The Karapoti Classic
is New Zealand
's longest running annual mountain bike
event, started in 1986
by Paul Kennett. It starts at Karapoti Park
off Akatarawa Road, north of Upper Hutt
, and heads up the 8 km Karapoti Gorge
. From there it begins a single 30 km loop in native and pine
The 1986 Karapoti was New Zealand's first national mountain bike race and was self declared the National Off-Road Championships. The event was managed by the Kennett Bros until 2002.
The event differs from most races because it comprises a large single loop and the route does not change from year to year.
It is held on the first Sunday of March every year.