Race Rules


A helmet must be worn before, after and during the entire event while riding. Knee pads are compulsory during the race runs. Full face helmets are compulsory for competitors during race runs. Elbow pads, back protection are recommended, but not compulsory to all competitors.

No Pre Riding of the courses except for designated stages are allowed. You are not allowed to ride down to look at any sections before your race run. A quick walk of the first 100 metres is allowed but no bikes are to be used for any brief pre walks. Once you start a stage you cannot come back up!

At all stations around the course rubbish bags will be provided for competitors. Anybody seen littering will be given a two minute time penalty.


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).


Every rider must wear a helmet at all times, even during the liaisons, warming up etc. Gloves and knee pads are compulsory during race runs (we will check for these at the start and riders not wearing them will be not allowed to start). 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.

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 that are open to traffic. It is very important that all competitors understand this and obey by the road code whenever on a road section.


Competitors must complete the course in its entirety, without leaving the marked trail and without taking any shortcuts.


-Men, Woman.
-Age groups are defined by the rider’s age on December 31st 2014;

Senior (19-29), Junior (U19) , Masters 1 (30-39) , Masters 2 (40-49), Masters 3 (50+)

-Prize money will be paid to Overall Men and Women

Help and assistance

In case of a mechanical breakdown, the competitor has three choices for fixing his bike, by himself without any outside help, being helped by another competitor, go to the technical zone. All other outside help is forbidden.
All riding protection and riding gear must be carried by the competitor, no outside assistance is allowed.
In case of accidents it is each competitor’s responsibility to help other competitors in need or in trouble and possibly call for assistance.
Contestants that pull out of the race must inform the organization

Conditions of entry:

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 Mountain Bike Otago Inc 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.