8 days of riding through heartland NZ

1st - 8th April 2017

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: How fit do we need to be?
As a general rule, at a minimum, your team members should be able to ride 100kms in under 5 hours on a rolling course on the road.

Q: As a team coordinator I want to enter now to make sure we don't miss out. Do I have to have all my team members in place before I enter?
No. You enter now. The number of bikes you plan to have on the road each day - 3, 4 or 5 can be changed later. Specifically who rides them, i.e. the team members, can be organised in the months ahead.

Q: We want to have eight bikes on the road each day?
You would enter two four bike teams.

Q: We want to have six or seven bikes riding together. Can we do this as part of our team?
Yes, you would have to enter as a five bike team and the other bikes will join as individuals. In 2012 we found that some teams had extra riders for the day and we accommodated them by allowing them to ride in the individual section so as they too could enjoy the Tour.

Q: Where will prizegiving be held?
UPDATED VENUE - Timed for 2.30pm and finish at 4.00 allowing those heading home to get away or maybe head into Wellington for Dinner.
The Prize giving will take place in the Evans Bay Intermediate School (Besides the Brentwood Hotel, Kemp Street, Kilbirnie).

Q:Can I win some significant prizes?
Yes, you will have some fantastic prizes to ride for. All placegetters are acknowledged and applauded with the "heavy biggy" prizes rewarding you for entering and raising some cash for the many people less fortunate than ourselves. Honda will once again donate the 2017 Lead Car (Jazz RS Sport) that will reward a rider that has raised money for the Charities and every rider will win a spot prize at the Final prizegiving in Wellington.

Q: Do we have to carry our own puncture gear?
Yes, not only puncture gear but extra clothing in the event of wet weather, food and preferably two drink bottles.

Q: Do we have to abide by the Road Rules?
Of course - any one way bridges, right hand turns, compulsory stops, rail way crossings, keeping left at all times - normal road rules apply in all these situations.

Q: Where will the drink stations be?
These will be advised at Race Briefing. Drink Stations will be available on the longer stages.

Q: What time will the Coach leave if I have booked a package?
On Friday 31 March Pavolvich Coach(s) will be departing
Auckland Air NZ Domestic Terminal at 10.00am .
Christchurch Domestic Terminal at 11.00am.
(if your flight is arriving in Auckland or Christchurch after this time and you need our help please email us)

Latest news

Sunday Star Times Article - 12/04/17

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)

TOUR RESULTS - 30/03/17

Daily results will be available for the North Island and South Island.

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