Port Hills Classic XC Race

The 2017 course will be slightly different to the previous two years.

Starting in the picnic area you’ll turn left on to C2 and ride UP Lower Deviation.  You’ll then head out into the main working farm area of the van Asch farm which will only have public access on race day. The next 3km is on mostly grass 4WD track climbing up a spur which pops you back out into the public access area near the top of Siberia Track. Due to the fire we are now leaving out the Siberia section so you will just head down the Low Road and Crocodile. Halfway down you will detour on to Deviation which will give you a passing opportunity.  You’ll head down into the gully on the Crocodile before heading up Al’s Alternative and rejoining the Crocodile and heading down C2 until you detour out to the picnic area from the stormwater ponds to the start/finish area, ready to head around again.

Please do not attempt to ride the main farm section or up Lower Deviation before race day.

We expect a lap to take about 25 to 45 minutes.

map (Medium)

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A Grade – 3 Laps
B Grade – 2 Laps
C Grade – 1 Lap

You are welcome to enter whatever category you feel is appropriate for you, but to give you an idea, an A Grade male rider would be able to get up Rapaki in under 16 minutes, a B Grade male rider is likely to take 16 – 25 minutes to get up Rapaki and a C Grade male rider would take more than 25 minutes to get up Rapaki Track.


8:30 am – Collect race numbers/late registration (closes 9:15 am)
9:30 am – Race briefing
9:35 am – Port Hills Classic start

Short prizegiving to follow

Enter here

Other Information

First Aid Services onsite will be provided by St John
Start/finish area will be in Findlay’s Picnic area, Halswell Quarry, entry off Kennedy’s Bush Rd
Thanks to Dan van Asch for making his land available for mountain biking, and for Tom and Stella, the farmers, for allowing us access to normally off-limits areas.