Manawatu-Whanganui Schools MTB Competition

April, 2021, Arapuke Bike Park
The 2021 Manawatū-Whanganui Schools MTB Competition is organised by the Manawatū Mountain Bike Club (MMBC) in partnership with Sport Manawatū and the Palmerston North City Council.

This being the inaugural event, MMBC believes that by presenting a Regional Schools MTB Competition we will be able to inspire interest in the sport and facilitate the continued growth of mountain biking at the intermediate and secondary school level.

The event will be conducted over three days, all within the Arapuke Forest Park. The disciplines on offer include: Cross Country (Individual and team), Enduro and Downhill. The trails chosen will offer an opportunity for those new to the sport, to compete with confidence and also offer enough challenge for those more experienced riders.

The focus is to offer a fun, safe and challenging event that will inspire growth in the sport and develop a solid foundation for participation at North Island and National Schools MTB championships.









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Event Schedule

Friday 16th April 2021

Registration and Practice

Saturday 17th April 2021

Cross Country and Cross Country team relay

SUNDAY 18th April 2021


Monday 19th April 2021


Entry Fees


Cross Country Individual (XCO)



Cross Country Team (XCR)



Enduro (END)



Downhill (DHI)



Arapuke MTB Park


Age as at 31 December 2021

Individual Races

Year 7 & 8, U14, U15, U16, U17, U20. Boys and Girls

Team Races

Senior (U20) and Junior (U16 – Year 7 & 8 can ride in a Junior team)

Each team is to consist of three riders.

At a minimum competators must be enrolled in Year 7.

Trophies, Awards and Spot Prizes

Top School Trophy

A Top School Trophy will be awarded to the school teams that have accumulated the highest aggregate points score across all events. Points will be awarded for the first 5 places with 5 points for 1st and 4 points for 2nd, 3 points for 3rd etc in each of the races (including Team Relay if applicable).

King and Queen of the Mountain

A trophy will be awarded to both the ‘King and Queen of the Mountain’ for the Enduro and Downhill events. This will be based on the fastest time across all categories.

Awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters by catagory for each event.

An award will be presented each day to acknowledge ‘School Spirit’. Consideration for this award will be awarded for the following:

  • Sportsmenship
  • random acts of kindness
  • heckling
  • dress and bearing
  • positive team/school culture

Health & Safety

Everyone has a responsibly towards Health and Safety at an event.

The safety of the riders, officials, volunteer and spectators are included in the event planning. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Health and Safety please report to the Event Director.

MMBC COVID 19 Event Guidelines

The MMBC COVID 19 event guidelines have been prepared in accordance with the New Zealand Government legislation around open air mass participation events including standards from the Ministry of Health.

The purpose of our structured response plan is to:

  • Prevent the spread of COVID19 during event activities
  • To ensure the reputation and integrity of the event
  • Provide guidance, so our participants know what happens to the event when the COVID19 Government response level change

Please note: The MMBC COVID 19 event guidelines are a working guideline that will change as and when required to meet the Government’s recommendations.

Entry Details

Entries will open in Febuary 2021. Individual entries will be accepted. Entrants must be enrolled in an intermediate or secondary school before they can enter.

Some events may have a limit on entries which will mean the Cycling New Zealand Schools Entry Process takes effect. This will be confirmed prior to entries closing.

Online entries will close on the 10th April 2021. There will be limited capacity to accept registrations on the day.


The Manawatū-Whanganui Schools MTB Competition is run by the team and the Manawatū Mountain Bike Club. If you have any questions, please contact our Event Director – Chris Wilson via the following: