The 2023 SKODA National School MTB Championships will be held in Blenheim, hosted by Marlborough MTB Club from 4 - 7 October. The event will include Enduro, Downhill and Cross Country events.
4 October: Cross Country & Cross Country Relay
5 October: Downhill Day 1 (U13, U14, U15 grades - exact grade split is TBC until entries close)
6 October: Downhill Day 2 (U16, U17, U20 grades - exact grade split is TBC until entries close)
7 October: Enduro
Click here for the provisional Event Manual - TBC. *Please note that this is subject to change.
Provisional Start Lists:
Age as at 31 December 2023.
U20, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13 boys and girls
At a minimum competitors must be enrolled in Year 7.
Top School Trophies
The Top School Trophy will be awarded to the respective Year 9 - 13 schools teams that have the highest aggregate points score across all championship events. Points will be awarded for the first 10 places with 10 points for 1st and 9 points for 2nd, 8 points for 3rd etc in each of the races (including Team Relay if applicable).
The Top Junior School Trophy will be awarded to the respective Year 7/8 schools teams that have the highest aggregate points score across all championship events. Points will be awarded for the first 10 places with 10 points for 1st and 9 points for 2nd, 8 points for 3rd etc in each of the races (including Team Relay if applicable).
This event will follow Cycling New Zealand Schools Rules, and the MTBNZ Technical Regulations.
DH Protective Clothing Requirement Update - Long Sleeve Shirts Now Mandatory
On 1 January 2023 an update to UCI Regulation 4.3.011 came into effect that changed the protective clothing requirements for downhill events. The updated regulation now mandates the wearing of long sleeved shirts and introduces requirements for leg covering/protection.
The impact of the change to the CNZ/MTBNZ MTB Regulations is that long sleeved shirts are now mandatory for all riders (previously senior riders could wear short sleeve shirts with elbow protection). The leg protection rules are essentially the same as the existing NZ requirements.
The updated CNZ/MTBNZ Protective Clothing Requirements are available here.
The new requirements will apply at all MTBNZ, CNZ (MTB Nationals) and UCI calendar events in New Zealand, starting with round 1 of the MTBNZ DH series in Cardrona on 15 January.
Health and Safety
Everyone has a responsibly towards Health and Safety at an event.
The safety of the riders, officials, volunteer and spectators are included in the event planning. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Health and Safety please report to the Chief Commissaire or to the Event Manager.