The Gambler 2020

Keep watching for updates on the 2020 event!

The Gambler is a unique event offering a fun, challenging race with a point of difference being the introduction of a strategic element.

Riders have 4 hours to accumulate as many points as possible by completing a choice of 4 different trail loops in the order of their choosing – with each loop worth different points according to their length and difficulty (Grade 2 – 4 trails).  Therefore riders need to plan and strategise how they will race this event – will they do the same loop over and over, or perhaps attack the difficult loops worth more points first – who knows?  Under this format it will not necessarily be the fastest rider that wins, but the most strategic rider/s of them all.  This event caters for the avid racer as well as teams or families out to have a bit of fun.  We have a dedicated loop for junior riders only (12 years and under).

Location & Facilities

EVENT BASE: Craters MTB Park – at the dirt carpark off Karapiti Road (The road to Craters of the Moon).

PARKING: Limited parking in the event village – teams bring a tent for shelter during the event will have priority for parking.  Parking marshals will direct you for parking along Karapiti Road.  Riders can also drop off gear at the event base and park at the new Hub area by Kefi at the Hub cafe and ride/walk back up to the event base.


NO WATER ONSITE so please come prepared

FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Volcanic Coffee will be onsite for the day providing hot & cold drinks and limited food.

Key Times

Registration from 9:00am – 9:30am – Craters MTB Park – dirt carpark

Race Briefing: 9:45am (all riders must attend)

Race Times: START 10am – 2pm FINISH (all categories)

Prize-giving: ASAP after race finish


  • Solo Male
  • Solo Female
  • Teams (2-4 riders per team): Male, Female or Mixed
  • Family (2-4 riders per team): Max 2 Adults – young riders must be 12 years and under.  Family teams must have at least 1 Adult and 1 Junior rider
  • School Teams (2-4 riders per team): Senior 13-17 yrs or Junior 8–12 yrs

Courses and Rules

2019 Gambler Maps (click on link)

Gambler Rules 2019 – final 28 August (Click on link)


2019 Results

Click on the link to view the results for the 2019 Gambler Event

Results 2019 – The Gambler

Register Now

Enter in store at Pack & Pedal, 5 Tamamutu St, Taupo (cash only) or enter online by clicking on the link below.

To speed up your in store entry, download the Registration Form, print off, complete and drop off to Pack & Pedal Taupo along with your payment.

The Gambler 2019 Registration Form

NOTE:  You must have your MTB Club membership/tag number to take advantage of the member discounts

We look forward to seeing you on 08th September 2019.


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