20th Karapoti Classic with record field

The Karapoti Classic Mountainbike race in New Zealand will celebrates its 20th edition on Saturday, March 5, and more than 1200 mountain bikers from 11 countries and all ends of New Zealand have been announced to converge on the Wellington region in order to compete.

The course of the 50 km Classic revolves around three huge hills, each climbing to almost 600 m. Each climb is split by a series of defining elements, such as a two km descent complete with boulders the size of soccer balls and bike-sized drop-offs; a two km long climb up steps; and an eight km descent down a 4WD road.

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