Mandatory Gear & Bike Check

Mandatory Gear List

The Motatapu mandatory gear list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe in the alpine environment.  The weather is very unpredictable in the high country, a front can blow in and out of the mountains in less than 12 hours. It has been both sweltering hot and freezing cold in this area during March so you should be well prepared with all the necessary gear for all conditions, including snow, due to the high elevation of this event.

All competitors must carry the mandatory gear at all times during race day. No mandatory gear = no start! Any infringement may result in disqualification or removal from the event. 

Mountain Bike


Miners Trail

Ultra Run

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Mandatory Gear Checks

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Ultra Run

The Ultra Run will have a mandatory gear check at Athlete registration. Competitors must have all mandatory gear items in order to get their race number and start the race. There will also be a mandatory gear check on course at Checkpoint A (Fernburn Hut). Any competitors missing any items will not be allowed to continue.  


You are not required to get your mandatory gear (except bike, helmet & tool kit for Mountain Bikers) checked prior to the Miners Trail, Mountain Bike and Off-Road Marathon. There will be random gear checks at the start line and during the event, and if you are missing any items you will not be allowed to continue. 

There will also be a random gear checks on placegetters at the finish line.  If any items are missing athletes will receive a time penalty of up to 30mins. The length of the time penalty is at the discretion of the Race Director. 

If you are uncertain about whether your gear meets the mandatory gear requirements then you should get advice and your gear checked at your local outdoor sports store.

Compulsory Bike Checks

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Mountain Bike

Bike, Helmet & Tool Kit checks are compulsory for all Mountain Bike competitors. 

Bike & Gear checks can be completed between 9:00am Monday 7 February 2022 and 5:00pm Thursday 3 March 2022 – do not bring your bike in early, as it cannot be checked before this time. Once your bike check is completed and the Bike Store registers the outcome with us and your completed check will show on the start list, it may take up to 48hours for the check to show online.

Bike and tool kit checks are free of charge and should take no more than 10 minutes, unless something requires further attention.


Official Macpac Motatapu Bike Check locations: 

2022 Locations to be announced in December 2021

If you are a local bike store and want to get involved please contact us.