HISTORY

NZ's Original Mtn Bike Race !

As NZ's longest running mtn bike event, we're a tad caught up in the Karapoti culture. Check out articles, results, reports, rider stories, photos and more below...

The Karapoti Story 
Akatarawa History
History of Mountain Biking 

NZ's Original Mountain Biker
Race Photos
Video

Results History

Karapoti is one of few events with a complete history of results for every year. Check out the links below for results right back to the first in 1986. Recent years even have a downloadable certificate next to your result...

1986 1987 / 1988 1989 / 1990 / 1991 1992 / 1993 / 1994 / 1995 / 1996 / 1997 1998 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 2004 2005 / 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 / 2012 / 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 /  2018 2019 2020 2021

Race Records

At Karapoti we like to give credit across all age and gender, so we have race records from pro-elite right out to 70+, single speed, retro, tandems, uni-cycles, youngest and eldest finishers and winners, and even the most punctures. 

In 2014 great conditions saw world junior champion, Anton Cooper, set a mens record that has since withstood even his own attempts. In 2019 Wellington's own Samara Sheppard totally rewrote the woman's record book, riding 7min faster than any other woman. But at Karapoti we recognise records across every race, category and age you can think of... Click Here.

All-Time Lists

All-Time Podium Placegetters
As the Southern Hemisphere's longest running mountain bike event, Karapoti's podium reads like a who's-who of mtb history. For the top three men & women in every Karapoti... Click Here.

All-Time Fastest 100 Rides
Check out the fastest 100 rides of all-time... Men Here / Women Here.

Sub 3-Hour Club

Any Karapoti finisher earns bragging rights among mountain bikers. But at Karapoti itself, the bragging benchmark is the 3hr barrier. More than 15,000 riders have completed the Classic, but as of 2021 only 753 riders have broken 3hrs. Simon Kennett was the first, Kathy Lynch was the first female and the 22nd was 2021 winner Michelle Forster from Namibia. The fastest years were 2007 & 2008 with more than 100 sub-3's and more than 40 new members. 2021 saw 40 sub-3's and 20 new members. The captaincy of the club is held jointly by Jason McCarty and Trevor Woodward, who now have 24 each. As of 2021, 3hrs had been broken 1636 times. For a full list of every Sub-3 in Karapoti history... Excel File Here / PDF File Here.

Karapoti Life Membership

As the longest running mountain bike event in the Southern Hemisphere, if someone has played a major part in Karapoti then chances are they have had a major part in NZ mountain bike history. We thought this fact should be recognised so in 2007 we introduced Karapoti Life Membership. We welcome nominations for future life membership. For a full run-down on Karapoti Life Members to date... Click Here.

REVIEWS, RACE REPORTS & RANTS

Race Director's Rant


1988 - Paul's First 50k


2003 - Year Of The Truck


2004 - The Summer That Wasn't


2005 - 20 Years Young


2006 - 21 & Counting


2007 - Records All Round


2008 - Even The Weather Agreed


2009 - One To Remember


2010 - Karapoti Turns 25


2011 - The Toughest & Easiest Ever


2012 - Karapoti Is Never Cancelled


2013 - A Day In The Sun


2014 - The Fastest Ever


2015 - Three Decades & Counting


2016 - Times They Are A Changing


2017 - The Race Got Away (Jack puncture, Aussie & Kathy ynch, Tim Vincent, Kennetts, Chris Henry)


2018 - Best Laid Plans


2019 - Karapoti Kids (Samara record, Anton, Eden, Ben, other girls)


2020 - The 35th Karapoti


2021 - Lemons or Lemonade ?