Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere's Longest Running Mountain Bike Event
Based in Wellington's Akatarawa Ranges, the ScottÂ Karapoti Classic is New Zealand's premier mountain bike event. Combining a huge, but achievable, challenge with jaw dropping landscapes and a great social atmosphere, Karapoti is the event on every mountain biker's to-do list. But be quick, entries are limited to 1000 riders and last year there were almost 1800 wanting to ride.
Established in 1986, the Scott Karapoti Classic is the longest running mountain bike event in the Southern Hemisphere. Created by Wellington's Kennett Brothers, Karapoti is a race from which has arisen a culture. Based within the splendor of Wellington's Akatarawa Ranges, the Karapoti classic revolves around an uncompromising 50km of 4WD trails, gnarly single track, wheel sucking sludge, raging river crossings, wall to wall wilderness and huge hills. Key elements of the course such as "The Rock Garden," "Devil's Staircase," and "Big Ring Boulevard," are spoken in tones of nervous anticipation. It's the toughest mountain bike race in the Southern Hemisphere, but also the most awe-inspiring. Karapoti is more than merely a tough race. The post-race scene at Karapoti Park, with thousand's of people lounging under the late-summer sun, is reason enough to enter in itself.
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.
With a prize purse totalling $30,000, the Scott Karapoti Classic is the richest race on the New Zealand mountain biking circuit. This, along with the prestige and tradition of Karapoti, attracts some of the world's best riders.
The Classic 50km info here.
The Challenge 20km info here.
The Kids Klassic 5km info here.