4 & 8 HR




20 MARCH 2021



The Hanmer 4 & 8 Mountain Bike Race takes competitors on a unique journey through Hanmer Forest through some of the regions most amazing mountain scenery. A fantastic event for individuals, teams, school team and corporate teams.

Get a team together or ride this race individually. Solo participants have their own age categories. 



4 Hour Solo

Juniors - 17 & Under

Senior - 18 & Above

8 Hour Solo

Senior - 18 & Above

Juniors can only enter the 8 hour as part of a team unless approved by the Race Director.

4 Hour Team

Super Junior - 6-11 yrs - team must provide their own tail end charlie.

All other 4 hour teams - 11 yrs +

8 Hour Team

Senior - 18 & Above

Max team size 4

Solo Race Categories

When you register you will automatically be assigned your Age Category. Register as an individual and we will do the rest. 

Junior: 12-17, Senior: 18-39, Veteran: 40-49, Masters 50-59, Classic: 60+



The race village is located at Hanmer Springs Forest Camp, Jollies Pass. Access will be available from daylight on Saturday morning. We want to create a race village so vehicles are not permitted around taped areas. You are welcome to unload your vehicles but then must park in the designated parking area.

The Course

The Hanmer 4&8 Hour Mountain Bike course consists of an approximate 6km clockwise loop using mostly intermediate trails (Upper Dog Stream and Mach 1) with fast downhill sections and some great climbs. Some very small sections of the course cross onto advanced trails for a short time.


The Super Junior Course uses Camp Track and Easy Rider on a beautiful yet less technical course suitable for young riders. This course also starts and finishes at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp.


The anticipated courses for the Hanmer 4 & 8 hour challenge can be found here.* 


*These are planned courses only. The course on the day is subject to change based on conditions and at the Race Directors discretion.

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8 hour Race

8 hour Race briefing: 8am

8 hour Race Start: 8.30am

4 hour Race

4 hour Race briefing: 12 noon

4 hour Race Start: 12.30pm

Please note the first lap will differ from the other laps. 

Suggested Kit

Hanmer Springs is an alpine village and can experience a wide range of weather conditions. We recommend you consider carrying the following. Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, hydration pack, survival blanket, energy bar. Please do not wear headphones as this limits your ability to hear directions from marshals and hazards. Helmets are mandatory.

Prize giving

The Prize giving ceremony will be held at the Forest Camp at approx 5pm or as soon as the last rider has completed. There will be spot prizes. If you place you must be at the prize giving to receive your certificate and prize. We are unable to post prizes. The prize categories are: Male Individual, Female Individual,  Corporate Team, Mixed Age Team, Mixed Gender Team, Overall Male Team, Overall Female Team. There are no age categories for Teams. 


We will have a photographer during the race, photos will be made available 4 days after the event. 

Enjoy Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs has accommodation for you from camping through to 5 star luxury. Book your accommodation online at,, or . Contact Hanmer Forest Camp to receive special discounts when competing in the 4 & 8 MTB Race. 

Extreme Weather

Extreme weather such as strong winds, heavy rain or snow may mean it is unsafe to run the race on the planned route. The organiser reserves the right to alter the course at short notice. If postponed or cancelled the organiser reserves the right to withhold entry fees and offer an alternative race or date. 



Registrations are not yet open for 2021


4 Hour Solo


8 Hour Solo



Teams - 4 Hour

Super Junior  - $95 per Team 

All other 4 hour teams - $95 per Team

Teams - 8 Hour

 $160 per Team


Online Registrations close on the 17th of March 2020, after this date you will need to register on Friday the 19th March at Montieths in Hanmer Springs from 6.30pm-8.30pm or on Saturday morning 7am-8am 19 March at the Forest Camp. Late registrations will incur a fee of $20.00.

Changes and cancellations incur a fee of $10.00. No changes can be made to your registration after 20 February. No refunds will be given after 20 February.

Teams: Please note there are no age categories in the team races. 

For all juniors completing an indemnity form will need to be completed by a parent or legal guardian.

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