Our APL opening night criterium is designed to kick off the Ride Cycling Festival in style!

Some grades still have spots to enter on the night.

It will take place on Thursday the 11th of February, racing starts at 5pm with the Under 15’s. It will be held at the impressive APL manufacturing factory in Hautapu – 137 Swayne Road.

Please do not go out there before the event, you can NOT practise on the roads.


Time  Detail
4.30pm Race number collection
4.50pm Call up briefing for race 1
5.00pm – 5.15pm Forsyth Barr U15 Boys & Girls 
5.25pm – 5.40pm  Hamilton Tyre and Battery D/E Grade 
5.50pm – 6.05pm Triple J Screenprinting C Grade 
6.05pm – 6.30pm  Simon intro – Q&A with Aaron Gate & Georgia Williams 
6.25pm Presentations for Race 1 – 3
6.30pm – 6.50pm Thermal Chemistry B Grade 
7.00pm – 7.20pm  Spoken Cycles A Grade 
7.30pm – 7.50pm  BNZ Business House relay challenge and Bottega Team Spirit Award
7.50pm Presentations for Race 4 – 6 


$15: Individual entries (A-D/E grades & U15 criterium)
$50: BNZ Business House Relay (teams of 4)

No CyclingNZ race license needed to compete in any event.

There will be 1st female and 1st male prizes awarded for all individual races as well as a Grassroots mid-race preme sprint for spot prizes. 

Thanks to Bottega Hairdressing for the award for the ‘Team Spirit’ award at the BNZ Business House Challenge.

Foods & Drinks:
There will be a range of food and drink vendors available for you to purchase before or after racing. These will be onsite from around 5pm onwards until the conclusion of racing.

APL: 137 Swayne Road, Cambridge. There is plenty of on-site parking and a spectator friendly course. 

BNZ Business House Relay gives local businesses the chance to race for champion status!

Assemble a team of 4 riders who are all employed by the same business to be eligible to compete in the BNZ Business House Relay (must include 1 female). In a relay style race each rider will race one lap of the course, approximately 1km long and hand over to the next team member until all 4 laps have been completed and the first business across the line wins. Prize for the best dressed team! Winners of the BNZ Business House Relay will be crowned champions and take home the coveted trophy. 

Entry fee is $50 for a team of 4.

  • All 4 team members must be associated with the business they are representing.
  • A team must include at least one female member.


Thanks to our awesome sponsors for the Opening Night Criterium, making sure we have a course and prizes up for grabs!