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"The Tour of New Zealand is totally unique. I will be riding with teams of social riders, club riders and passionate cyclists on Tour. You have a beautiful opportunity to race or ride and at the same time to raise some funds for one of the charities the Tour supports." - Julian Dean
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"The Tour of NZ was one of the best sporting events that I've ever been associated with. It was such a great way to see the country, make new friends and be challenged by the competitive spirit on each stage." - Bruce Edgar
NZ batsman Bruce played 39 tests for NZ and 64 one day matches..In 2015 at Tour prize giving Bruce won the Honda NZ prize of the Honda Jazz and chose to donate it to the charity Tearfund. You will see him on Tour 2017 racing for Tearfund again.
After three incredible editions, the Tour of New Zealand has cemented its place as one of the best multi-day cycle events in the world. It's an 8-day pedaling fiesta that celebrates everything good about cycling, scenery, competition and community, played out on some of the best roads the country has to offer.
The Tour has something for everyone, from occasional riders looking for a motivating, achievable goal through to hardcore racers aiming for a week of perfect suffering. And as any of the hundreds of Tour riders from previous years will tell you, it's a brilliant Kiwi road trip for riders and support crew alike.
Choose your course, and meet you in the middle As a rider in the Tour, you'll ride the length of one of New Zealand's main islands - your choice, North or South. The North and South courses start from opposite ends of New Zealand and run simultaneously, covering around 100km per stage for seven days as they converge on the center of the country. On the eighth day everyone meets in Wellington for a morning of criterium racing in the grounds of Parliament.
You can enter individually or ride in a team of three or more. It is competitive, but how hard you go is entirely up to you. There's always someone to ride with at your level, from riders aiming to cover 100km in five hours through to seriously athletic men and women who take half that time.
No better way to do Down Under If you're looking for an excuse to visit Middle Earth, the Tour is the ultimate way to experience heartland New Zealand. For the fourth Tour of New Zealand we'll again be welcoming riders and support crews from all over the world, united by the unique camaraderie that develops when strangers join together in the spirit of adventure. The riding is over by noon, leaving the rest of the day free to enjoy New Zealand's beautiful autumn scenery, tell lies about your heroic efforts in the morning, and enjoy the Tour's evening Peleton Parties.
The Charity Connection It's not all about the bike. The Tour doubles as a unique fund raising platform for a number of worthwhile charities. Since our first Tour in 2012, riders have raised more than $675,000 by reaching out to friends, family and workmates through the individual race pages provided on our website. It couldn't be easier - and knowing that you're supporting a good cause is another source of motivation when the going gets hard.
The lucky 400 The Tour only runs every second year, and entries are limited to 200 riders in each Island. Sign up online right now and get ready to ride the real New Zealand. We can't wait to see you here. "I had no idea there were cycling routes in New Zealand like those you selected for the Tour. We were delivered a daily cocktail of mountains, lakes, rivers and farms, all shared with new biking friends from around the world. Absolutely stunning." Lyn Harrison, Judge, New Plymouth.
The Prize Giving in Wellington on Saturday 8th will be held at the Kilbirnie Evans Bay Intermediate Gymnasium (50 metres from the Brentwood Hotel), 14 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie. There will be some great stories, new cycling buddies to say good bye to, and many prizes. At 2.30pm we'll start with nibbles and drinks, and finish at 4.15pm allowing you time to head into Wellington for Dinner or make an early start homeward. All riders must attend to be eligible for all spot prize. So please plan your accommodation accordingly.
Click to read 'A Tour of Courage' (pdf 1.5MB), published in the Sunday Star Times, April 9th 2017.
SI News - 05/04/17
We anticipate to have the bikes at Springs Junction before the buses. There will be adequate time for riders to prepare their bikes before the start of the race at 9.30 (depending on travel and weather conditions)