About The Prospector

The Prospector is a brand new race to the New Zealand to the New Zealand mountain bike scene. Created by Alexandra locals James Williamson and Phil Oliver, the race is “designed by mountain bikers for mountain bikers”. Central Otago has a rich gold mining history, with many of the routes and trails in the hills formed as they hunted gold. Now 100 years later the hills are thriving again with the trails repurposed for two-wheeled use!

A multi-stage race over three days, The Prospector will be raced by riders in teams of two, where the teams with the lowest overall time will be crowned race champions. The courses will challenge riders in many ways, with some technical grade 3 & 4 single track on offer, skillful riders will be well rewarded however there is no also hiding on the many climbs, with nearly 4000m total elevation gain in the event.

The race is based in Alexandra for the three days, the stages take place in the hills surrounding the town with the start finishes a 10min drive or short ride from the township. Once riders have completed the stages they can relax and enjoy the many great spots around town to re-hydrate and refuel, or even take on a leisurely recovery ride with the family on some of the world famous cycle trails.

Alexandra is ready and waiting to welcome you all in 2021, and the years to come, so enter now and become one of the very first mountain bike Prospectors!

Pre-order your 2021 Prospector Event Clothing now!


Alexandra, Central Otago is a pleasant 60min drive through the Kawarau and Cromwell gorges away from Queenstown International aiport (also only 2hrs from Dunedin International airport).

Once out of the busy tourist metropolis of Queenstown you escape to the vastness of the heart of Central Otago, a place that has a very unique warm and dry landscape and climate which make it an ideal location for mountain biking. The township and surrounding area has thrived in recent years with the boom of the famous Cycle Trails such as the Otago Central Rail Trail and The Roxbrugh Gorge Trail, on the back of this have come many wonderful cafes, restaurants, bars and breweries now on offer.

Explore the area on your mountain bike as you prepare for and race The Prospector and see what hidden gems there are here, with trails as good as anywhere in the world only minutes from the centre of town.

Event Schedule

  • Registration Night Thursday 11th March 4-7pm


  • Registration Morning 12th March 9am-11am


  • Race/Event Briefing 12pm 12th March
    • Prologue race start 12.30pm
    • Event Chill Zone (Montieths bar and restaurant) Open 1pm-5pm
    • Prologue awards & stage 1 briefing– 5-6pm


  • Stage 1 13thMarch Start 8am
    • Stage 2 finish 11.30-4pm
    • Event Event Chill Zone (Montieths bar and restaurant) Open 1pm-5pm
    • Stage 1 awards  & stage 2 briefing – 5-6pm


  • Stage 2 14Th March start 7.30am
    • Stage 2 Finish 11-3pm
    • Event Event Chill Zone (Montieths bar and restaurant ) Open 1pm-4pm
    • Stage 2 & Event awards 4pm – 6pm

*please note this timing may change in the lead up to the event

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