During long winters in the Northern Hemisphere, cabin fever sets in. What better way to escape winter dreariness than the splendid beauty of New Zealand? Rotorua and Queenstown clear out the cobwebs and get you your mountain-bike fix mid-winter. Getting there is a long trip, so plan ahead to make the most of your across-the-world travels. Part of that plan should be the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro.
The Santa Cruz NZ Enduro, not to be confused with the Trans NZ Enduro, is a three-day multi-stage enduro race taking place from March 9 to 11, 2018. Going into its fourth year, the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro takes riders through Marlborough in the northeast corner of the South Island. Marlborough has some darn good riding and uh, not bad sauvignon blanc wine too they say. With a sampling of fast and flowy singletrack along with steep and technical lines, the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro is about having a good time. It’s still a race though, so professional timing is in place.
To set the tone, day one starts, and ends, at the beach in White’s Bay. Day two will take you point-to-point across three bays and through some of the famous Marlborough Sounds. To cap off the three-day-race is a heli-drop to the Wakamarina track, a famous backcountry trail through the New Zealand bush.
There are 140 spots for the enduro and entries will be open for 36 hours starting November 16th at 12 pm Pacific Daylight Time (November 17th at 9 am NZDT). If you have a group of friends looking to go, group entries are allowed. The race costs $375 including shuttles, the helicopter ride, food, beer, BBQ and a swag bag. Accommodations are up to you, but there are plenty of camping or hotel options in the area. Find a full run down here.