The Rail Trail Duathlon and Mountain Bike Races!

It’s time to get your entries in for the Rail Trail Duathlon and Mountain Bike Races held annually on the iconic Otago Central Rail Trail, NZ’s original great ride.    This coming February, 24th and 25th the legendary event will be in its 18th year and is offering some new events to ensure there’s something for everyone.

All entries registered by 15 December 2016 will go into the draw to win cycling gear, meal vouchers, and accommodation for two valued at $1000.00. Find out more (link to prize information)

You can go solo, or choose to share the load by teaming up with friends, family or colleagues to complete any of the events.  Either way, it’s fun with as much challenge as you want!  The trail is wide, all off road, and it’s gentle gradient makes participating perfect for school or sporting groups, corporate teams or newbies to the multi-sport scene. 


Following a former railway line, the course traverses stunning Central Otago Landscapes, over bridges, through tunnels, across wide open spaces of the Ida Valley and the Maniototo Plains.  The historic villages’ enroute offer a range of great refreshments and accommodation for refuelling for participants and crew!


Event Options:


Rail Trail Single-day Duathlon

First time, or time short? Then the single day event is perfect for you. Compete in either day one or day two of the full Rail Trail duathlon course. Find out more….

  • Day 1, Saturday 24 February 2016 Single Day Duathlon (total distance is 18km Run, 74km Cycle over four stages) and

  • Day 2, Sunday 25th February 2016 Single Day Duathlon (total distance is: 17km Run, 42km Cycle over four stages)


Rail Trail Multi-day Duathlon


The original race on NZ’s original great ride - Perfect for teams or individuals. Day 1 starts in Clyde and finishes in Ranfurly, and Day 2 commences in Ranfurly and concludes in Middlemarch. Find out more….

  • Day 1 For Multi Day(total distance is 18km Run, 74km Cycle) over four stages

  • Day 2 For Multi Day (total distance is: 17km Run, 42km Cycle)



CLICK HERE to take you to the entry information


Rail Trail Single and Multi Day Mountain Bike Races (91km or 59km)

New for 2017 the Rail Trail Mountain bike race offer the chance to race NZ’s Original Great Ride – traverse the full length of the trail (150km) or opt for a single day race of either 92km or 59km Find out more….

  • Race 1, Saturday 24 February 2016 Mountain Bike Stages (total distance is 92km Mountain Bike).  For teams, each member must complete Clyde to Lauder (44km) or Lauder to Ranfurly (48km)


  • Race 2, Sunday 25th February 2016 Single Day Duathlon (total distance is: 59 Mountain Bike).  For teams, each member must complete one of the following stages Ranfurly to Hyde (33km) or Hyde to Middlemarch (26km).


For each event you can enter in the following categories:

  • Female - Open, Veteran aged 40 plus

  • Secondary Schools for single and multiday-duathlon Boys, Girls, or Mixed (2 boys, 2 girls).For the Mountain Bike Races there is a maximum of 2 boys or 2 girls for each day



Register before 15 December 2016 and be into win:

If you enter and pay before the 15 Dec 2016 online you will go into the draw to win an awesome prize pack worth $1000.00*  Including:

  • Cycling gear: 

    • 2 Central Otago cycle shirts from Tourism Central Otago,

    • 2 pairs of Trail Journeys cycle shorts

      • Accommodation for two: Tiger Hill Lodge on Friday, 24th February, and Wedderburn Cottages on Saturday 25th February.

      • Train Vouchers for on the Taieri Gorge Railways

      • Transport along the trail by Trail Journeys. (Subject to availability)

      • Café vouchers from Maniototo Café in Ranfurly

      • Meal vouchers from Pitches Store, maximum value $100.00 and Maniototo Cafe Maximum Value $40.00

*Conditions apply


Spot Prizes

There are some fantastic spot prizes for participants including:

  • A Mountain Bike sponsored by McLaren Farm Machinery

  • A mystery weekend for two in New Zealand to the valued at $2,000 including $500 in travel voucher sponsored by Hannagan & Greive Travel Associates


Entry Fees

Don’t forget to get your entry in by 15 Dec 2017 to win------