The Macpac Motatapu are incredibly excited and grateful to announce a brand new backcountry mountain bike race for the 2022 event, all thanks to the hard work and vision of Soho Property Ltd, QEII National Trust and the Queenstown Trails Trust. A team of talented individuals from these organizations have worked hard over the past three years to create Queenstown’s newest backcountry trail, the Coronet Loop. We are very proud to say that our new race, the
56km Coronet Mountain Bike Loop will mark the official opening of the track, with 200 cross-country runners vying for the inaugural victory.
The superb technical 56km backcountry circuit gives cyclists the most spectacular access to Greengates Saddle, Deep and Coronet creeks at the back of Coronet Peak, which were not previously open to the public.
“We would like to thank the team at Soho Property Ltd, the QEII National Trust and the Queenstown Trails Trust for giving us this incredible opportunity to run a race at this very special track,” commented Gemma Peskett, co-owner of Macpac Motatapu. “The Coronet loop is the perfect stop for our riders who have done the Macpac Motatapu Valley mountain bike and want to take it to the next level. There are challenging climbs and fast descents, accompanied by more technical terrain and challenging trail length, which will appeal to an intermediate to advanced rider. Plus, the most epic views along the way. We’ve worked closely with the team, to ensure we create a race that not only celebrates the opening of the track, but will be a fantastic regular addition to the Macpac Motatapu lineup of events.
Current Macpac Motatapu competitors will have the opportunity to clinch the top 100 spots on the new Coronet Loop race, when registration opens on Thursday, January 20 at 9 a.m. This will be on a first come, first served basis through the Macpac Motatapu online form here. After that, registration will open to the public on Monday, January 24 at 9:00 a.m. via the Macpac Motatapu website entry system.
“We think there will be an appetite for this race among our current competitors and the New Zealand mountain bike community,” commented Macpac Motatapu co-owner Craig Gallagher. “With 3 of our 5 events already sold out and only a few spots remaining on the UDC 47km MTB, we are in a great position to add it to our roster and provide our attendees with another epic sporting experience on March 5, 2022. We are also thrilled to announce that top cross country racers Craig Oliver and Sam Shaw have already confirmed their attendance!
“We are delighted that the first event at our new track is taking place with our long-time partners at the Macpac Motatapu race,” says Joanna Booker, Soho Property Ltd. “We think the new track will be a fantastic addition to the race day events, and to the ‘Arrowtown experience’ for audiences in the future.”
“This event will quickly become one of the ‘must see’ races on the New Zealand calendar,” said Mark Williams, CEO of Queenstown Trails Trust. “The impressive terrain the trail traverses will be a highlight of any athlete’s career, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate the official opening of the trail in conjunction with our event partners, Macpac Motatapu.”
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The Macpac Motatapu is one of the biggest off-road events on the New Zealand sporting calendar. With nearly 4,000 participants in 2020, the Motatapu continues to attract runners, riders and walkers from across New Zealand.
The iconic Macpac Motatapu off-road sporting event takes place every March in Queenstown and Wānaka, passing through Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe resorts. Known for its challenging but achievable course, the race winds through stunning high mountain terrain only accessible to the public one day a year for the Motatapu event.
The inaugural race was held in 2005, offering a mountain bike or marathon option attracting 1,000 participants which has since grown to around 4,000 a year.
Macpac Motatapu 2022 features six events on March 5, with challenges for the whole family. The Ultra Run, Off-Road Marathon, Miners Trail is sold out but waiting lists are operational.
52.5km Ultra Run
42 km off-road marathon (run or walk options)
47km UDC Mountain Bike (individual, team and e-bike options)
15 km miners trail (running and walking options)
4km Jennian Homes Junior Trail Run
56km Coronet Mountain Bike Loop
The gigantic event has gained iconic status in Australasia and is known as the must-attend off-road event for elite athletes and weekend warriors.
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