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 lakes 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 Brief

Times: 7.00am to 8.00am

Introductions on the one hour cruise on the Earnslaw will give all riders the opportunity to become familiar with fellow competitors from all around the world.  You will also sign on for the day and our cameras will be on board to film the excitement.  All riders to wear their cycle gear and number.

Our Race Crew will keep a watchful eye on cars and bikes parked in the designated area by the wharf during the cruise. (More details to follow).

7.00 am –  Earnslaw sets off from the Queenstown wharf.

8.15 am – Earnslaw returns to the wharf where riders will transfer to the start at Glenorchy (allow one hour drive).

10.00am – Prologue start time at Glenorchy where teams will ride a Team time trial and Individuals will ride for their personal best times.

1.00pm – Prologue concludes at Wilsons Bay (see course map).

3.00pm – Gondola base station for the 4.00pm peloton party at the Skyline Restaurant (please allow 20 minutes for Gondola ride to top).

Stage Timetable
Time Activity
7:00 AM Earnslaw Cruise
8.15 AM Travel to start at Glenorchy
10:00 AM Team and individual Time trial start
1:00 PM Team and Individual Time Trial End
3.00 PM Travel up Gondola to Peloton Party at SkyLine
Stage Map & Elevation

Start - Glenorchy

Finish - Wilson Bay