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

Race Details

Date SATURDAY 6 MARCH 2021

DISTANCE

47km

START LINE

Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka - Directions

FINISH LINE

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Start Times

8:00am: Elites

8:05am - 8:15am: Competitive (2:45 - 3:00hrs) 

8:15am - 8:25am: Speedy (3:00 - 3:30hrs) 

8:25am - 8:40am: Going For It (3:30 - 4:00hrs) 

8:40am - 8:50am: Weekend Warrior (4:00 - 4:30hrs) 

8:50am - 9:00am: Cruising (4:30hrs+) 

 

Your start chute will be printed on your bike plate and is based on the information given on your entry form. If you have forgotten which start chute you selected, log in to your Events Plus account

Start procedure 

The Mountain Bike race start will take place over a 60min period in a self-seeding, controlled rolling start format (with exception to Elite). The rolling start allows for a slow release of athletes over the start line - 2 riders at approximately 5-second intervals. It is essential that you start in the chute relevant to your capability. You may not move up to an earlier start chute than is printed on your bike plate, but you may drop to a later start chute.

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 info@motatapu.com with previous results.

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

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

RACE CATEGORIES

Elite: Junior (16-19yrs), Elite (20+ yrs)

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

Teams: Open Men (both riders are male), Open Women (both riders are female), Open Mixed (one male and one female rider), Masters Men (both riders are male and 40 years or older on race day), Masters Women (both riders are female and 40 years or older on race day), Grand Masters (both riders are male and 50 years or older on race day). Category determined by the age of the youngest rider.

E-Bike: All E-Bikers. See E-Bike Standards here.

MINIMUM AGE

Must be 16 years of age on race day to compete

Prize Giving

Prize Giving will take place at 1pm, Saturday 6 March at Wilcox Green. 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each individual and team race category (except E-Bikes).

Prize Money

Overall Male and Female individual winners will be awarded NZD$500.00.

Mandatory Gear List & Bike Check

Click here to view requirements

Cut-off Times 

Cut off at Aid Station 1 (14km from start line) - 11:15am

Cut off at Aid Station 2 (22km from start line) - 12:45pm 

Course cut off - 4:00pm

RACE BRIEFING

The race briefing will be updated prior to the 2021 event. There will be a 10 minute race briefing before you start.

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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


Entry info

 ENTRY FEES

CATEGORY

TIER 1 

TIER 2

TIER 3

Adult solo (19+ yrs)

NZD$142.00

Limited to 200 entries (Adult & E-bike combined)

SOLD OUT, Tier 2 applies

NZD$165.00

Limited to 1000 entries or until 16 Jan 2021, whichever occurs first (Adult & E-bike combined)

SOLD OUT, Tier 3 applies

NZD$186.50

Team (16+ yrs)

per team of 2

NZD$263.00 

Limited to 50 entries

SOLD OUT, Tier 2 applies

NZD$310.00 

Limited to 50 entries

SOLD OUT, Tier 3 applies

NZD$352.00 

Junior solo (16 – 18 yrs)

NZD$99.00 

Limited to 20 entries

NZD$99.00

Limited to 20 entries or until 16 Jan 2021, whichever occurs first

SOLD OUT, Tier 3 applies

NZD$120.00 

E-Bike (16+ yrs)

NZD$142.00 

Limited to 200 entries (Adult & E-bike combined)

SOLD OUT, Tier 2 applies

NZD$165.00 

Limited to 1000 entries or until 16 Jan 2021, whichever occurs first (Adult & E-bike combined)

SOLD OUT, Tier 3 applies

NZD$186.50 

Prices are inclusive of all fees and taxes

ENTRY FEE INCLUSIONS

  • Race number
  • Timing device
  • 4 Aid Stations on course (with water, toilets and first aid)
  • Mechanical support on course
  • Bike wash facilities at the finish line
  • Post-event recovery area at the finish with food & drink
  • Finishers medal
  • Spot prizes and awards for top finishers

Athlete Check-In

Category

LOCATION

DATE

TIME

INDIVIDUAL / Teams / e-bikers

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Friday 5 March 2021

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Glendhu Bay, Wanaka

Saturday 6 March 2021

6:30am - 8:45am

 

What to Bring

  • Photo of your Bike Check Sticker on your bike
  • Your ID

Transport

*All Mountain Bike transport options include bike transport

Pre-RACE TRANSPORT

 

COST

FROM QUEENSTOWN

 

- Departing 6:00am from Athol St bus stop

- Arriving approx. 7:30am

NZD$50

FROM QUEENSTOWN

 

- Departing 6:15am from Athol St bus stop

- Arriving approx. 7:30am

NZD$50

FROM ARROWTOWN

 

- Departing 6:15am from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St (beside public toilets)

- Arriving approx. 7:30am

NZD$50

FROM WANAKA

- Departing 7:00am from Mt Aspiring College

- Arriving approx. 7:30am

NZD$40

 

 

POST-RACE TRANSPORT

 

COST

OPTION A

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

 

- Departing 2:00pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St

- Arriving approx. 3:30pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

NZD$50

OPTION B

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

 

- Departing 3:30pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St

- Arriving approx. 5:00pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

NZD$50

OPTION C

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

 

- Departing 4:30pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St

- Arriving approx. 6:00pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

NZD$50

OPTION D

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

- Departing 6:00pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St

- Arriving approx. 7:30pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

NZD$50

Prices are inclusive of all fees and taxes. All arrival times are approximate.


Race Rules

TEAMS

  • 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 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 course on your own. However, you will not be eligible for prizes.

E-BIKES

  • 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 Motatapu bike check 
  • E-Bikers must have intermediate mountain bike skills 
  • Note that the E-Bike category is not intended as a race
  • If traveling by air or utilising air freight shipment contact your airline for battery specific transport policies.