Established by the Mayfield Lions in 2006, the Mt. Somers Mountain Challenge is a mountain biking event for all ages and abilities, created to raise funds for worthy causes.

Since its inception the race has wound its way through the historic Mt. Somers Station, home to the Acland family, without whose support the event simply would not be possible. Bellbirds and fantails accompany riders on their journey through this rugged, captivating landscape, weaving through tussock and flax, shady forests and the flourishing native bush. Just an hour’s drive from both Christchurch and Timaru, the picturesque setting makes for a great day out, with competitors, supporters, and general onlookers coming from far and wide to enjoy the festivities.

The ride is broken down into individual events, depending on the skill level and competitiveness of each rider, making it a day the whole family can enjoy. From the The Hokonui Challenge course, a 35km long course with steep ascents and descents aimed at the experienced, competitive rider, to the RDR Foothills race, a 30km event designed for those still after a good workout, and the 20km Skinners Bikes, Mowers and Saws Lowland ride, ideally for families and children, there’s something to suit everyone’s ability.

A highlight of the day is always the meal at the conclusion of the races. Included in the entry fee, this is a great chance to enjoy a laugh with fellow competitors, and there are always plenty of tall tales and amusing anecdotes shared. The event was created purely and simply to raise money for  community causes. Along with the major recipient of this year’s proceeds, Ronald McDonald House, a host of local organisations will also benefit, ensuring the entire community benefits from this fantastic event.

The event for 2019 will take place on the 23rd February, with postponement date being 24th February