Great Barrier MTB Marathon

80k/40k/25k Mountain Bike race
Medland beach,
Great Barrier Island (Aotea) New Zealand
Start: 9.00am (Island Time:)

Imagine this…Mountain biking on the enchanted and remote Island of Great barrier.

{pictureRef(“GBI MTB 115sm”, “Medlands beach”, border:”1″, align: “right”, vspace:”5″, hspace:”5″)}Welcome to the Great Barrier MTB Marathon. This is a fun and challenging event open to anyone with a mountain bike. But you better do some training! Beginners, novices, veterans and elite riders are all invited to come out and enjoy a great weekend of riding/racing and exploring.

Race around a beautiful remote Island! The Great Barrier Island is in the Hauraki gulf 90k north east of central Auckland. This rugged unspolit island is a paradise in the ocean with large areas of native bush and amazing coastlines and beaches.

The Great Barrier Island MTB Marathon starts at the beautiful Medland beach campground on the east coast of the island.

Course details:
All courses have a combination of Dirt roads, Sealed roads, Forest trails, 4WD trail and Single track. This course will put a big smile on your face.

The 80k is epic in its climbing/descending and variation of terrain and covers nearly all of the island. The 40k and 25k are also challenging and follow the first part of the 80k course.

Trail surface is fast (when its dry). Slippery in places when wet.

Start times:
9.00am (80k and 40k)
10.30am (25k)

80k/40k/25k Categories:
Open to riders 14yrs and above.
Please note: 14 – 17yrs may only enter the 40k and 25k event.
18yrs+ can enter the 80k/40k/25k.
Solo Man/Women
14yr – 17yrs
18yr – 29yrs
30 – 39yrs
40 – 49yrs
50 – 59yrs
2 person Teams (NEW CATEGORY!)

2 Person Team rules:
This is a new category in this event (the idea stolen from Transalps team events without the time penalties). The idea is you ride the event with a mate (hopefully close to your fitness level).
Mebbin MTB marathon 2 person team members must finish within 2 minutes of each other or will not be eligible for team prizes.
Team entry fees are also $10 less per person than solos.

“GBI MTB” “GBI MTB 086sm”
“GBI MTB 100sm” “GBI MTB 101sm”

Links to Course Maps and elevation details:

Click here for the Great Barrier MTB Marathon 80k [Bikely/google] course map
Click here for the Great Barrier MTB Marathon 40k [Bikely/google] course map
Click here for the Great Barrier MTB Marathon 25k [Bikely/google] course map

Please note these courses distances are close approximates and are subject to change due to weather conditions on race day (we hope not) 🙂

Updated Travel options:
We recommend you take the SeaLink Ferry. Its a beautiful trip.
SeaLink are sponsoring this event with a 30% discount off all their return fares.

Please note: We recommend all Riders/supporters take out Trip Cancellation (Travel and accommodation) Insurance just in case of event postponement or your personal plans change.

>>>>Click here for ALL INFO ON Great Barrier ACCOMMODATION CAMPING AND TRAVEL TO THE ISLAND Event Programme:
Friday 10th December
Take the ferry from Auckland on Friday afternoon. Or fly across.

Saturday 11th December [RACE DAY]
Registration Opens at 6.30am/closes at 8.30am Medland beach campground.

Saturday afternoon/night Party:
You join with all other riders and supporters for the after ride meal, socializing and party!
Prize Giving at 4pm

Sunday 12th December
Sunday morning:
Lazying, surfing, swimming and exploring the amazing Medland Beach or bush hiking (if you want to stretch your legs!) or soaking in the natural hot springs.

Ride back to meet the ferry in Tryphena at 3pm and travel across the deep blue sea for 5hrs to Auckland refreshed, tired but rejuvenated and forever changed.

Island National Forest Care:
This is a special island and National Forest park with precious wild life/flora and fauna. The organisers of the Great Barrier marathon will not allow littering by riders or spectators.  Please carry all your food/gel wrappers with you.  If you see somebody litter please take their number. We will disqualify them No questions asked. No pets allowed.

If your friends/supporters are available for corner marshals on the day contact us. anthony [at]

$5000+ in prizes and giveaways including $1600 in cash.
Plus Cash for Top 3 finishers in the 80k and 40k events!
80k Men and Women
1st: $250
2nd: $150
3rd: $100

40k Men and Women
1st: $150
2nd: $100
3rd: $50

Note: Cash prizes are subject to change based on minimum entry of 80 riders in each event.

Entry fees:
80km Marathon: $110 (includes Maxxis Tube and after race lunch/drink and goodies)
40km Marathon: $85 (includes Maxxis Tube and after race lunch/drink and goodies)
25km Marathon: $65 (includes Maxxis Tube and after race lunch/drink and goodies)

2 Person Team 80k Marathon:$190 ($95 each)(includes Maxxis Tube and after race lunch/drink and goodies)
2 Person Team 40k Marathon:$150 ($75 each)(includes Maxxis Tube and after race lunch/drink and goodies)
2 Person Team 25k Marathon:$110 ($55 each)(includes Maxxis Tube and after race lunch/drink and goodies)

Please note: Entry fees include, DOC access fees, Auckland City activity fees, private land access donations and full Paramedic ambulance team coverage and support of this event.

(Note: All riders are responsible for their own Insurance and medical )