... To the 40th anniversary of the Southern Hemisphere's longest running mountain bike event!  Based in Wellington's rugged Akatarawa Ranges, 10k north of Upper Hutt City, the Karapoti Classic is New Zealand's premier mountain bike event.

The Kids' 5k Klassic is an adventurous intro to mountain biking for primary school kids. It's safe and scenic on entry level tracks, but includes some fun and filthy stuff like stream crossing, mud and the odd surprise along the way.

Established in 1986, this is NZ's original mountain bike race and the one race on every mountain biker's wish list. But entries are limited to 1000 riders... so Enter Here Now.

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Course Info

Race Info

Kids 5k Categories

Dare your kids to challenge themselves !

Age Groups

The Kids 5k is open to primary school children aged 5 to 11, but is limited to 100 participants. Parents/guardians are welcome to ride with their kids at no charge.

Age group categories are allocated automatically via date of birth and age on race day, as per the following:

Age 5&6
Age 7
Age 8
Age 9
Age 10&11

  • Prizes are awarded to the fastest boy and fastest girl in each age group,
  • There must be three entrants in a category for prizes to be awarded.
  • Participants must enter and start in the correct category to be eligible for prizes.

School Team Competitions

Kids 5k participants can form a school team of three or more riders. Just fill in your school name in the team section when you enter.

  • There will be a prize for the fastest school.
  • There will a prize for the school with the most participants.

Great Prizes !

  • Every Finisher Wins A Medal !
  • One lucky Kid Will Win A Bike !

Be The Best Dressed Kid

Get in the Karapoti groove by dressing up as your favourite character. It could be Darth Vader, fairies, Superman, Batman, minions, ninja turtles, maori warriors... whatever pushes your mountain biking button!

  • The best dressed rider wins a prize !

Go On - You Know You Want To !

But be warned! Almost every Kids' Klassic finisher returns one day to take on the 20k and 50k.