Welcome to Race 2 of the 2022/23 series 

RACE DAY SUNDAY, 4 December 2022

Rego will be at the event hub in front of the Mountain Bike Rotorua on Waipa State Mill Rd. Registration will be available from 330-530pm Saturday, 3 December and 730-10 am Sunday, 4 December.


  • Saturday 330-530 pm

  • Sunday 7:30-9:00 am (we'll prioritise LONG Course, but short can also register)

  • Sunday 9:15 am-10 am (Short Only) 


Waipa - In front of Mountain Bike Rotorua/Trail Kitchen


Waipa has plenty of car parking options; please keep away from the sealed car park; let's leave them for the general public. 

LONG and SHORT stages will be marked and ready to roll from Friday afternoon


  • 9:00 am LONG Course starts

  • 10:00 am SHORT Course starts                      

  • 2:00 pm Food Zone Closed                                     

  • 2:30 pm Course Closed                                     

  • 3:00 pm Timing penalties start. If you cross the start/finish line after 3:00pm you will accrue penalities                    

  • 3:00 pm Time penalties start

  • Prizegiving We will aim for 4:15 pm, but it could be 4:30 pm.

    • Spot Prizes for the Long & Short course, including a $5,000 Giant credit 

    • $100 Cash for the quickest Joker run Male/Female 


 The Joker is timed, but the time does not count towards your overall race time(unless we need to change this due to a circumstance outside our control).  If you want to be in to win our major spot prizes like a GIANT Credit, SMITH goggles, Maxxis Tyres, Deity riding gear, CamelBak, Motomuck, Leatt pads, gloves, Leatt Protective Gear, Secret Spot vouchers, you should do it... The quickest female and male time get $100 cash. 


  • If you have entered the shuttle category, this is a Shuttle Assisted Race; if lines are long, think about your options, maybe quicker to pedal...

  • The number of uplifts is limited only by time.

  • Shuttled riders will receive a wristband for uplift access that must be worn on their left wrist and shown to the driver when they board.

  • Please be careful when loading your bikes and help one another!

  • Please line up in an orderly fashion where the signage directs.


There is a food station at the top of Tawa Rd, where the public shuttle drops off riders, thanks to Harris Tate Lawyers. Bike Clinic will help keep you rolling should you have any minor mechanicals.


Short Course

Stage 1 – Upper Corners

Stage 2 – Te Mounga 1 (just the top section)

Stage 3 – UnderBilly/Billy T

Stage 4 – Split Enz

Stage 5 – Ma Te Wa


Long Course

Stage A - UnderBilly/Billy T

Stage B - Te Mounga 1 (just the top section)

Stage C – Upper Taniwha

Stage D – Lower Taniwha

Stage E – Kung Fu Walrus

Stage F – Te Ahi Manawa

Stage G – Franken Furter/ Rifffraff has been replaced with Split Enz 




  • Your stage directional cues include Directional arrows, tape, course split signage, course cross-over signage, cones, and course marshals. We’ve done the best with course marking, but you must remain vigilant throughout the race and transitions to ensure you don’t get lost.

  • You will find a yellow-painted box before the start of each stage; you must come to a complete stop with your front on the ground and front wheel in the yellow box before starting each step. No rolling starts; if you roll straight past the marshal without stopping, that stage time will be removed from your race, with no exceptions.

  • Long course riders have 5.5 hours to complete the course starting from 9 am Sunday 4 December. Course closed at 2:30 pm. Time penalities start from 3pm at the event hub. So if you get back to the hub at 3:01pm, you will have time penalities.

  • Short course riders have 4.5 hours to complete the course starting from 10 am Sunday 4 December. Course closed at 230pm. Time penalities start from 3pm at the event hub. So if you get back to the hub at 3:01pm, you will have time penalities. 

  • You can re-run stages as many timers as you would like providing you are within your allocated time.

