Whaka 100 MTB Marathon Named Mountain Bike New Zealand’s 'Event of the Year' for 2022-23
We are thrilled to announce that the Whaka 100 MTB Marathon has been honoured with the title of 'Event of the Year' by Mountain Biking New Zealand (MTBNZ) for the 2022-23 season. This recognition is a testament to the exceptional level of dedication and excellence demonstrated by the Nduro Events team and all those involved in making the Whaka 100 a standout event in the New Zealand mountain biking community.
We’ve always said that the Whaka 100 has such a passionate community that it feels like we’re its guardians rather than owners. This shared passion for community is how we got talking to Holland Beckett Law, our newest partner for this October’s event.
Official National Marathon Championship added to mountain bike calendar
The rising popularity of long-distance mountain bike events around the globe, has led to Cycling New Zealand today confirming that the Marathon National Championship will be added to the calendar this year.
The Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships will be staged as part of the marquee 100km race at the Isuzu Whaka 100 in Rotorua on 23 October. Altogether over 3000 riders expected to take part across the various events over the weekend.
The Whaka 100 has been cancelled.
The Rotorua Lakes Council, on behalf of the Forest Recreation Committee, who had provided us their approval on the morning of Monday 24 January, retracted this approval at 2.27pm today.
We are painfully aware of the impact on you, your travel, accommodation, and all the work you’ve put in ahead of the event. We know many of you are here already. We are devastated, and it leaves Whaka 100’s future uncertain.
Your event was poised to go ahead, well within the red guidelines which have been set out by the Government to allow events to run in the COVID-19 conditions we are currently in. Our protocols met and exceeded what was mandated.
We’ve been monitoring the risks daily, and still perceive it to be low for our community, participants and staff.
Ultimately, we acknowledge and respect the decision of mana whenua and forest owners. Being able to access the forest is a privilege that we greatly appreciate.
We’re in the process of working out what we can do for participants, considering we received notice on the first day of rider registration.
We kindly ask for your patience. We know you will have questions. We will be in touch with you as soon as we have more information.
Tim & Belinda
& the Whaka 100 team
The organisers for the mountain bike marathon, the Emerson’s Whaka 100, presented by Isuzu Utes NZ, today confirmed that the Labour Weekend event will be postponed to 29-30 January 2022.
After the Government announcement on 4 October reviewing the New Zealand COVID-19 position, Nduro Events made the call to move the event to it’s backup date as it is unable to take place at anything other than Alert Level 1.
An event as tough as this one needs an equally tough partner. The Whaka 100 is stoked to welcome Isuzu Utes New Zealand to the MTB endurance event’s family of partners.
Joining as presenting partner for 2021, Isuzu Utes New Zealand will move up to becoming full naming rights partner in 2022 the largest mass-participant MTB event in the Southern Hemisphere.