Racer info

This page is for everyone who has entered the Aorere Enduro - we’ll add all the information you need about race day, timetables, trails (when announced) where and when to register and all that other good stuff.


Event Village

Each day you will be starting at the Maitai Cricket Ground, Nelson (Google map here).  It is just minutes from the centre of town.


If you are driving to the event, please park at Branford Park, Maitai Valley Road.  It is a short ride to the event village. There will be signage to show you where to go.



As per EWS rules, helmets and knee pads are compulsory.

Please note: Full Face helmets are compulsory for the Aorere Enduro. Helmets must be worn at all times - that includes liaisons as well as race runs.

All EWS rules apply so please read the rule-book if you are uncertain.


The Course

Day one

Announced on 21 October 2019.

Day two

Announced on 21 October 2019


Practice Days – 26 and 27 October

You are required to be at registration from 8.00am on 26 October. Your registration pack includes your race plate, your stage start and uplift times and some other treats.  

Briefing will be at 8.45am and practice will begin after this.

You are required to be fully self-sufficient during the practice days.  No water or food stations will be provided.

On 26 October you will practice race stages 2-5.

On 27 October you will practice race stage 1.

Race Days – 27 and 28 october

On 27 October you will race stage 1 in the afternoon.

On 28 October you will races stages 2-5.

Each morning you must report to the Event Village to get your timing chip.  Riders will get their uplift times as part of their liaison. We recommend you register at least one hour before your uplift time as it is an approximate 20 minute pedal to the uplift.

There will be one water station each day provided by Camelbak, however you will need to be self-sufficient with food.

B-Rad Cycle Service will be available at the Event Village for full mechanical services.

At the end of the final stage on 28 October, all riders will be able to enjoy free local beverages thanks to Sprig and Fern Brewery and local seafood thanks to New Zealand King Salmon at the event village.

Prize Giving will be held when all results are available.


Details to come.

Race Village - race days

Krankin Kids Day – Monday 28 October

If your family is looking to support you, there will be biking entertainment and activities at the event village from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm run by Krankin Kids. Get the kids involved!

Krankin’Kids is excited to be involved with the event. Every hour between 9.00am and 1.00pm there will be something happening, with heaps of time for learning and practicing in between.  Below are some of the activities that will be happening:

  • Longest Wheelie - Coaches can teach those who would like to learn

  • Cornering on Berms - There will be a couple of wooden berms which you can learn and practice on

  • Dual Slalom - You could race your friends or against a coach of your choosing

  • Speed Ride & Stopping - Shortest stop after from your fastest ride.

  • How’s your Balance? - Ride wooden planks, sea-saws and more (this is the Sport Tasman equipment that may have been at your school)

Get your young riders to bring their bikes and come hang out with Krankin Kids.  Their coaches are always happy to share anything they know with shredders who are keen to learn!

Specialized Fan/Get Rowdy Zone:

Event sponsor Specialized and Village Cycles are setting up a Fanzone on one of the stages (TBA). This will be the place for spectators and supporters to gather, make some noise, get rowdy, enjoy some hospitality from Specialized and basically have a damn good time. It will have easy access and be a great viewing spot. More info nearer the event - but get your supporters lined up now, they won't want to miss the action.

Ibis Prize Package:

Thanks to our sponsor Ibis Cycles, eight lucky riders will win an Ibis B-Rad Service Pro Pack, retail value $250 each!

Sit back and relax in the Ibis Pit while the crew cook you a BBQ BLT and serve you refreshments while B-Rad pro services your bike.

Winners will be announced on our facebook page the night before each practice and race day, and at the rider briefings each morning.


Flying with your bike

If you are flying into Nelson with your bike, we suggest you read Air New Zealand's policy and book any extra luggage well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
You can read their policy here.


The Maitai Valley Motor Camp  is in the heart of the Maitai Valley where you will be riding and only a ten minute ride to the Event Village. At only $10 a night per person for camping, this is a great place to stay. Alternative bike friendly accommodation includes the Inn Between, or check out the Nelson Tasman website.


If you are looking to fuel up during your stay in Nelson, the Fresh Choice Nelson supermarket is the closest supermarket to the Event Village and stocks a really great range of local and organic fresh products. They are big supporters of mountain biking in our region so drop in, say hi and stock up.

Bike parts and servicing

You know what it's like - you open your bike bag and have forgotten your shoes, helmet, gloves, pads, chainlube etc etc - or you've simply ridden so hard in practice you need new brake pads, tyres, grips and all that stuff. Village Cycles stocks a massive range of parts and accessories and their mechanics are first class. They are also event sponsors and Gold sponsors of NMTBC - so head in and have a chat to them about what you need.

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Here is a great event preview from PinkBike