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The Bannockburn MTB Classic

The Bannockburn MTB Classic forms part of the action-packed Subway Cromwell Summer Series. An opportunity to take in the fantastic rugged landscapes, whilst challenging yourself physically & mentally, with races to suit riders of all levels.

The Bannockburn MTB Classic
The Bannockburn MTB Classic

Time & Location

Date and time is TBD

Bannockburn, Domain Road, Bannockburn 9384, New Zealand

About the event

The Bannockburn MTB Classic forms part of the action-packed Cromwell Summer Series.

The 2024 event is yet to be finalised, with the below format based on the 2023 event. Rides vary in starting time, distance and skill levels, subject to change. 

Adventure Ride 

56km of the best Mountain Biking Central Otago has to offer.  This new ride is courtesy of local farmers who give us access for this once a year ride including a long steady climb with one steep pitch approximately 600m long, then the most enjoyable 7km downhill you will experience.  This ride is for the more experienced riders who want to try somewhere new with unsurpassed views. The Adventure Ride will start earlier than the other races. Follow this link for a map and gradient of the new ride:

Look long and hard before you enter this ride, the climbs after 25km are the “Classic” course so you can compare. The predicted winning time will be around 3 hrs+ with the slower riders taking up to 6 hrs which means you should carry food and water! There is water at the top of the course around the 15km mark which is safe to drink. 

  • Junior Male/Female U18 (have to get approval from race director first)
  • Open Male/Female 18-39
  • Veteran Male/Female 40-54
  • Masters Male/Female +55

Classic Ride 

Approximately 35 km of fantastic mountain terrain, including metal roads and undulating 4WD tracks with a climb of about 600m. Estimated ride time 1.5 – 3.0hrs. This category will suit riders looking for a more relaxed challenge whilst still wanting to enjoy the holiday atmosphere.

  • Junior Male/Female U18
  • Open Male/Female 18 -39
  • Veteran Male/Female 40 -54
  • Masters Male/Female +55

e-Bike Adventure Ride

Take it easy on this fun ride over 35 km through the Bannockburn hills, following the same course as the Classic Ride. 

Open to all ages.​

Sport Ride 

Approximately 22 km of great mountain biking including metal roads and 4WD tracks with a climb of some 350m. Estimated ride time 0.75 – 1.75 hrs.

  • Junior Male / Female U18
  • Open Male / Female 18 – 39
  • Veteran Male / Female 40 – 54
  • Masters Male / Female + 55​

Recreation Ride 

Approximately 10 km of gravel road/farm tracks. Ideal for first-timers or families with children over ten years. Estimated time 0.5 – 1.0 hours.

The Start

The race starts on the Bannockburn Domain on Bannockburn Road, across from the Black Rabbit. 

Note: The event involves riding on metal and sealed roads and tracks. Riders are to keep as far to the left side of the roads as possible and NORMAL ROAD CODE RULES APPLY! No roads have been closed for the event.

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