Banks Peninsula Adventure Race


Sunday 29th of November 2020

Welcome to the homepage for the Banks Peninsula Adventure Race, an exciting event run as a fundraiser for junior orienteering in Canterbury. Back for its second running in 2020!

Adventure Racing is an exciting & challenging team sport. It involves travelling on foot and by mountain bike to collect checkpoints marked on a map. The course will take teams on an exciting, cross country adventure through native bush, streams, farmland and trails.  The course will be kept secret until the day before the race and you will receive your maps with your race packs so you can plan your strategy and route choice.

The times listed below are the expected winning times for each course, teams may spend much longer out on the course. You should be prepared to spend at least 3hrs longer on the course than the expected winning time.

3hr Race 
The 3hr event is designed for families and beginners to adventure racing. If you’re keen to try an adventure race but unsure if you could do it then this is the race for you. The navigation in this event will be easier than in the longer events.

To complete the 3hr event you will need to be able to jog/walk approx. 5km off road, and mountain bike approx. 15km on forestry roads, farmland or singletrack.

6hr Race
The 6 hour event is designed to be an achievable event for all competitors with a reasonable level of fitness and some navigational competency.

To complete the 6 hour event you will need to be able to jog/walk approx. 10km off road, and mountain bike approx. 25km on hilly 4wd trails and singletrack.

9hr Race
The 9 hour event is designed to be an exciting challenge for more experienced adventure racers. The navigation in the 9hr race will be challenging and will require a competent navigator in your team. There will also be technically challenging sections of mountain biking that may require riders to get off and walk.

To complete the 9 hour event you will need to be able to jog/walk approx. 20km off road, and mountain bike approx. 40km on hilly 4wd trails and singletrack.