Sat 2 March, 2013
50km mini-epic MTB race
Based within the rugged splendour of Wellington’s Akatarawa Ranges, 10km north of Upper Hutt, the classic that is Karapoti revolves around an uncompromising, 50km of 4WD trails, gnarly singletrack, wheel-sucking sludge, raging river crossings, wall-to-wall wilderness and a huge hill. It’s the toughest mountain bike race in the Southern Hemisphere, but also the most awe-inspiring.
If the full 50km sounds a bit daunting there’s a 20km option for off-road rookies, spectators, supporters, school kids and active families that is every bit as stunning, but less than half the distance and has only one hill. There’s even a kids’ 5km race complete with mud and river crossings.
With a prize purse totaling $30,000, the Merida Karapoti Classic is the richest race on the New Zealand mountain biking circuit.
American cycling magazine VeloNews ranks Karapoti amongst the top-25 mountain bike races in the world, and participants for the event are limited to 1000 entrants.
Entries are closed.
Visit karapoti.co.nz for more information.