MTB Course

MTB Course

Express 25

A great 25km ride for novice riders or those looking for a fun but achieveable challenge. The event starts in the Karioi Forest and includes the scenic Rangataua native forest and like all the MTB distances finishes in Ohakune.

Express 60

This is the most popular option. The 60km event starts at the Tukino Ski Field road (just off SH! / Desert Road), then traverses through tussock lined army trails then into the singel track and back roads of Karioi Forest before joining the Express 25 to ride through the Rangataua native forest, farmland, a blast of tar sealed road before finishing in Ohakune.

Express 80

Looking to extend yourself and discover more epic riding terrain?  Done the 60km maybe and want to step up to the top challenge?  Then have a crack at the Express 80.  The 80km will start at the Tukino Road at 8:30am and include all of the great cross country terrain offered by the MTB 60 plus 20km of extra fun (with no major climbs)…   The extra 20km distance will come from a range of terrain including DOC land, army land, Karioi forest or Rangataua forest.  We will include an extra Aid Station to keep you energised and cranking.We are just finalising the course and so sorry we can’t provide a map as yet.   Oh and there won’t be any more uphills!    80km won’t come easy so make sure you train well over summer!  Trust us the Express 80km will be Epic!  Stay tuned to Facebook and the website for 80km updates.

Express 60 Combo

Keen to do the Express 60km, but keen to share the distance and experience with a friend?  Then the Express combo could be just the ticket.  Rider one starts up at the Tukino road with all of the 60km riders and then rides 35km through army land and the Karioi forest to the 25km MTB start.  Rider two now takes over and completes 25km through Karioi forest, Rangataua forest, farmland and a short road section to complete the event at Ohakune.

The grade of the Mountain Bike leg is grade 1-2 with small sections of grade 3. Refer to the MTB trail grading system on this page.

The Mountain bike event is definitely classed as Cross Country, not Enduro.  So the best bikes would probably be 'XC' or maybe 'All mountain'.  100mm-120mm suspension front and rear would be the most suitable.  Speedsters might choose hard tails.

Some people have questioned the course profile of the MTB60km course.  “Is it really all downhill for the first 35km?”  The answer is absolutely YES (except for the odd 2 minute climb followed by a fun one minute descent).

Course Map

Note that the Express 80km MTB 

course will be added soon...


The event offers transportation for both rider and bike, for more information on this please see the Event Info page.