NZDH – Round 5 – Final – Auckland


Saturday 15th December:

Yes folks its that time of year again when we head north for the SERIES FINAL of the FIST Handware NZDH season to the famed Dome Valley course.

The course is probably the most intense track on the circuit and certainly one of the quickest in terms of average speed.  The hard clay surface providing grip on the center and marbles on the edges.  Riders will  be looking to keep it clean and minimize any mistakes.  However….. if its wet, take your spikes and a spare pair of underpants..or 2.


The AKDH club have put plenty of work into the track over the last month and looking at the track preview from the Bethell Brothers – its fast.

Check out the preview here:

The track is access from Kraak Road which is 12 minutes north of Warkworth on SH1 – at the top of the hill there is a tricky left turn which will be sign posted – once on that road – follow your nose to the top of the track.  The access road is steep and rough so if your vehicle is low, leave it at the top and get a ride down in a shuttle van.  The shuttles also use the access road – so try not be late as it is hard to pass in places.  Parking is also pretty tight at the bottom, so be aware.

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At the end of racing we have the prize giving for round 5 – followed immediately by prize giving for Overall Series placings.

NOTE:  due to the cancellation of 440 – the overall be will judged from a riders best 3 results including the final – so 3 from 4 with the final being one of the 3 – simple!



NZDH – Round 4 – 440 Bike Park


Round 4 of the FIST Handware NZDH Series takes us north east to the sunny shores of  Bay.

440 Bike Park offers up a whole new experience of riding for all ages and grades.  The DH course at 440 is always a hit with the riders due to the ongoing improvements from veteran DH racer (and owner) Byron Scott.

4 transport vehicles keep the flow going maximizing the 440 meters of elevation the park has to offer.

As always the schedule for the day is the same, cost is the same, protection policy the same, and maximum fun…….same.

There is heaps of onsite parking and a dedicated pit area right next to the finish line.

If your looking for an over-nighter, check out the facilities at Orere Point Holiday Park just 5 minutes east of the venue.

We also have Indian Elite rider Piyush Chavan flying into Auckland – he has politely asked if anyone can assist in getting him to the venue – please message him up if you can help in any way.

Otherwise….. 2 rounds to go!



NZDH 3 – Napier – FIST Handware



Round 3 of the NZDH see’s a back to back event being held in the sunny Hawkes Bay this Saturday 3rd November 2018.

Hawkes Bay’s Charlie Makea stunned the locals at a slippy wet Wellington last weekend, and no doubt the local 18 year old will be looking forward to spraying some dust under the canopy of Eskdale Forest.

Entry is via Pakurutahi Valley Road, please respect the parking plan.

Napier always produces the goods and im sure all the races are looking forward to a good honest event.



NZDH 2 – FIST Handware – Wellington


NZDH are stoked to be heading to the bottom of the North Island for round 2 of the FIST Handware NZDH series.


After a couple of years off the racing calender Wellington Mountain Bike Club (WMTBC) gave an old favourite a tickle up and came back online last year with a great event at ‘The K’Hole’ – in Karori Park.  A course very different to round 1 but equally as challenging in   several ways.

Parking will be available next to the Karori West Scout hall on Sunshine Avenue in Karori ( ).

The Wellington MTB Club is pleased to announce that registration for round 2 of the NZDH is open at .
Registration opens at 8am, and shuttled practice runs between 9 and 12:30. We’ll be running the usual NZDH process – two timed runs (the fastest of your 2 runs will be your result). Prize giving is expected to be between 4:30 and 5pm.
Entry costs $60 for members of MTBNZ affiliated clubs, and $70 for everyone else. On the day cash entries will be available from 8am.
WMTBC are genrously putting up Prize money for top 5 fastest riders of the day regardless of category – for both male and female !!
1 150
2 120
3 100
4 80
5 50
Categories and race order
Woman u19
Women elite
Shows us what you got…. and ‘Lets go RaCiNg……’

FIST handware NZDH 1 – results


2018 NZDH 1

NZDH 1 – FIST Handware – Rotorua


Yes folks – its time to see who has been training over winter or not ?

NZDH 1  – is being held in Rotorua this Saturday.  This race also see’s the ‘James Dodds Memorial Trophy’ up for grabs.  This is awarded to the rider with the fastest time of the day, regardless of category.  No doubt the local hitters will have some competition with the Bulldog and Blenki in attendance.

These 2 world cup riders have both had fantastic seasons firmly establishing themselves at the top of list, they have also offered to hook up with the under 15 & 17’s to pass on some tips and advice prior to racing.

A few house rules for the Rotorua Venue:

Vehicle Access:   is strictly limited to permit holders, these have been applied for sponsors and affiliated mountain bike clubs. Descend are running courtesy shuttles with trailers for bikes and gear from the 8 Mile Road back gate to the pits between 0700 and 0900.  The shuttles will then switch to the race transport.

Its about a 10 minute walk from the back gate, so apologies if you miss the bus !

Parking:  Rotorua Lakes Council are in negotiations with Timberlands Forest Manager about parking restrictions at the 8 Mile Road end of Waipa Mill By-pass road.  This is the area where we normally park.  With the significant increase in forestry truck servicing the mill, extreme caution and ‘COMMON SENSE’ has to be applied when parking.  Descend has a meeting prior with to put a parking plan in place.

Membership:  2018 NZDH Series is a members only event.  You can join a club of your choice, or pay an $10 day licence.  Descend will be there with membership forms, $30/year.  So if your doing 3 or more race – apply common sense.


Back gates for entry and transport with be open from 0700 – 0900

0900 – 1300 Practice

1400 – 1530 1st Race Run

1545 – 1700 2nd Race Run

1730 Prize giving.

Descend are in need of marshals for the safety of the riders – please get in touch with Dingo Dave direct to confirm attendance.

Protection – NTBNZ Protection Policy is in place.

Any other question – fire us a message on NZDH Facebook.


2018 NZDH Series & FIST Handware



The 2018 NZ Downhill Series dates are out, and with a new Series sponsor :2018 nzdh

Is great to have FIST Handware on board for the 2018 NZDH Series.

“Fist Handwear is excited to be launching in NZ this Spring! We are excited to be on board with NZDH for 2018! Fist is premium quality Action Sports gloves and accessories. Check out to view the latest styles and stay tuned for availability through your local NZ bike shop!”

As for the line of venues – pretty much the same as as year – which was the most attended/participated year since NZDH birth (2011).

As you may have noticed – the entry is still the same too (if you are a member of a club) – if you arent a member – join a club now – or it will cost you an extra $10 / event for a day membership.

WHY – following years of discussion about how to make Downhill and MTB a more recognizable sport  – in terms of sponsorship and funding –  it boils down to how many financial members the sport has.  So consider the millions of people who take to our forests every year – mostly for free – enjoying some of the finest trail systems in the WORLD.  Then look at the 7,500 financial members that MTB has – there’s a massive disparity there.

So – collectively the clubs of NZDH agree to do Downhill’s bit in trying to increase memberships – to make it better for the next generations – tomorrows athletes.

Most club memberships are between $30 and $50 – support your club and checkout their websites for membership details.

If your not in mood to sign up to a particular club – join NZDH – membership form will be out soon.

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