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

Race Details

Date SATURDAY 14 MARCH 2020

DISTANCE

47km

START LINE

Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka (Directions)

FINISH LINE

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Start Times

8:45am: Elites 

8:50am: Teams

9:15am - 9:30am: Competitive (2:45 - 3:00hrs) 

9:30am - 9:45am: Speedy (3:00 - 3:30hrs) 

9:45am - 10:00am: Going For It (3:30 - 4:00hrs) 

10:00am - 10:15am: Weekend Warrior (4:00 - 4:15hrs) 

10:15am - 10:30am: Cruising (4:15hrs+) 

12:00pm: E-Bike

Start procedure 

The Mountain Bike race start will take place over a 90min period in a self-seeding, controlled rolling start format (with exception to Elite, Teams & E-Bike categories who will start in waves).  The rolling start allows  for a slow release of athletes over the start line - 2 riders at approximate 5 second intervals. It is essential that you start in the chute relevant to your capability.

We encourage you to arrive early if you are in the Elite/ Teams/ Competitive/Speedy start chutes as there is a limited capacity in each chute.

Please see here for how the start chute procedure will operate.

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

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 2:00pm, Saturday 14 March at Wilcox Green. Prizes will be awarded to 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

Cut-off Times 

Cut off at Aid Station 1 (14km from start line) - 12:45pm  

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

Course cut off - 6:00pm

 

For E-Bikes the following cut off times apply:

Cut off at Aid Station 1 (14km from start line) - 2:00pm

Cut off at Aid Station 2 (22km from start line) - 3:30pm

Course cut off 6:30pm

RACE BRIEFING

Please ensure you have read through this race briefing before race day. 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

ENTER HERE 

ENTRY FEES

Category

Early Bird 
(2 Apr - 6 OCT)

Standard 
(7 Oct - 31 JAN)

Late 
(1 Feb - 13 Mar)

 

Price

Price
inc. 8% Active Fee

Price

Price
inc. 8% Active Fee

Price

Price
inc. 8% Active Fee

ADULT INDIVIDUAL (19 yrs+)

$132.87

$143.50

$154.50

$166.86

$174.07

$188.00

JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL (16 - 19 yrs+)

$92.70

$100.12

$92.70

$100.12

$112.27

$121.25

E-BIKE (16 yrs+)

$132.87

$143.50

$154.50

$166.86

$174.07

$188.00

TEAM (16 yrs+)

$245.14

$264.75

$288.40

$311.47

$327.54

$353.74

Please note: All entry fees are shown in New Zealand dollars and include GST.


ENTRY FEE INCLUSIONS

  • Race number
  • Timing device
  • 4 Aid Stations on course (with water, PURE Nutrition Sports drink, 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 gift (awarded at finish line)

Athlete Check-In

Category

Location

DATE

TIME

MAP

Individual / Team

MOUNTAIN Bikers

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Friday 13 March 2020

4:00pm - 7:30pm

Click Here

Glendhu Bay, Wanaka

Saturday 14 March 2020

7:30am - 10:00am

Click Here

Diversion Route to Glendhu Bay

E-BIKERS

 

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Friday 13 March 2020

4:00pm - 7:30pm

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Glendhu Bay, Wanaka

Saturday 14 March 2020

11:00am - 12:00pm

Click Here

Diversion Route to Glendhu Bay


WHAT TO BRING

  • Photo of your Bike Check Sticker on your bike.

Transport

Please note, you can book this while entering, or at a later date under the merchandise section of your Active account, subject to availability. If you have not previously created an Active account click here. We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

BOOK HERE ACTIVE USER GUIDE

*All Mountain Bike transport options include bike transport

PRE-RACE TRANSPORT

COST

FROM QUEENSTOWN

- Departing 6:30am from Athol St bus stop

- Arriving approx. 8:15am

$50.00

FROM QUEENSTOWN

- Departing 7:15am from Athol St bus stop

- Arriving approx. 9:00am

$50.00

FROM ARROWTOWN

- Departing 6:45am from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St (beside public toilets)

- Arriving approx. 8:15am

$50.00

FROM ARROWTOWN

- Departing 7:30am from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St (beside public toilets)

- Arriving approx. 9:00am

$50.00

FROM WANAKA

- Departing 7:45am from Mt Aspiring College

- Arriving approx. 8:15am

$40.00

From Arrowtown

- Departing 9:45am from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St (beside public toilets)

- Arriving approx. 11:15am (E-BIKES ONLY)

$50.00

 

POST-RACE TRANSPORT

 

COST

OPTION A

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

 

- Departing 3:00pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St

- Arriving approx. 4:30pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

$50.00

OPTION B

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

$50.00

OPTION C

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

 

- Departing 5:30pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St

- Arriving approx. 7:00pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

$50.00

OPTION D

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

- Departing 7:00pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St

- Arriving approx. 8:30pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

$50.00

TO QUEENSTOWN

Please call Queenstown Taxis on 03 450 3000 to book. When

calling mention it is for Macpac Motatapu.

- Booking is for up to 3 people and bikes per van

Price on enquiry

* Please note: 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 remaining stages 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 Macpac 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.