The Prospector MTB Stage Race in the hills surrounding Alexandra from March 11 to 13 will go ahead under current Government guidelines, with a split field and additional rules around athlete areas.

Organisers would regularly assess conditions and advice from the local district health board and the Government, but were confident they could hold the event safely with a cap of 200 riders, event operations manager Lisa Hoskin said.

Vaccine passes would be mandated for all athletes, staff, volunteers and contractors at the race, alongside heightened levels of hygiene and extra mitigation strategies.