Urge 3 Peaks Enduro 2014

6-7 DECEMBER 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro. For the first time ever, we have two full days of racing!

We were the first major NZ Enduro and now back for our third year. And yes, we are keeping it real, with riders having to conquer the entire courses on their own steam. No easy shuttle options here folks! Trust us too, it will be worth the effort. We have some very exciting new trails and some of your favorite old ones as well.

Full Face Helmet Requirement

Full face helmets are compulsory during race runs at the Urge 3 Peaks Enduro. Apologies for any confusion in the last update. An open faced helmet may be worn on the liaison stages. In many enduro events overseas it is common that riders strap an open face helmet to their backpack to use during the uphill stages. (please remember, helmets must be worn at all times, including the liaisons)

#DirtyDunedin Competition

Win a weekend getaway in Dunedin with the Urge 3 Peaks Enduro. Simply post as many pics with #dirtydunedin included in the caption as you like while mtbing in Dunedin and go in the draw to win a weekend valued over $900.
The package for two includes a two night stay, Speights Brewery tour, Monarch Wildlife tour and a half day of shuttling any where in Dunedin.

See here for more details and get posting on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Latest Race Details 

Friday 5th December

Two stages on Signal hill! Stages 4 and 5 will be open on Friday the 5th of December. They will be marked and tracks announced at 9am. Please note there will be no first aid, no marshals or feedzones on Friday just yourselves and the gnarly Signal Hill downhill tracks. These tracks are extremely difficult and have serious features on them, there will be A and B lines taped. We highly recommend looking at both stages before committing to the dangerous A lines. 

Please note Stage 1 and 3 are NOT open for practice. These are walking tracks we are allowed to ride once a year and if ridden before the specified time will put the future of the event in jeopardy. 

Stage 2 will remain secret until race day.

Registration will be at Bike Otago (8 Castle Street) on Friday evening from 5-7pm.

Start Order
Now the important bit, as we have changed the start format slightly. We will now set riders off in waves of approx 20 riders every 10min. The first wave will leave the Bullring at 9.30am. The race still begins with a un-timed 10-15min climb before you get to the start of the first stage...  and riders can start each stage at any time they wish, so there won't be any rush. 

The first wave will be seeded off the 2013 Urge 3 Peaks results and NZ MTB Crown Enduro rankings. If anyone thinks they are pretty hot shit and wants to be seeded in the first wave, please email us now. 

After this we will put riders into groups based on categories. If you really want to ride with some friends that are in a different category to yourself, then let us know as soon as possible. We will do our best to set you off in the same group.

Wave groups will be announced at registration Friday evening. 

Sunday timing will be all individually seeded similar to a downhill race. See Sunday Race Day info.

Transponder Pick Up
Riders must pick up their timing chip on Saturday morning at least 15 minutes before their scheduled wave time at the Bullring Carpark on Flagstaff-Whare Flat Road.

Bag Drop
In this you can place any clothing, food or drink that you would like to be taken to the finish of Day 1 at Bethunes Gully. You will be asked to drop your bag at a marked car before the start at the Bullring and it will be available for collection at the canteen at the race finish.

BBQ Meal
At the finish venue in Bethunes Gully, Mel and Sharon will have a post-race meal ready for you as well as Tania from Shot Coffee, Sarah providing massage support and Joel from Bike Otago available to refuel the shattered bodies and repair the damaged bikes. Please remember some cash as eftpos will not be available

Shuttle Back to the Bull Ring Carpark
At the end of the day we will have a shuttle to take you back to your car at the top of the Bullpen. This will try and leave every 45 minutes from 1pm. Due to another event in town that weekend we only have one van and trailer, we will do our best but please be aware we will be limited.


Sign In
Riders will be required to sign in at the event village at the bottom of Signal Hill behind Logan Park High School on Sunday morning. This must be done at least 45 minutes before your scheduled start time (to allow time to climb the hill).
Start Order
Unlike the day before, riders will be given exact start times 30 seconds apart, seeded in reverse order from the overall results on Saturday. There will be no chip system on Sunday, instead we will be using exact laser timing to produce live results. The start list will be published at 9pm on Saturday night and will be up at the event village throughout Sunday.

The first rider will start at 10.00am from the top of Signal Hill. Riders will have approximately 1 hour and half between runs to clean bikes, refuel the body, repair any mechanicals and make their way back up the hill for their next scheduled start time
Riders will be required to climb Signal Hill under their own pedal power every ascent. The fast guys and girls will climb up in about half an hour but this could blow out to 45-50 mins for the not so uphill inclined. We will have cameras and marshals on the road to the top penalising any riders caught shuttling in a vehicle.

Event Village
Your hard work will be rewarded with another excellent BBQ from Mel and Sharon, beer from Invercargill Breweries, massage from Sarah Cockroft, coffee from the Shot Coffee and outstanding MC chat from T-man!
Prize Giving
Prizegiving will be held at 2pm Sunday afternoon after the fast boys and girls have come down last. 

