... To the Southern Hemisphere's longest running mountain bike event! Based in Upper Hutt's rugged Akatarawa Ranges, near Wellington, the Karapoti Classic is NZ's premier mountain bike event and the "Classic" 50k is the race that started it all !
Established in 1986, this old-school adventure ride combines a huge but achievable challenge on trails that are both historic and spectacular. Finish times range from 2.5-5hrs.
This really is the one race on every mountain biker's wish list, but if the 50k Classic doesn't sound like you then the 20k Challenge or the Kids 5k Klassic might be. Entries are limited to 1000 starters... so Enter Here Now.
50k participants have various start times for their chosen categories. See Race Info page.
The feature category within the 50k Classic, with prize money totalling $6000. Limited to 75 starters, riders must qualify for an "Elite Start" via one of the following results in the previous 3 years:
For competitive riders in the 50k Classic wanting to contend for a top-10 in their age group... or a sub-3 hour finish. It is limited to 100 starters.
Riders qualify for an "Expert Start" via one of the following results in the previous three years:
The Expert category will have Age Divisions for both Male and Female as following:
For the mere mortals amongst us – whether you're a Karapoti rookie, or shooting for a PB, or trying to trump your mate – the Weekend Warrior category is your opportunity to meet your personal goals. So if a top-10 in your age group isn't your cup of tea but riding with your mates or family and other like-minded mountain bikers is, then Weekend Warrior is for you.
Mountain biking's underground enthusiasts - Single Speed, Uni-Cycles, Retro, Cyclo Cross, Fat Bikes or Gravel bikes and Tandems - have their own special start on race day, but race for awards in their own category. 50k entries from riders aged less than 13 years are at the race directors discretion.
Single Speed: Something for the minimalists !
Uni-Cycles: We dare you one-wheel wonders to take on the full 50k!
Retro: For lovers of bikes from back-in-the-day. No suspension, no clip-in pedals, no disc brakes, no carbon. Old-school clothing also encouraged.
Cyclo-Cross/Gravel Bikes: A taste of Euro for followers of cycling's latest cult craze. Cyclo-cross/Gravel bikes must have drop bars, no suspension and max tyre width of 45mm.
Tandem: Try your hand on a tandem or introduce your kids to Karapoti on a trailer bike. Both riders are considered one entry and pay one entry fee. Enter on one entry form, putting one rider as first name and the second rider as surname. Trailer bikes are ok.
Fat Bikes: Get out the big tyres for a cushie Karapoti. Must be a genuine fat bike with minimum 3.7" tyres.
The 50k team categories tally the results of three or more entrants from the same club or work place or family.
Riders who want to be included in a team should enter the 50k normally and also select a team category and team name.
Open Teams: Whether you're a bunch of mates, a cycle club, an elite team, a bike shop, a cycle importer, a frame builder or a house builder, teams of three or more riders can win rider prizes plus bragging rights amongst the cycling community.
Family Teams: Something for families that play together. Whether siblings, in-laws, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, cousins and children, teams of three or more win rider prizes and something to tell the grandkids.
Corporate Teams: Cane your corporate competitor! Teams of three or more can win rider prizes plus bragging rights in the business community. But team members must be employed by the business they are entering with.
Best-Dressed: A Karapoti favourite and a chance for riders in any race to stand out. Past winners have included Darth Vader, fairies, Superman, Batman, devils, medieval warriors and wedding nuptials. The best dressed rider wins Ground Effect riding apparel.
Worst Luck: A Karapoti favourite and a chance for riders from any race to stand out with their tall tale of the race that got away. Could be a crash, could be major mechanicals. In 2010 Wellington's Chris Henry won with 15 punctures, then won again in 2011 with a spectacular crash !
Youngest Rider: The youngest rider within the feature 50k wins a prize on stage, so don't let age get in your way! 50k entries from riders aged less than 13 years are at the race directors discretion.
Oldest Rider: The eldest rider within the feature 50k win a prize on stage, and here's a challenge - no man over 80 or woman over 70 has ever finished the 50k!