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Motu Special : Sunday 25th August 2019 ..... SEVEN Mountain Bike Races including the Electric Village ebike experience

PGG Wrightson

CLICK here for all Race Results from the MotuSpecial 2019

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Please direct any phone calls or emails to Paul Cornwall (06) 863 5002  or

Finally please also note that mobile phone coverage is not good at MOTU. 


Thank you “ The Motu Community Trust wish to thank everyone involved with the 2018 Motu Special Mountain Bike Races that $5,655.00 was raised on the day for the trust.

A HUGE thank you to:

ECT, Wrightsons/Balance, Eastland Group; Electric Village; Pak n Save; Gisborne Specials; Weet-bix; Avanti Plus Maintrax; Emerre & Hathaway  Black Fig plus the many other sponsors and supporters who assisted on the day.
And of course to all the participants you were all amazing.

A fun day with perfect weather.” 

2018 - MotuSpecial Kids Start

2018 Raceday photos by Treway Photography

Click LINKS >    * e-Bike experience    * Adult Riders     * Kids Races     * Prize Giving 

NEXT Motu Special event Sun. 25th Aug. 2019       Motu Special 'facebook'


Motu Special is now back for 2019, once again with races for all ages. Motu Special features classic mountain bike terrain at Motu, Eastland. Lots of hills, lots of fun.
The day will again support Motu Community House.

    > Trophies for male/female 50km winners!             > Spot prizes!


Eastland Group  Motu Special - 7 Mountain Bike Races  Eastland Group

Including the Electric Village ebike exerience

from 10:15am Sunday 25th August 2019

Start / Finish Motu Community House

1.  Race Registration 8:30am

2.  Electric Village e-bike experience – 10:00am

3.  25km & 50km - 10:15am

4.  First Timers/ Fun event – 10:20am

5.  Kids Races Registration – 12:00 noon

6.  Kids Races start time – 1:00pm


PGG Wrightson

1 - PGG Wrightson 50km Weka Special ... 10:15am Start


2 - Ballance 25km Fantail Special ... 10:15am Start


3 - PAK'nSAVE 12km Blue Duck Special ... 10:20am Start

Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing

4 - Motu Community House 5km Kiwi Special  ... 1:00pm Start

Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing

5 - Weet-Bix 5km Tomtit Special ... 1:05pm Start

Black Fig Catering

6 - Black Fig 1km Waxeye Special ... 1:05pm Start

Come and race in Motu, all courses on private farm land

Tomtit Special, Kiwi Special, Blue Duck Special, NZ Falcon Special, Weka Special, 5 Mountain Bike Races

Electric Village

PLUS the 2019  -  Electric Village ebike experience

The course will start outside The Motu Community House - firstly loop the village then over the bridge as per usual  but instead of turning left for the other 3 courses - turn right onto Marumoko Road and ride out and 

'Turn around' where the other races join Marumoko Road and back to the Motu Community House.

This course is all gravel road ( not farmland) - distance is approx... 16km ...  Entry Fee: $20


PRIZE giving for all races at the conclusion: 2:00pm


... with thanks to our Sponsors ...

ECT - Eastland Community Trust 

PGG Wrightson  Ballance  Pak'nSave Electric Village

Black Fig Catering     Emerre & Hathaway Insurance Brokers     Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing  Eastland Group


Black Fig catering will be there on the day so no need to bring your own lunch.

A good range of options will be available for purchase from Black Fig.


Motu Special PGG Wrightson/Ballance Event  

General Briefing - 2019

>>> CLICK Here to download 2019 Race Briefing - A4 PDF <<<


Mountain biking can be dangerous, we the Motu Special event organisers want this to be a competitive yet fun and safe day. Please take note of the following which is in no particular order

*  All participants must have their race number clearly placed on the front of their bike centre of the handle bars and cable tied.

*  Significant parts of each race are held on private farms, we are privileged to have this access. Please do not drop any litter on the course e.g. either the roads or farms.

*  All roads must be treated as “OPEN” we have promoted this event as much as possible yet cannot guarantee no one may come through, either behind you or from the opposite direction while on the road sections.

*  The majority of locals are aware of the racing taking place today.

*  We have marshals wearing Green/Orange vests that will be stopping all cars at the bottom of the course (near the bridge) plus at the top of the Motu hill to inform any motorist that this event is on.

* In general organisers do not anticipate many vehicles outside our event. Our event vehicles are virtually all ATVs.

* The course is well marked out with consistent Red flags on white fibre glass poles. For the majority of the course you will be riding between these flags set out in pairs. Follow them and you will keep to the course.

* There are also some larger Stage signage out on course, these form part of our overall H&S plan.

* Remember that the 50km Weka race you will complete two full laps of the overall course hence you will come back and ride on through the Start Finish line as you continue through and off around the block for your second lap.

* The Fantail is one lap of the complete circuit (25km).

* The start and finish lines are the same for all races from in front of the “Motu Community House.”

* Out on the course we have marshals who are within Radio contact back to the Race Director located at the Start /Finish line.

* In the event of a more serious accident/incident if there is no marshals close by please stay with the injured athlete until another competitor or marshal comes along that can help.  We have systems and vehicles strategically placed around the course in case of such an incident.

* All our team have event bibs and as explained Radio contact back to St John based at the Start /Finish line.

* We also have an ATV (All-terrain vehicle) floating, plus a tail end Charlie on the 50km course.

* Previously we have had social riders riding out and onto the event course. This is an absolute NO the private land is for competitors only, anyone else thinking that they can go onto the course will be removed Motu style.

* For the Waxeye & Tomtit kids races we are happy for a parent/caregiver to ride with their child but parents please don’t “you” cross the finish line kids only!

* Please convey to your supporter’s that due to the safety of all participants that we request that no one drives out and onto the course e.g. or up the Motu Road.

* In the event of any race ruling/debate/racing incident or protest the Race Directors decision will be final with no debate being entered into.

* Prize Giving: At the conclusion of all racing (final competitor is in) as soon as possible we will have the prize giving participants must be in attendance at the prize giving to be eligible for all prizes.


Good luck to all please read again

All Entrants - Please complete the Race WAIVER...


You can download and complete the WAIVER here in PDF format to present on Race Day at the Registration


Motu Community House - Motu NZ

In support of The Motu Community House


In the Middle of Winter 'get out there'  -  come join the 'fun day' at Motu... a new challenge for all ages

Motu -

Motu is special... we love the scenery and the fresh air...    Great for spotting Weka...


CLICK for MOTU Community House New Zealand MAP <<< CLICK <<< Google MAP view of MOTU - New Zealand  

NZ Department of Conservation 

Click on the BIRD photos to hear their calls... sound recordings courtesy DOC website...

Tomtit Special                      Kiwi Special                      Blue Duck Special                     Fantail Special                      Weka Special


NEW 2019 MAPS will be available shortly!!

Only the 2018 MAP's are here following of the courses 

 Download a A4 PDF- to view the course - but as mentioned above NEW 2019 Maps

will be available shortly.

CLICK here to Download PDF Map of the Course
CLICK here to Download A4 - PDF Map of the Course
CLICK here to Download A4 - PDF Map of the Course

Race Photos with thanks and courtesy of: