual Summer Series caters for all levels of riders from beginners through to the experienced racer. Riders can come to any of the races and simply register on the night.

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Ride the Rakaia
image descriptionRakaia River Bridge Canterbury

This amazing event is different than any other bike race because you can't do what you can in this event any other day of the week.

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Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2021 Round 5
image descriptionCraters MTB Park, Taupo Waikato

The Taupo Mountain Club runs a 10 week Summer Series throughout January, February and March. The annual Summer Series caters for all levels of riders from beginners through to the experienced racer. Riders can come to any of the races and simply register on the night.

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Whitehaven Graperide 2021
image descriptionMarlborough Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Whitehaven Graperide due to take place on the 28th of March 2020 has been postponed until the 27th February 2021 due to the rapid global spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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The Team Championship 2020-21 – Race 6 – 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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Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2021 Round 6
image descriptionCraters MTB Park, Taupo Waikato

The Taupo Mountain Club runs a 10 week Summer Series throughout January, February and March. The annual Summer Series caters for all levels of riders from beginners through to the experienced racer. Riders can come to any of the races and simply register on the night.

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Gazley Skoda Karapoti Classic
image descriptionAkatarawa Ranges, Upper Hutt Wellington

Based in Wellington's rugged Akatarawa Ranges, 10k north of Upper Hutt City, the Karapoti Classic is New Zealand’s premier mountain bike event.  Established in 1986, it is renowned worldwide as the Southern Hemisphere’s longest running mountain bike event.

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Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2021 Round 7
image descriptionCraters MTB Park, Taupo Waikato

The Taupo Mountain Club runs a 10 week Summer Series throughout January, February and March. The annual Summer Series caters for all levels of riders from beginners through to the experienced racer. Riders can come to any of the races and simply register on the night.

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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 2021
image descriptionNorthland

The BDO Tour of Northland 2021 will take place from 18 - 21 of March 2021. The BDO Tour of Northland is a cycling challenge covering 359km over 4 days in beautiful Northland. Day 1 of the Tour begins with 104km from Whangarei to Russell.

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Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2021 Round 8
image descriptionCraters MTB Park, Taupo Waikato

The Taupo Mountain Club runs a 10 week Summer Series throughout January, February and March. The annual Summer Series caters for all levels of riders from beginners through to the experienced racer. Riders can come to any of the races and simply register on the night.

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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 20th of March 2021.  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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Tour of New Zealand 2021
image descriptionGlenorchy (start location) Otago

The 6th Tour of New Zealand is an 8 stage 518km event that takes riders on a Tour de France style event with the difference you choose to race the course or simply ride the course. All riders are timed.

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Contact Epic Lake Hawea 2021
image descriptionWanaka Otago

The Contact Epic Lake Hawea MTB Ride will take place on the 17th of April 2021.  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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Nutri-Grain The Pioneer - EVENT CANCELLED
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

The Pioneer six day Mountain Bike Stage Race due to take place on the 18-23rd of April 2021 has been cancelled.  

The Pioneer is a six day Mountain Bike Stage Race taking place in the central North Island at Rotorua.

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Red Zone 6 Mountain Bike Challenge
image descriptionBurwood, Christchurch Canterbury

The Red Zone 6 Hour Mountain Bike Challenge due to take place on the 26th of April 2020 has been postponed to the 26th of April 2021.  

Red Zone 6 Hour Mountain Bike Challenge is staged in the Burwood Red Zone.

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Around Brunner Cycle Ride 2021
image descriptionGreymouth West Coast

Around Brunner Cycle Ride due to take place on the 2nd of May 2020 has been postponed to the 1st of May 2021.

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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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National School MTB Championships 2021
image descriptionBlenheim Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The National School MTB 2021 Championships will be held in Blenheim, Marlborough from the 11 - 14 October and will include Cross Country (XC), Cross Country Relay (XCR), Downhill and Enduro options.

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BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 2021
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is NZ’s premier and largest cycling event, and around 5,000 riders from across New Zealand are expected to descend on Taupo on Saturday the 27th of November 2021.

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