Based in Wellington’s rugged Akatarawa Ranges, 10k north of Upper Hutt City, the Merida Karapoti Classic is New Zealand’s premier mountain bike event. Combining a huge but achievable challenge with spectacular scenery and an awesome social scene, Karapoti is the event on every mountain biker’s wish list. But don’t take our word for it – enter now for New Zealand’s favourite mountain bike race. But be quick… Entries are limited to 1000 starters.
In mountain bike circles the first weekend in March means one thing… the Merida Karapoti Classic!
Established in 1986, the Merida Karapoti Classic is the longest running mountain bike event in the Southern Hemisphere. Created by Wellington’s Kennett Brothers, who between them have influenced mountain biking more than anyone else in New Zealand, Karapoti is less a race than it is an event from which has arisen a very real culture. A culture built via a combination of innovative organisation, spectacular scenery, an exciting social scene, and a unique challenge that is at the same time uncompromising, achievable and inspirational.