Entries are now open.

Because we love a “motivated” mountain biker, all early bird entries received before 24th March not only get the best deal and the FREE socks, you go in the draw to WIN a $200 Ground Effect voucher!!! What are you waiting for, enter NOW!!






Approx 3km




Approx 15km

Motivated entry until 24th March: $39
Standard entry until 27th May: $49
Late entry 28th May to race day: $59

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Approx 30km

Motivated entry until 24th March: $59
Standard entry until 27th May: $69
Late entry 28th May to race day: $79



Approx 45km

Motivated entry until 24th March: $69
Standard entry until 27th May: $79
Late entry 28th May to race day: $89

Short course  -  parents/caregivers ride free, if riding alongside child for support, must stay together! Minimum age on short course is 8 years

Mid-Course - recommended minimum age 14 years. This is a solid ride, so please ensure any children participating are up to the challenge.

Long course - Prepare for a honest ride! Tailwind electrolyte on course at connection for both Mid and Long course to access. This is a great endurance product, check it out here: . Long course riders will also receive a sample sachet at registration, lucky!! :)

Kids fun loop - this is not a race, not timed, just have fun! You get a groovy personalised plate if entered online before 28th May and something nice at the finish! Suggested age up to 10 years, very young children require adult supervision. The famous “Lady Bike” from Kids Bike Taupo will be on site with bikes and skills equipment.

All entries after midnight 27th May will incur a $10 late entry fee. Due to printing times you will not receive a personalised plate or be able to order merchandise after this date.

No Long course entries after 8.15am on race day.

Please allow yourself time to register on race day.

Prize Money for overall fastest male/female in short, mid and long course (not E bike)

Start Times

A)      Long Course start 9.15am

B)      Mid Course start 10.00am

C)      Short Course start 10.30am

D)      Kids fun loop - TBA at conclusion of other starts

Wave starts in all categories. Please self seed, guidelines as below:-

RACE WINNERS (extra fast) - for riders expecting to finish at the pointy end or going for the podium

BIG RING RIDERS (fast) - for solid recreational riders who are fit and prepared for the event.

MIDDLE RING RIDERS (moderate) - for more casual riders who are up for the challenge.

GRANNY RING RIDERS (slow and steady) - for those who enjoy the scenery and generally take their time!

Ladies only - last wave start for the mid course (optional )


1.       Junior - 15 and under  -  short and middle course only

2.       Young guns 16 - 19

3.       Prime 20 – 29

4.       Vet 1 30 - 39

5.       Vet 2 40 - 45

6.       Vet 3 46 - 50

7.       Vintage 51 - 59

8. Legends 60 plus

9. E bikes - Mid-course only male/female (no age categories)

10.    Overall winners for all courses male/female - trophies and prize money up for grabs!

Note: Ages as at 31 December of 2019


You will be able to order online with entry or separately before the event………..

Merchandise only available online until June 1st.

Colour for hoodie/tee shirts is grey marl. Please refer to spec sheet for sizing.

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Unisex Hoodie


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Womens (4001) and Mens (5001) Tees



Colour black, with front embroidery and logo on back. Note, vest is not puffed on back!



Merino Beanie

with front embroidery




We don’t get a lot of mud in Taupo due to our free draining soil, however, one of these will make your bike look sharp!! (we think they are aerodynamic too)


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Very Cool Socks

Orange or Black

$17.50 pair


Clothing Spec Sheet for Sizing and More Info


More Info

Start and Finish are at Wairakei Resort

Parking behind BP Wairakei.  You will then need to walk/ride to the start line approx 600 metres, along the road verge and under the road through the Wairakei Golf Course Tunnel.  Carpark will have parking wardens to help on the day.

All riders must DISMOUNT to go through the Golf Course Tunnel

There will be a tent at the start line for you to leave a bag (drop zone) so you can keep warm at the start and ditch those extra layers just before your race. You will have a label with your race plate to attach to bag handles.

There will be Tailwind electrolytes/water at the Connection for the long and mid course to access. Info on this endurance product here:

Finishers Medals for 1st 2nd and 3rd placing in all categories.

Overall winners male/female will receive a Craters Classic “Very Taupo” trophy and prize money.

Any requested changes to your Registration will incur a $10 admin fee.  If you change to a longer length course, you will also need to pay the difference between course fees.




There will be no refunds, however you can transfer to next years event or find somebody else to take your entry.


Whilst absolutely every effort will be made to run the event, it is possible that all or part of the event may have to be cancelled at any stage due to extreme factors, this decision to be at the sole discretion of the organisers. If the event is cancelled, the organisers are under no obligation to provide refunds to competitors. Under no circumstances shall the organisers be held liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from acts of nature, forces or causes beyond its reasonable control including without limitation; fires, flood, storms, explosion, acts of God, war or governmental actions.