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Whanganui Schools Mountain Bike Champs

August 27 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Event Information

The event will be held at Pauri Lake, Kaitoke. Directions & map to venue attached.

Courses will vary for each grade (primary, intermediate, junior and senior).

Detailed maps for primary, intermediate & secondary are attached.

Individual races:

Primary – Year 6

IntermediateYear 7 & 8

JuniorYear 9 & 10

Senior GirlsYear 11, 12 & 13

Senior BoysYear 11, 12 & 13

Tag team lapYear 9 -13 – 1 small lap (you can only enter this if you have not entered another race and want to give it a go).

Tag team lap 2 members per team.  Register into junior Yr 9 and 10 Senior 11 – 13. If a junior and senior in a team they must register for the senior grade.

Males or females and mixed all race together.  Your time will be after both riders have completed.  Second rider has the team number on their bike.

First rider completes 1 small lap, dismounts bike in bike zone and runs to tag partner to let them go for their ride of 1 small lap.


All students will be briefed before their race.


Parking: This year we are basing ourselves outside the entrance of Lakeland holiday park.  You need to enter from Kaitoke Road (heading towards Lake Wiritoa).

Directions: Follow Kaitoki Road all the way to the end where you will see signage for Lakeland Holiday park.  We are starting the races this year from this side, through a paddock and into the Mountain bike park.  Once you have parked and unloaded bikes, walk straight to the Registration area to sign in and get details for the day.

Volunteers/marshals: Volunteer briefing is at 9.15am underneath Sport Whanganui marquee.

Clothing – We advise that students come dressed in the clothes that they wish to race in plus wear warm clothing on top.  There are changing rooms at the Lake Wiritoa toilets but they are small. Please bring plenty of warm clothing and a jacket for wet weather.

Toilets  A portaloo will be available.

Helmets & Safety – Helmets are compulsory. Schools are responsible for the safety of student bikes ensuring they are safe to ride eg. Breaks/handle bars/helmet.

Shoes – Covered shoes are compulsory. You will not be able to race without covered shoes. This will be checked at start line.

First aid – Each school is responsible for their own students so please can each school bring their own first aid kits/ice packs/medicals supplies/requirements etc for their own students. Sport Whanganui will have a designated first aid tent and trained first aid staff member onsite to look after injuries in the first instance and will then hand them over to the teacher in charge. There will be a specific Sport Whanganui vehicle tagged as the emergency vehicle and this will be parked next to the entrance way.

Numbers in each race – If numbers exceed 30 in any grade, we will need to split the group into 2 or 3 waves. The second and third wave of kids will be issued a coloured race band to put on before race starts – this is so we can time all waves and can record correctly at finish line.

Marshals on the course, Tail end Charlie – There will be a designated  tail end charlie following around the course after each race to ensure no injuries/make sure everyone is back. They will have a radio/cellphone to report back if need to. There will also be marshals around the course at crucial points to ensure kids do not cheat and also to report back to the headquarters if there are any injuries.

Bike numbers – Each competitor will be given a bike number that easily attaches to their bike. These will be ready for you to pick up on the day with a sheet that will allocate each entry from your school to a numbered sign for bike. Please ensure competitors take this number off their bike at the finish line and put in the bin provided.

Hire a Bike – If students need to hire a bike, please book through the YMCA 06-349 0197.

Food – All students must bring their own food and water. There will be some water available at the finish line.

Athletes should report to the start 10 minutes prior to the start time.

Entry fee: $3 per student.

Schools will be invoiced after the event, and schools will be invoiced for all students that were registered for the event if they attended or not.



Entries due – On or before 4.00pm Thursday 19th August electronically on the excel form provided. 

Entries to Harry at Sport Whanganui – harry@sportwhanganui.co.nz

Phone: 0275307504


* Each school to please sign in at Sport Whanganui marquee as soon as you arrive.

9.30am        Course open for riding

9.50am           Race Briefing for Year 6 – 8 grades

10.00am       Year 6  Boys Race

10.02am       Year 6  Girls Race

10.30 am        Year 7  Boys Race

10.32am       Year 7  Girls Race.

11.00 am       Year 8 Boys Race.

11.02 am       Year 8 Girls Race.

11.45am        Prizegiving – Years 6-8

12.00pm         Race Briefing for Year 9 – 13 grades

12.15pm          Year 9/10 Race – Boys Race

12.17pm          Year 9/10 Race – Girls Race

1.00 pm        Year 11, 12 & 13 Race – Boys Race

1.02 pm        Year 11, 12 & 13 Race – Girls Race


Age Grades:

Primary: Year 6 – Girls will start 2 mins after boys.

Intermediate: Year 7 & 8 – Girls will start 2 mins after boys.

Junior: Year 9 & 10 – Girls will start 2 mins after boys.

Senior: Year 11, 12 & 13 – Girls will start 2 mins after boys.

Team tag lap: Year 9-13 – Only if you have not entered any other race and want to give mountain biking a go.


August 27
9:30 am - 2:00 pm


Pauri Lake