Day 1 – Glenorchy to Queenstown
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.
Glenorchy and the road that edges Lake Wakatipu on your journey to this alpine village is absolutely state of the creation art.
As on every stage, you will sign in for the day. This will be open from 8.30am at the Glenorchy Lakeside Domain. Being the first Day of Tour of New Zealand 2019 when you sign in we will announce you over our speaker system. This will cover, your name, category entered, home town and country and, if a member of a team, your team name.
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. For teams, the third rider 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.
Travel from Queenstown to Glenorchy
8:30 – 9:30 am
Sign in at Glenorchy
Team and individual time trial start
Team and Individual time trial end
Gondola to Bob’s Peak
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Peloton Party at The SkyLine Restaurant with nibbles and intros and spot prizes. Buy your own drinks.
The ride from Glenorchy to Wilsons Bay includes some serious but short climbs. Much care on the rapid downhill sections. Keep left as far as possible as the road carries many tourists that stop for photos and park carelessly. At Wilsons Bay, the finish will be on the left-hand side of the road. After finishing and before crossing over to the parking area, lakeside and toilets please make sure it is very safe to do so.