Emergency Contact  Number
It is extremely important that everybody must carry a cell phone for the day. There will be first aiders on course but with such an epic layout we cannot have marshals and first aiders everywhere. Please put Tom, the event manager’s emergency cell phone 0276371541 in your phone now in case of emergency.

Procedure for Incident

If you come across an injured rider, you must stop and assess they are ok. If they are seriously injured ensure oncoming riders can see you and send a coming rider down the track to the get help from first aid. Please contact the nearest marshal who will inform the leader of the medical team. Any time lost helping out a fellow rider will be rewarded with a pro rated time from your other stages. Likewise if racing has to be temporarily suspended those affected will be given a pro rated time, as we will not be able to provide a re run unfortunately.

Other Protection
Knee pads are compulsory during the race runs. Elbow pads, gloves and back protection are recommended, but not compulsory to all competitors.

As always if you have any questions, concerns or dramas please let us know.


Enter here! Limited spaces available! 

The 2014 Entry fee is $90 (Juniors $70.)

The entry fee includes 2 days and 5 stages of enduro racing (a whole lot of course design, building and marking!), BBQ's after each days racing, a festival atmosphere at the end of each stage (Marquee if its cold), feed zones with food and drink, First Aid.

Race Jerseys

For 2014 we will have top quality, long sleeve, enduro racing jerseys produced, which can be added to your entry fee for an additional $60. 

We have a limited number available for sale at registration!



We will be giving $1000+ in cash prizes to the top 3 in the overall mens and women's categories. Plus there will be $3000+ in spot prizes!



Here's the video of the 2013 event, which featured an urban stage. The urban stage is not planned for the 2014 addition, but instead we will have a second day of racing on the Sunday!


Race Details

To help keep the day stress free, riders can start each race run in their own time, either chasing their friends, or leaving a gap of choice. The race runs will be 90% downhill with a few short climbs only. The trails are at an advanced level, so please ensure you are a capable rider before entering this race.

While the climbs are not timed, there is an overall time limit to achieve the event. We will have a cut off time at certain points along the course.
We will have feed stations with drink and food available during the stages, yet we ask that riders come prepared with food, spare parts and clothing.
To help with logistics, we will have a van leaving the finish area on day one (Bethunes Gully) to bring riders back to the start (Flagstaff) to pick up vehicles approx. every hour, or as needed.
Please note that pre-riding will not be allowed on all stages of this race because some of the tracks are not normally open for mountain bikers and we only have special permission on race day. (please respect this and do not ride these tracks, otherwise we will risk losing the permission to hold this race in the future)






The Urge 3 Peaks is a silver event for 2014!





Friday 5th Dec

Signal Hill track announced 9am

Registration will be at Bike Otago (8 Castle Street) on Friday evening from 5-7pm.


Saturday 6th Dec 

-Late number collection at start from 8.45am - 9.15am

-Riders begin in waves between 9.30am - 10.40am

-Finish party and BBQ at Bethunes Gully between 12-3pm

-Results and day 2 seeding released by email before 9pm


Sunday 7th Dec

- First rider at 10am

-Riders will have a seeded start time from the top of Signal Hill. Reverse order from the overall results of Saturday. It is the responsibility of the rider to allow  enough time for the 30-45 minute climb. 

-BBQ for riders as they finish between 12-2.30pm

-Prize Giving at 2.30pm



Past Events


2013 Category results

2013 Full results

2013 Photos by Maria Anderson

2013 Photos by Emma Wells photos

2012 Race Results


2012 Race Video...

2012 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro from Black Seal on Vimeo.




The Urge 3 Peaks mountain bike race was first run in 2012 and was the first major enduro event in New Zealand. Spearheaded by life member Kashi Leuchs the event saw over 100 competitors race 3 unassisted stages in one day.

In 2013 the Urge 3 Peaks race introduced a prologue urban downhill stage, finishing in the heart of the Octagon on a packed Friday night. Thanks went to MBO (James Crawford and his team) for successfully bringing mountain biking to the people of Dunedin. The Saturday saw competitors again traversing the original 3 peaks route with Justin Leov and Rosara Jospeh taking the men's and women's overall win.

The 2014 event will be presented by Bike Otago with Organisers Kashi Leuchs and Tom Bradshaw (in partnership with Mountain Biking Otago(MBO)). A per rider levy will be paid back to MBO for the ongoing support and development of tracks in Dunedin . The event will also serve to encourage development of the Three Peaks Trail and raise the profile of Dunedin as a mountain bike destination in New Zealand.


The club members involved with organizing the Urge 3 Peaks Enduro include:

Race director - Kashi Leuchs (kashi@blackseal.co.nz

Event Manager - Tom Bradshaw (tom@blackseal.co.nz)

Timing - Hamish Seaton/Megan Rose

Art / Design - Lewis Earl/Anja McDonald