RIDE CYCLING FESTIVAL 2022

START GROUPS

The New Zealand Gran Fondo will be split into several start groups based on your expected time to complete the course, it is very important that you select the group best suited to you and riding ability.

Please check your average speed from the 2021 event (if you took part) and use that as your guide to your start group. There will be wave start within each start group if there is in excess of 50 riders entered in that group. Ie. 130 riders will be split into 50, 50 30. It is very important for not only your safety but the safety of all riders that you start in the appropriate start group, please see below.

Grassroots Trust Gran Fondo – 165km Event

Start Time for Group 1 will be 9:00am with the rest of the groups to follow at 2 minute intervals apart from the early group at 8am.

GROUP 1

Under
4hr 20

GROUP 2

4hr 20
to 4hr 30

GROUP 3

4hr 30
to 4hr 45

GROUP 4

4hr 45
to 5hr 00

GROUP 5

5hr 00
to 5hr 20

GROUP 6

5hr 20
to 5hr 40

GROUP 7

5hr 40
to 6hr 00

GROUP 8

Early Group
start at
8.00am*

*If expected time is over 6 hours

EVENT CUT OFF

Mid Point CUT OFF – 126km – You must have reached this point of the ride by 1:30pm.
If you are starting in the early Group at 8am this is 23km per hour average or if you start at 9am its 28km per hour average.
Riders who do not make it to this point by 1:30pm will not be able to complete the course.

GJ Gardner Midi Fondo – 87km Event

Start Time 9:30am for Group 1 then 2 minutes apart.

GROUP 1

Under
2hr 20

GROUP 2

2hr 20
to 2hr 30

GROUP 3

2hr 30
to 2hr 40

GROUP 4

Under
2hr 40
to 3hr 00

GROUP 5

3hr
plus

Fosters Corto Fondo – 18km Event

Start Time 10:00am.

GROUP 1

Under
50 min

GROUP 2

50 min
to 1hr 10

GROUP 3

1hr 10
plus