With high demand events like the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro, you need to get in quick. Entries for 2018 open at 9am New Zealand time on November 17th, and stay open until Monday 20th.

The past three years have been sold out, so if a 3-day enduro event around Nelson, New Zealand tickles your fancy, you should be consulting the world clock and setting your alarm for Friday morning.

The multi stage enduro race will take place from March 9-11, 2018 in beautiful Marlborough on the top of New Zealand’s South Island. It is home to some of New Zealand’s most scenic and sacred trails.

Photo: Sven Martin

Last year saw racers from seventeen countries take the start with Damien Oton and Ines Thoma taking the overall win.

To find the entry link head to the event website, where it will be live from 17th of November at 9am NZDT (Nov 16th 9pm Central European time, Nov 16th 12 midday Pacific Standard time).

Entries will be open for 36 hours.140 Successful applicants will be drawn and notified by direct email. You will be able to submit group entries if you are travelling with a partner or group of friends.

NZ Enduro facts

Expect three wild days of racing and riding with your mates around the Marlborough Sounds, NZ. All the action is close to the Picton Ferry terminal and South Island towns of Nelson and Blenheim.

Combine natural trails, native NZ beech forest, scenic liaisons, challenging, fast, flowy, technical and steep trails into three days of riding and racing.

The event has a laid back vibe and atmosphere, with no start order or set liaison times. But you still get professional timing, time to ride with your friends and have a swim if you want.

Race entry costs are $375 NZD and that includes shuttles, helicopter uplift, food, beer, BBQ and good times, not to mention the infamous NZ Enduro swag bag on sign up.

Anka and Sven Martin run the event, and are thinking globally and acting locally, partnering with local providers, food and refreshments sourced locally and giving back directly to MTB trail advocacy programs targeting the trails we are using through the Marlborough MTB club and trailfund.org.nz with a raffle.