​It’s now less than two weeks until New Zealand’s biggest cycling festival hits Waipa.

From February 13th to 16th, the Three Peaks RIDE: New Zealand’s Cycling Festival will offer festivities for everyone – spectators, participants and those just looking for a fun family weekend. This year’s event will showcase the Vantage Elite Road Cycling Championships, with NZ’s top female and male cyclists racing time trials and road races for the right to wear the national jersey.

For the second year, RIDE will also present the New Zealand Gran Fondo – a challenging 100km ride which follows the exact course the elite riders will face the following day. There’s also an 18km Corto Fondo which is well suited to cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Among the many free community events planned for the weekend are the APL Party in the Park and the Big Bike film night 2020 premier brought to you by Foster construction, both being held in Victoria Square.

This year’s showstopper will undoubtedly be the Hamilton Airport Runway Criterium. For the first time, the main runway will host one hour of cycle racing (open to all Cycling NZ licensed riders). There will be great viewing from the main terminal and is a unique event not to be missed. Tickets are also available to the post-racing Q&A with NZ cycling legend Greg Henderson interviewing NZ’s very own Tour de France veteran, and current elite cycling Shane Archbold – also known as the Flying Mullet.

RIDE 2020 follows an incredibly successful and widely supported inaugural event in January 2019. The event continues to be supported by Waipa District Council and more than two dozen local Trusts and businesses.