14th June 2020

Craters Classic - will be Back – bigger & better that ever

Mark it in your Diary – Wairakei Resort's Craters Classic will return again on 14th June 2020. This is winter XC Racing at it's absolute best!

Taupo's 'White Gold' pumice soil means that even in the depths of winter our fast draining pumice tracks remain hard, fast and a joy to ride!

NEW FOR 2020

We are offering Craters Classic participants the opportunity to head over to Aussie for an awesome mountain biking experience! We have put it all together so you just jump off the plane and don’t organise anything, just ride, relax and repeat!

Check out all the info at the top of this page :)

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Here's the video from 2019:

old school XC racing at it's best.


Taupo is the home of old school XC single track mountain biking

This is the 13 consecutive year for the Craters Classic and last year the start and finish is situated to make use of our main sponsor's park like grounds at Wairakei Resort. 
This means GREAT food, AWESOME accommodation and the start line and finish line on-site!

Wairakei Resort offers riders and supporters special rates to stay – just roll out of bed onto your bike and onto the start line! 
Afterwards enjoy a well-earned dip in the heated outdoor pool and a beverage, before the festivities start at prizegiving.

The courses are designed to showcase some of the 80km of single track network available in Craters MTB Park.  This is also a great “Pre-Ride” if you are looking at taking part in The Huka Challenge – an iconic 'Must Do Ride' held annually in Taupo the last weekend of November. 

The event is run by Bike Taupo and that means all profits are returned to track building and maintenance.  Nice one Bike Taupo!


single track - mud free - winter riding.


2018 was a fantastic event, you don't want to miss 2019!  some of our reviews as below:

"Such a fun and well organised event"

"Great event! Marshal are really helpful I wouldn’t finish it without them because I broke my chain twice haha! Definitely come back and race again!!"

"Great event - well done to all those involved. Special thanks to the lady at the top of the grinder that passed on a water bottle to my wife"

"Had a really cool day great event👍👍well be back"

"We attended last weekend as our son was racing in the Craters Classic - despite the volume of participants the whole of the race day was just like being at a friends for an after BBQ.  This is our second stay at Wairakei (Resort) and have to say will definitely be back, and definitely stay in the villa again.  Thanks to the great staff who had a few challenges thrown their way with the power outage etc"