The New Zealand Gran Fondo is a must do on any cyclists race calendar. This year the course follows the exact route that NZ’s elite riders will follow in their road race the following day.  See map at the bottom of this page.

The 100km course is designed as a challenge for all who take part; if you are finding the Maungakawa hill climb easy, you should be going faster.  Timing mats are set up to capture the Kings and Queens of the Mountain (Maungakawa) in various age brackets. 

King of the Mountain is sponsored by Tineli cycle clothing (, sponsoring the KOM jerseys that will adorn the shoulders of the fastest male in each age bracket, up the Maungakawa hill climb. Tineli, the Nelson based, international cycle clothing company is here to make you look great and feel comfortable while riding.

The Queen of the Mountain jerseys are proudly sponsored by New Zealand owned investment firm, Forsyth Barr. “Our Cambridge and Hamilton offices are pleased to be involved in the RIDE festival again this year and we are proud to support the Queen of the Mountain race within a race”  – Roger FitzGerald, manager of Forsyth Barr’s Hamilton office. Visit to find out more about Forsyth Barr’s services. 

The race culminates in a party atmosphere in the park (APL Party in the Park) where each rider will be awarded their finishers medal.

This year there is a teams competition within the ride, you can grab your friends together to try and take out the Men’s teams, Women’s teams or Mixed team award.

Start training:

We have teamed up with Steel Springs Performance Coaching to offer you a free training program. Thanks Aaron and team! visit to find out about customised training programs.

Beginner Training Plan

Intermediate Training Plan

The Corto Fondo is a chance for perhaps the first timers, mature riders or youthful participants to be part of the ride and the atmosphere. Winger Suzuki are right behind this 18km event to support as many people as possible to enjoy the day.  This ride requires an adult to accompany any children under the age of 11 for safety reasons.

Teams can enter a group of 5 people, the categories include: adults/corporate, youth (aged 11 – 15 yrs old). family (must include 1 primary school aged child and 1 adult).