• You must attend the compulsory race briefing for your race.

  • You must adhere to the volunteers and marshals instructions at all times.

  • You must read and understand all sections of the event website as this contains important information you need to know.

  • Only registered riders are able take part in the event.

  • Your race number must be clearly visible and attached to the front of your t-shirt or bike.

  • The Race Director reserves the right to withdraw any competitor they feel is in distress and would not be capable of completing the event at any stage.

  • You must keep to the trail.

  • iPods/headphones are highly discouraged as there may be emergency 4WD vehicles moving through the course.  If headphones are worn, ensure that the volume is set at a level whereas surrounding sound can be heard.

  • Cut off times have been put in place to ensure the safety of all and to ensure that everyone completes the event well before dark.

  • If you don't reach the cut off points on the course by the required time you will need to wait at that aid station until the crew pulls out at the end of the day and takes you back to Glendhu Bay where it is your responsibility to make your own arrangements for transportation from this point.

  • Each race has a specific finish line cut off time. You must reach the finish line by this time or officials will remove you from the course.

  • Aid Station marshals are there to ensure that all competitors are fit and able to finish the course safely. Competitors have been turned back to Glendhu Bay over the years due to lack of fitness. If it is deemed by any of our staff or volunteers that you are not capable of finishing the course, we have the right to pull you out of the race and take you back to Glendhu Bay Motor Camp when the crew pulls out at the end of the day.

  • Competing under someone else's name is not permitted, and results in disqualification from the race of both competitors. Both parties will be ineligible for any merit or spot prizes and risk being banned from entering any future Motatapu events.

  • Access to these privately owned stations is only permitted on race day so please respect all private property both before and during the event. Competitors must not take photographs of buildings and homesteads and must not harm, approach or interfere with any stock. Breaching these terms puts the Motatapu event in jeopardy.

  • TAKE OUT ALL YOUR RUBBISH! If seen littering you will be disqualified, plus you are putting the future of the race in jeopardy. Leave only footprints.

  • There are no road closures on the course therefore normal road rules apply throughout, please move to the left and let faster traffic pass on the right. Be courteous to all participants.

  • You must give way to any medic or support vehicles on course. Please be respectful of this and move out of the way as quickly as possible.
  • About 500m from the finish line you will need to cross through a Didymo wash station.  You must bike through the wash station or you will be disqualified. This has been requested and approved by Bio Security NZ. "Didymo growths can adversely affect freshwater fish, plant and invertebrate species by reducing the number of suitable habitats. It can form large, thick mats on the bottom of streams, rivers and occasionally on lake edges where there is a wave action. It has no human health risk" - Bio Security New Zealand

 

Mountain Bike Team Event specific race rules:

  • 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.

 

 E- Bike Standards:

  • We recommend that you check with your dealer direct on suitability. The bikes will have to make their way through ~10 small creek crossings and 11 crossings of the Arrow River that is roughly mid shin in depth.  They will get wet.  For our recce we used a Moustache Samedi Trail with a Bosch motor.  It is very important that the bike used has a mid-mount motor with a pedal assist system and a minimum 500 w/h battery. 
  • Pedal assisted off-road E Bikes only 
  • Batteries must hold sufficient charge for a minimum of 47km
  • E Bikes must pass a standard Macpac Motatapu bike check 
  • E Bikers must have intermediate mountain bike skills 
  • Note that the E Bike category is not intended as a race

E-Bike Battery  Shipment:

  • If traveling by air or utilising air freight shipment contact your airline for battery specific transport policies.