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

Race Details

ENTRIES FOR MOTATAPU 2022 WILL OPEN

12:00PM - 1 JULY 2021

 

Date SATURDAY 5 MARCH 2022

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) *eBikers can begin

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. Non-competitive category. See E-Bike Standards here.

MINIMUM AGE

Must strictly be 16 years of age on race day to compete

Prize Giving

Prize Giving will take place at 1pm, Saturday 5 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 the 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

There will be a 10 minute race briefing before you start.

 


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

EARLY

STANDARD

LATE

Adult solo (19+ yrs)

NZD$142.00

Limited to 180 entries or until 31 October 2021, whichever occurs first (Adult & E-bike combined)

NZD$165.00

Limited to 450 entries or until 31 Jan 2022, whichever occurs first (Adult & E-bike combined)

NZD$186.50

Team (16+ yrs)

per team of 2

NZD$263.00

Limited to 20 entries or until 31 October 2021, whichever occurs first (Adult & E-bike combined)

NZD$310.00

Limited to 20 entries or until 31 Jan 2022, whichever occurs first

NZD$352.00

Junior solo (16 – 18 yrs)

NZD$99.00

Limited to 10 entries or until 31 January 2022, whichever occurs first (Adult & E-bike combined)

 

NZD$99.00

Limited to 10 entries or until 31 Jan 2022, whichever occurs first

 

NZD$120.00

E-Bike (16+ yrs)

Non-competitive

NZD$142.00

Limited to 10 entries (Adult & E-bike combined) or until 31 October 2021, whichever occurs first (Adult & E-bike combined)

 

NZD$165.00

Limited to 20 entries or until 31 Jan 2022, whichever occurs first (Adult & E-bike combined)

 

NZD$186.50

Prices are inclusive of all fees and taxes
Team prices are based on 1 team entry

The eBike Category is a non-competitive event (not a race) created for those who would not be able to bike through on a regular bike to experience the once a year access in the Motatapu Valley. 

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

  • Your ID

Transport

*All Mountain Bike transport options include bike transport

Pre-RACE TRANSPORT

 

COST

FROM QUEENSTOWN

 

- Departing 6:15am from Athol St bus stop

- Arriving approx. 7:30am

NZD$TBA

FROM ARROWTOWN

 

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

- Arriving approx. 7:30am

NZD$TBA

FROM WANAKA

- Departing 7:00am from Mt Aspiring College

- Arriving approx. 7:30am

NZD$TBA

 

 

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$TBA

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$TBA

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$TBA

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$TBA

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

You can book your transport by logging into your EventsPlus account and click on "Merchandise" on the left side column.

Race Rules - Click here