Pass to Pub 2022

The 2022 Pass to Pub is being held on Sunday 6th March.

As with last year it starts and finishes behind the Albury Hotel and features two options - 36km which is a stiff mountainbiking challenge or 20km which is for youngsters, newbies or those without the fitness to take on the full challenge. Both races start AND finish at Albury.

We've made a small change to the 36km course and let's just say it is not as brutal as last year.

The big elephant in the room is COVID. We will only hold the Pass to Pub if we at Orange or Green alert level setting. To keep everyone safe, we will apply MY VACCINE PASS Policy, social distancing and mask-wearing for competitors, volunteers and spectators.

All participants over the age of 12 years and three months need to show proof of their full vaccination status for entry to the event. Only fully vaccinated spectators will be able to access the finish area compound

If you feel unwell, are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been asked to isolate, please do not visit the the event.

We will not be opening entries until 1 February. Check back here for updates.

Love biking ...

The Pass2Pub appeals to all ages and all abilities, from the guns to the newbies.  If you are a first time competitor, a weekend warrior, or aspiring world champion then the PlaceMakers Pass2Pub should not be missed.  Like hundreds of others, you will want to come back and ride it year after year.

In 2021 there are lots of changes for the Pass to Pub with 2 new courses that both start and finish at Albury.  After many years starting at Burkes Pass, two of the landowners turned down our request to ride through their properties.  They (and all the other farmers) have been strong supporters of the race, but after some indefensible rider behaviour by a small group at the 2020 Pass to Pub, they have withdrawn access.  We and our many supporters and the Albury School than them for their 30 years of support.

So this created a predicament, which then became an opportunity.

Since late last year, we have been working with the Albury community to create an exciting new course layout that is both challenging but achievable. The 2 new routes will provide riders with a new experience, on new terrain through some South Canterbury backcountry farms. We are still finalising the trails with landowners and will post course maps/details soon.  We hope to open entries mid-January.

Whatever level of rider you are, the Pass2Pub is a great challenge.

The perfect ride for those new to the sport - it's strenuous, it will make you work hard, but you will be rewarded  - a spectacular ride in the South Canterbury back country, a wonderful, carnival atmosphere and the absolute thrill of competing and cycling down the finishing chute to the rousing celebrations of family and friends.  A magical experience!

If you have the pedal power, you can go flat out – beat your mates or beat your time from last year and clock up another personal best. At top speed, the course will be challenging and a good test for your technical skills.

Here’s what you get with the Pass2Pub:

  • A great ride over a challenging course. 
  • A great atmosphere with plenty of spectator support
  • Heaps of spot prizes
  • The chance to hang out at the finish with a great after-race party.
  • Proven race management systems
  • A second to none safety record
  • Thousands of happy riders who keep coming back for more.

Your have two options - 36km which is a stiff mountainbiking challenge or 20km which is for youngsters, newbies or those without the fitness to take on the full challenge.  Both races start at Albury.  The 36km at 10am and the 20km at 10.30am. 

The courses traverse the back country up from Albury in the Mackenzie Country hinterland and travels across farms, through valleys, across streams, along farm tracks and shingle roads to the finish at the Albury Tavern, on State Highway 8.  There's plenty of farm lanes, river crossing and a few gnarly hills that might be easier to walk. The last few km's will be familiar to those that have ridden the Pass to Pub before.

Both courses wil lbe ideal for those who have an e-bike.

Everyone who enters has a chance to win great spot prizes. We also have special prizes for the oldest and youngest rider to complete the course. There are special race categories for Retro bikes (no shocks, no front or rear suspension and no clip in pedals), for Single Speed bikes (no gears) and for tandems.

The Pass2Pub after-race party is famous - you can kick back and enjoy great southern sunshine and Mackenzie Country hospitality - live music, the Albury School gourmet BBQ and of course plenty of refreshments available from our sponsors, DB and the Albury Tavern.

Don't wait any longer - enter the Pass2Pub today, and join the 500 other riders for this fantastic event.

Entries will be accepted on the day but you will have to pay an additional late fee.