The Motatapu mandatory gear & bike (if applicable) list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe in the alpine environment. The weather is very unpredictable in the high country, a front can blow in and out of the mountains in less than 12 hours. It has been both sweltering hot and freezing cold in this area during March so you should be well prepared with all the necessary gear for all conditions, including snow, due to the high elevation of this event.
All competitors must carry the mandatory gear at all times during race day. No mandatory gear = no start!
All mountain bike competitors must ensure their bike is up to standard as per the bike checklist.
Officials can randomly check bikes (if applicable) and gear at any point during the event, including at the start and finish line. Officials have the right to stop an athlete for not adhering to the mandatory checklists. Any infringements may result in disqualification or removal from the event.
You are not required to get your mandatory gear & bike (if applicable) checked prior to the Miners Trail, Mountain Bike and Off-Road Marathon. There will be random gear checks at the start line and during the event, and if you are missing any items you will not be allowed to continue.
There will also be random gear checks on placegetters at the finish line. If any items are missing athletes will receive a time penalty of up to 30mins. The length of the time penalty is at the discretion of the Race Director.
If you are uncertain about whether your gear meets the mandatory gear requirements then you should get advice and your gear checked at your local outdoor sports store.
From 2022 Mountain Bike entrants are not required to complete a bike check at a bike check store, however we highly recommend booking a bike service with your local bike shop pre and post event to ensure your bike is in top condition. Regular bike maintenance will increase the longevity of your bike's life, minimise breakdowns and be easier on your pocket in the long run.
The Ultra Run will have a mandatory gear check at Athlete registration. Competitors must have all mandatory gear items in order to get their race number and start the race. There will also be a mandatory gear check on course at Checkpoint A (Fernburn Hut) of one random item. Any competitors missing any items will not be allowed to continue.