8 days of riding through heartland NZ

Early April 2017

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"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.

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 Peloton Parties.

Ride your bike for a charity you like
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. So why not sign up online right now and get ready to ride the real New Zealand? We can’t wait to see you here.

Peter Yarrell Coral Macdonald
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Stewart Island will create history when it hosts the opening 20 kilometre stage of the Tour of New Zealand on Friday the 10th of April. It will be the first ever competitive cycle race held on the island which ...read full story


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