It’s now less than a month until New Zealand’s biggest cycling festival hits the Waikato for the second time – with an exciting new event now confirmed to launch the festivities.

For the first time, Hamilton Airport is making its runway available for a community cycling race. Thursday February 13th will see the main Hamilton Airport runway host three graded cycling criteriums.

“The Hamilton Airport is incredibly excited to be hosting this community cycling event. It’s the first time an event like this will be held on our runway and pulling it off is the result of quite a bit of behind the scenes work from the team. We’re really proud to showcase our first class facilities and support our community in the process” said Mark Morgan, Chief Executive Officer

The novelty race is expected to attract hundreds of riders and spectators from around the region. The tight circuit and smooth runway surface are likely to make for very fast racing and the excellent viewing area within the terminal will make this an event not to be missed.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the Hamilton Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority in delivering this unique and exciting event. There’ve been a handful of similar events at smaller airports around New Zealand – but nothing of this scale. We’ll cap the racing off with a Q&A with some of the country’s top cyclists – I can’t think of a better way to kick off New Zealand’s Cycling Festival!”, said Simon Perry, Chair of the RIDE Cycling Festival.

The event is open to the public with excellent viewing from the main airport terminal. Racing is restricted to Cycling New Zealand licensed riders. Details on how to enter racing can be found at and for more information on spectating, visit

The Three Peaks RIDE: New Zealand’s Cycling Festival will also deliver the Vantage Elite and Under 23 Road Cycling Championships as well as the New Zealand Gran Fondo – along with a wide range of activities and free community events for people of all ages and abilities. The event runs February 13th – 16th in and around the Waipa District.

The event is in it’s a second year, having hosted the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic in January 2019.