Countdown To The 2016 Yeti Trans NZ

The second annual Yeti Trans NZ will hit the media stands in less than 10 days. If you’re keen to follow the adventures of kiwis, expats and foreigners navigating their way through the diverse and wild forests of New Zealand then tune into for the official daily recaps and for links to media coverage in four different languages.

The event will kick off on February 28 in the Craigieburn region, located just outside Christchurch on the central Eastern coast of the South Island. 130 riders will land just days before the race, and be swept up by a crew of 40 volunteers, all under the orchestration of event director, Megan Rose who has spent the last two years fine tuning the courses and logistics to provide a unique experience for riders who dare to take on this adventurous rendition of enduro racing.

This event means a lot to the local riding communities. Some of the locals are really not aware of the image that New Zealand has become to the international mountain bike scene, as a ‘go to’ riding destination on their bucket list,
— Megan Rose, Trans NZ founder and event director

Fifteen countries and six continents are represented, including 23 percent calling themselves natives, and 77 percent foreigners who are curious to see what this “wicked” riding is all about. Riders will be up against 131km, 6315m of climbing, and 7881m of descending, over the course of five days of racing on primarily natural terrain with a mix of steep, technical, trails, some fast flow, and rocky technical moves. The race will conclude on March 3 in Queenstown, the mountain bike epicenter and adventure capital of New Zealand, including a stage through the Queenstown Bike Park.

Zac Williams (NZL) returns to fight for the top spot of the Open Men category after placing second last year. Kashi Leuchs (NZL), Aaron Bradford (USA) and Darcy Neniska (CAN) will be in the mix fighting for the podium. There is a clean slate for the Open Women’s field to battle it out and establish their pecking order throughout the week.

In general this will be a new experience since last year rain thwarted racing the full course on Day 1 and we have a new track to race on (...) The brand new trail on Day 5 will be absolutely stunning, getting up above the town of Queenstown. Racers are in for an experience they will never forget.
— Megan Rose, Trans NZ founder and event director

The Yeti Trans NZ supports local trail projects that in turn provide new and different tracks to race on. Most recently, Rose threw in $1000 along with Extra Mile Trail Building, owned and operated by Tom Hey, to ensure a new trail project sponsored by the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club (QTMBC), would be underway in time for the final day of the event. Rose has another surprise for racers on for Day 1.

The Yeti Trans NZ will be posting regular updates on Facebook and Instagram throughout the week, and daily video recaps on Vimeo. Hashtag your photos #transnzenduro to make their way onto the live stream of the Yeti Trans NZ’s Media HQ. For more information email or visit