  • You don't have to race the Joker (unless we have made changes to the race format), but if you want to be in to win major spot prizes, then we suggest you ride it... 

  • Follow the arrows. No crossing the tape. If you break the tape, you must repair the break and re-join the track where you left it.

  • We have marked some transitions, but most are not marked - so you will need to familiarise yourself with how to get to each stage start point. Download the map, ask a rider, buddy up with a local or ask our team.

  • Attach your transponder to your front fork with cable ties that we will provide. You roll over a mat at the start and finish of each stage; you will hear a loud beep once you have gone over the mat. 

  • Non-shuttle riders are urged to use alternative routes to the shuttle bus roads when transitioning between stages. Riders who opt to ride up roads used by shuttle buses must use parallel cycle paths if available; otherwise, keep left and pull over to give way whenever a bus approaches from ahead or behind. Dust may be an issue!

  • No riders are permitted to ride on any walking tracks.

  • Do not ride on Waipa Stage Mill Rd, Waipa Bypass Rd or 8 Mile Gate Rd; you will be disqualified!

  • Do not ride down Hill or Tawa Rds unless an allocated track taptrack-taped off the road is available. 

  • You cannot tow anyone during any element of the race.

  • You are more than welcome to practice on Friday/Saturday.

  • When coming back into the hub, ride over the start/finish mat and hand your transponder back to our team. 


General safety messages

  • Do not ride on any public road.

  • Do not ride on any part of  Waipa State Mill Rd; instant disqualification. Please stick to the allocated riding tracks.

  • Do not ride on any public road to access the forest.

Your responsibility is to know the safety requirements, compulsory equipment, race rules, and terms & conditions of entry available on the event website. Cycle helmets must be worn when a rider is on a bike. The Chinstrap must be fastened and secured appropriately on the head. It would help if you were self-sufficient.  Please carry what $ or supplies you need to keep your bike in operational order and your body hydrated and fuelled.

If you withdraw, please report to the timing personnel at the race finish with your timing mechanism.

On any dual-purpose multi-directional pathways to and from the forest and inside the forest, please show consideration to other users, ride to the left in a single file, and keep your speed under control around every bend.

Do not block the progress of other users.

Please follow the event marshal’s instructions.
If you encounter someone who requires medical assistance, you have a personal obligation to stop and assist. In the case of a crash where someone requires medical aid,  this means:
Secure the safety of yourself and others.
Stop the next rider coming down and get them to verbally inform subsequent riders that there is a rider down on the track and that they “must slow down or stop”.
Ask the next rider down to ride on and inform the next marshal of the location of the accident.
Attend to the injured rider to support and reassure them until the medics/marshals arrive.

  • Please apply good common sense. 

  • Know your limits - Err on the side of caution and race safely

  • Give clear communication of intentions to pass and show patience.

  • Be a good sport and allow others to pass quickly.

  • Please care for our forest and be a tidy kiwi out there.

  • Embrace the challenge, have fun, and enjoy yourselves out there

  • Smile for the cameras

  • Race stages can be completed in any order.

  • Course splits give riders options related to track difficulty and specific features. The decision is yours. Splits also indicate where the Short stage route and Long stage route deviate.

  • Please apply common sense, ride within your limits and stay in control.

  • Riders who feel the trail presents a challenge beyond their skill level are advised to dismount and walk/run down sections they are uncomfortable with.

  • If a rider has sufficient time, they may do a Race Stage more than once, but they must ride up under their own steam (unless they are shuttled riders). The rider’s slowest time for that stage will be dropped.

  • A rider may return to restart a stage again without finishing it.

  • Riders must return to the start/finish within their allocated time allotment; otherwise, a time penalty of 6 seconds for every minute late will be added to the rider's accumulative race time. Riders must return their timing transponder at the finish line.

  • Note: Whilst race stages are closed to the general public, please show consideration for all other forest users.

  • …And most importantly, please come back in one piece.