Day 1 – Glenorchy to Queenstown


Saturday 6th April 2019
Glenorchy to Wilsons Bay, Queenstown


Stage Distance: 36km Prologue/Time Trial


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About the Stage Sponsor

Ricoh New Zealand Limited CEO Mike Pollok has been a passionate supporter of the Tour of New Zealand since its inception. In the tour, he saw the chance to combine his passion for riding, his love of the New Zealand landscape and his desire to make a positive change in the lives of others.

Five tours on and $1.25m raised and the Tour of New Zealand experience has not only been an empowering one for Mike but for all the other Ricoh Riders who have taken part over the years.

At Ricoh, our focus is on empowering digital workplaces through the business of change, by utilising innovative technologies and solutions to make our customers businesses work faster, smarter and leaner, as well as providing service and support that match the products we deliver.

Stage Info

Following in the tradition of The Tour de France the Tour of New Zealand commences with a prologue (a 36km individual and team time trial).

Teams will be set off at 30s intervals. The third rider in your team over the finish line will determine the time of the team. Race partners, The Helicopter Line will fly our camera crew alongside you for some spectacular Television shots and still images, as you ride the lake’s edge.

The course has some short steep hill sections and some downhill speed sections.  The finish at Wilsons Bay has room for car parking and for riders to keep well off the road. Toilets are available in Glenorchy as well as Wilsons Bay.

Stage Timetable
Time Activity
7:00 AM Travel from Queenstown to Glenorchy
8.00 AM Arrive in Glenorchy
10:00 AM Team and individual Time trial start
12:15 PM Team and Individual Time Trial End
2:00 PM Gondola to Bobs Peak SkyLine
5.00 PM Peloton Party at SkyLine with nibbles
Stage Brief

9:00 am – Glenorchy for Introductions and sign in.

10:00 am – Prologue begins with first groups under starters orders.

10:45 am – final groupings leave Glenorchy.

5:00 pm – Gondola to Skyline.

The entire peloton and crew will be riding the Gondolas up Bobs Peak to the reception at the Skyline, this will now be a bigger function than first planned.  We will have nibbles for you and a glass of wine or fruit juice served (not dinner.) It will be a fantastic opportunity to meet other riders socially from all over the world and get the full gas on the week ahead.

Feel free to make your own arrangements for the evening!

Stage Map & Elevation

Start - Glenorchy

Finish - Wilson Bay