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Here’s Your List of NZ Must-Ride MTB Events

If there’s one thing Kiwi mountain bikers know how to do, it’s putting on a rad bike event. Here at Bike Glendhu, we’re quite proud of our various mountain bike events, including community events like Women’s Ride Wednesdays and our signature events like the POC Glenduro. But looking big picture, as a whole our little island at the bottom of the world has some epic event drawcards.

So here’s our list of must-ride MTB events for 2024, all the way from the North Island down to our home in the Southern Alps.

Queenstown Bike Festival

When: January 19-28, 2024

Where: Queenstown, South Island

Queenstown Bike Festival has officially become one of the biggest bike parties of the summer in the Queenstown Lakes District and they’re kicking it up a notch for 2024. 10 days of over 30 bike events, socials, BBQs and afterparties with the whole community (both non-bikers and hard-outs) getting amongst it. The festival includes classics like whip-offs, enduro and downhill, as well as some quirkier events like bike bungy, mini-bike racing and grass slalom. The whole week is topped off with the famed McGazza Fest, in memory of Kelly McGarry.

Challenge Wanaka Cross Tri & Duathlon

When: February 17, 2024

Where: Wanaka, South Island

Challenge Wanaka’s newest offroad event is the Earshots Challenge Wanaka Cross Tri & Duathlon, featuring a one-lap swim leg in Glendhu Bay (triathlon only), two laps of a 16km mountain bike course and finally a 10.5km trail run (both on the tracks at Bike Glendhu). If you’ve been wanting to test your skills in the multisport world – this is the event for you! Registration is now open, so get in there!

Midpoint Jump Jam

When: February 24, 2024

Where: Bike Glendhu, South Island

After an epic inaugural event in 2022 (featuring appearances from riders the likes of Emil Johansson, Nicholi Rogatkin, Vinny Armstrong, Harriet Burbidge-Smith and Emma Olofsson, to name a few), the Midpoint Jump Jam is back for 2024! We don’t open our Midpoint pro lines often, but when we do, it goes off, so you won’t want to miss this one.

We’ll also having a bangin’ apres with DJ Scotty Mayes at Base 334 post-Jam, so stick around and hang with the riders!

Crankworx Summer Series NZ

When: March 1-3, 2024

Where: Christchurch Adventure Park, South Island

Switching it up for 2024, Crankworx Summer Series NZ has left Otago and found a new home at Christchurch Adventure Park. Acting as an appetizer before Crankworx Rotorua, Summer Series NZ is an epic opportunity for local up-and-coming riders to race against national and international mountain bike pros. And with two brand news courses built for the Downhill and Pump Track events, all on the grounds of the Christchurch Adventure Park, it’s shaping up to be an all-time weekend in Canterbury.

The Prospector

When: March 8-10, 2024

Where: Alexandra, South Island

Find a little bit of MTB gold at The Prospector, a 3-day 3-stage team race consisting of entirely of loop courses. Taking you through 4,000m of elevation along grade 3 & 4 trails, the Prospector is the ultimate XC mountain biking challenge. But it’s not without its spoils: $1,500 cashollas is a nice chunk of change for the winning team.

The POC Glenduro

When: March 9, 2024

Where: Bike Glendhu, South Island

Probably our most popular Signature Event, the POC Glenduro is back for its fourth year at Bike Glendhu on March 9, 2024. A 4- and 5-stage enduro race, the Glenduro course is updated each year to keep things fresh – and this year we’ve got a whole bunch of new tracks that could potentially get thrown into the mix! Keep your eyes peeled to our socials for event updates and registration information!

And hey, if you’re a lady and want to dip your toes into the enduro waters, check out our Women’s Funduro, happening on Women’s Ride Wednesday on February 28, 2024.

Crankworx Rotorua

When: March 16-24, 2024

Where: Rotorua, North Island

We can’t talk about NZ mountain bike events without the mother of all bike festivals: Crankworx. After establishing the popular flagship event in Whistler, Crankworx went global in 2015 with their first world tour stop in Rotorua. As the pinnacle of NZ MTB events, Crankworx Rotorua captures all the stoke of its North American sibling, but with Kiwi-ified classics like pump track, whip-offs, Deep Summer, downhill and of course, slopestyle. It also brings local flare in its food, music and shopping offerings.

The Motatapu MTB

When: March 2, 2024

Where: Wanaka, South Island

The Motatapu gives MTB riders the unique opportunity to ride the Motatapu trail through the Soho and Glencoe Stations. Starting in Wanaka and finishing in Arrowtown, this stunning route is closed to bikers all year long – except during this true backcountry race. Ride through river crossings, over hill climbs and take on epic descents, all while taking in the incredible Southern Alp views along the way. The ride is 47km from start to finish and is open to all skill levels, from newbies to pros.

Other events to keep an eye out for in 2024 that have yet to set their Spring dates include the Dodzy Memorial Enduro and the famed Whaka100.

To check out more of our upcoming events including community favourites like Women’s Ride Wednesdays presented by Mons Royale and Dog Day, visit our Events calendar here.

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