2013 NZ Mountain Bike Cup

Cross Country

Round 1 Blu
ff Hill 4th, 5th & 6th January 2013

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Bluff and Invercargill
Bluff is 29km from central Invercargill and a 25 minute drive south along State Highway 1. The mountain bike trails are located off Flagstaff Road which travels up to the popular lookout located on top of the hill. Flagstaff Road is well signposted from Bluff's main street (Gore Street) with the cross country trail entrance located on Pearce Street and the finish of the downhill course is located just across the road. Access to the top of the Downhill course is via Flagstaff Road (tar sealed) and is situated on Department of Conservation land just below the lookout.

Invercargill is served by a regional airport and is a 2 hour drive from Dunedin airport and 1 hour 45minutes from Queenstown. The Southland Mountain Bike Club has negotiated special accommodation deals with the Invercargill Licensing Trust which runs a number of hotels and motels in the city. Just mention that you are attending the NZ MTB Cup event for any of the venues listed in the attached brochure

The downhill course on the east side of Flagstaff Road has been a popular for a number of years and was re-built by the club in 2011 and was upgraded in October 2012 in preparation for the NZ Cup. It features a rock drop in at the top of Bluff Hill (Motopohue) and travels down through regenerating native bush and open sections, dropping approximately 218m over the 1.37km length. A car park/staging area is located at the base of the hill and Flagstaff Road offers excellent shuttling with an approximately 5 minute drive on the tar sealed road to the top of the hill and course drop-in. The full course record is set at 2 minutes 31 seconds however with the upgraded track times are expected to be a few seconds more.

Cross Country
The Bluff cross country trails were constructed late in 2009 by Queenstown based trail builders Graham Morgan and Nathan Greenwood with club members also contributing many hours of labour. The 6.76km cross country course starts off at the Pearce Street car park with a sharp climb on the wide, gravelled dual purpose trail before hitting the singletrack which takes in sections of rejuvenating native bush, wilding pines and fast open sections. The upper sections of the trails feature numerous rocky sections which can cause problems with lightweight cross country tyres. Overall the cross country loop features 282m of vertical ascent at an average grade of 7.3% and an average 8.3% slope on the descent.
Anton Cooper holds the course record at 20 minutes 42 seconds.

Event Entry, Rules and Further Details
Go to the BikeNZ or Mountain Bike NZ websites for event details and registration.

Event Timetable:

All DH Cup events:

Practice Day Friday 4th January:

Registration: 9:00 to 3:00pm

Slow runs 9:00 to 12.30pm

Race pace runs 1:30 to 5:00pm

Race Day (no on the day entry) Saturday January 5th:

Practice 8:30 to 10:00am

Elite Practice: 10:00 to 10:15am

Briefing 10:30am

Timed Seeding Run 11:00 start

Race Run 1:00 start


Prize giving (all categories) 4:00pm approx.

All XC Cup events:

Race Day Sunday 6th January


U15, U17, Senior and all Masters

Registration 9:00am to 10:00am

Briefing 10:15am

Race Start 10:30am

Prize giving: U15, U17, Senior and all Masters 1:00pm approx.


U19 and Elite/U23

Registration 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Briefing 1:45pm

Race Start 2:00pm

Prize giving U19/Elite/U23 4:45pm approx.

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