ŠKODA Mountain Bike Events - Motatapu multi sport event sent in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand
47km bike
1214m climbing
875m highest point

Race Details


Saturday 10 March 2018

Entry Fee

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Start TimeS

Teams: 8.20am

Elites: 8.30am 

Solo Open Rolling start: 8:30am - 9:30am

Start Line

Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka

Finish Line

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown


Friday 9 March, 4:30pm - 7:30pm, Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Saturday 10 March, 7:30am - 9:00am,  Glendhu Bay, Wanaka. Click here for a map.

Start Waves 

The new start protocol for 2018 will be a self-seeding, rolling start, therefore you will not be allocated a specific wave. On race morning you will line up in the chute that is signposted with the description and finish time appropriate to your ability (eg: Cruising / Weekend Warrior / Going for It / Speedy / Competitive). 

The start marshal will release small bunches of 5-10 riders over the start line between 8:30am – 9:30am.

Note:  There is a mass start for Teams at 8.20 and a mass start for Elite athletes at 8:30am.

Elite Start Wave

The Elite start wave is limited to the first 180 riders to enter and qualify.  To qualify for the Elite start wave you must have a previous Motatapu time that fits the below criteria. If you are a first timer, then email us at motatapu@ironman.com with previous results.

- Elite Male - previous time under 2:45:00

- Elite Female  - previous time under 3:15:00

Transport to the Start Line

Car parking is available at the start line. Shuttle Buses are available from Wanaka, Queenstown and Arrowtown - click here to find out more.

Transport from the Finish Line

Car parking and pick-up is available near the finish line. Shuttle Buses are available post race to Queenstown, Wanaka and Glendhu Bay - click here to find out more.

Minimum Age

Must be 16 years of age on race day to compete

Race Categories

Elite: 16-18yrs, 19-29yrs, 30-39yrs, 40-49yrs, 50-59yrs, 60+ yrs  

Open: 16-18yrs, 19-29yrs, 30-39yrs, 40-49yrs, 50-59yrs, 60+ yrs

Teams: Men (both riders are male), Women (both riders are female), Mixed (one male and one female rider), Masters (both riders are 40 years or older on race day), Grand Masters (both riders are 50 years or older on race day)

Mandatory Gear List & Bike Check

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Cut-off Times 

Cut off at Aid Station 1 (14km from start line) - 11:45pm  

Cut off at Aid Station 2 (22km from start line) - 1:15pm  

Course Cut off - 5:00pm

Prizegiving time

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Race records

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  • Teams will start in the first wave 10 minutes before individual riders

  • Start time will be calculated when the second team member crosses the start line.

  • Finish time will be calculated when the second (last) team member crosses the finish line.

  • Riders must ride with their team partner at all times and must remain within the maximum allowable separation time, namely 2 minutes.

  • Rider separation may be measured anytime on course or at the finish line and a penalty will be applied if the separation is greater than 2 minutes.

  • Teams must wear the same cycle jersey

  • No towing devices are permitted (bungee’s or other) – but you can push/pull your teammate with your hand, assist each other across the river crossings.

  • Teams can share compulsory bike mechanical kit but must each carry compulsory clothing for themselves

  • Riders should not “double back” on the route in order to re-join his/her teammate and instead wait on the side of the course for their teammate to re-join. In cases of rider injury or mechanical failure necessitating “doubling back” the rider will do so with extreme caution keeping to the left of the track.

  • If your team mate needs to pull out due to injury, you may continue to ride the remaining stages on your own. However, you will not be eligible for prizes.


Course Details

5 Unique events in beautiful Motatapu, Queenstown New Zealand.

This event takes you on an iconic off road course through the magnificent Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations. There is only one chance to bike this course each year and it’s by riding The Motatapu! Set in the spectacular Southern high country of New Zealand, there are many rivers to cross, hills to climb and a few steep descents thrown into the mix.

The ride starts on the shore of Lake Wanaka and finishes at historic Arrowtown. Your journey follows a route early Maori used for hunting and gathering, and to move Pounamu (Greenstone). The valley was not discovered by European explorers until around 1862 during the gold rush.

This event can be as challenging or as laid back as you want it to be with pros, amateurs, and newbies all racing the same 47km track.  Top NZ Mountain Bikers have set records, celebs such as Bill English, Steve Gurney and Hamish Carter have added character, but it’s the everyday recreational rider that is the backbone of this event.

Mountain bikers from NZ and beyond have been racing the Motatapu for over a decade, some returning year after year to relive the glory. It’s time for you to experience it for yourself. Bring it on!

Course Map