Emersons 3 Peaks Race Rules


Stages must be contested on the same bike. Competitors can use any type of bike, but the best bike for this kind of racing is a ‘trail’ or ‘all mountain’ bike, normally with 5-6″ travel.

The bicycle must be in good working order and have no electronically or mechanically assisted motors. The handlebar ends must be protected by caps. Every contestant must be completely self-sufficient during the race, including the repair and/or substitution of bicycle parts (for example changing the inner tube), with the exception of technical zones (at the end of each race run).

Full Face Helmet Requirement

Full face helmets are compulsory during race runs at the Urge 3 Peaks Enduro. For the liasons (in between) stages, a helmet must be worn at all times while on public roads.


During all timed special stages approved full face helmets, knee pads and gloves are compulsory.

During all other times on the bike, approved helmets (open or full face), must be worn while riding, even in the car parks! We will have hidden marshals at random places during the liaison stages taking numbers of riders who are not wearing helmets. Riders caught riding without a helmet will receive a 2min penalty on their race time. No exceptions.

Back protection and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but not compulsory.

Spare parts/tools

It is strongly recommended that all riders carry a minimum of 2 tubes, a pump and a multi tool. There is no outside mechanical assistance allowed.

In case of cold weather

Dunedin’s weather is very unpredictable and this event climbs high into the mountains, so some extra warm clothing is essential. Please carry suitable clothing, such as a waterproof jacket, thermal tops, leg/arm warmers etc.


Transfers from one special stage to another are not timed. However, there are time limits within which each contestant must complete the transfer. Outside assistance is not allowed in liaisons.

Road Rules

The race uses public roads during the liaisons which are open to traffic. It is very important that all competitors understand this and obey by the road code when ever on a road section.


Competitors must complete the course in its entirety, without leaving the marked trail and without taking any shortcuts. Please don't cut corners or take sneaky 'local' lines even if you know some and they are not tapped off. 


-Men, Woman.

- Age groups are based on rider age on the 31 December of competition year. 

Youth 15-17 (Under 15 riders allowed only if they ride together with an adult at all times) 


Senior 21-29.

Master 30-39

Classic 40-49

Legend 50+


Help and assistance

In case of a mechanical breakdown, the competitor must either fix the bike by him/herself, or with the help by another competitor. All other outside help is forbidden.

In case of accidents it is each competitor’s responsibility to help other competitors in need or in trouble and possibly call for assistance by telling a race marshall.

Contestants that pull out of the race must inform the organization.

Conditions of entry

To enter the race you need to:

- Follow the rules

- Be 15 years old or more. Under 15 riders allowed only if they ride together with an adult at all times. Please let us know in advance who this will be.

- Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian signs a waiver on their behalf when picking up race pack.

Image rights

Participant permits the Urge 3 Peaks organisers or any sponsors of the event to use any photographs, videotapes, recordings or any other records taken during the race for publicity, advertising, or any other legitimate purpose, without compensation to the participant.