Tour de Aotearoa

Two of the country’s most popular riding events for road cycling in New Zealand were in April 2013.

Riding in a bunch took on a new meaning in Marlborough on Saturday 6 April at the Grape Ride, the South Island’s biggest recreational road cycling event.

Bluebridge was again proud to sponsor the classic event, which traverses a 101km or 42km circuit through picture perfect scenery. We would like to thank all the North Island entrants who travelled with us there and back!

If the Grape Ride got you fizzing, two weeks later was the ride of truly epic proportions - the Tour of New Zealand. In this two-wheeled traverse of Godzone, you can start at Cape Reinga or Bluff, and you don’t stop until you’ve run out of land to ride over. Thankfully, there’s no need to do it all yourself - cycling the length of New Zealand may call for a team effort.

We do our best to walk the talk at Bluebridge so as well as sponsoring the Tour of New Zealand, six of our employees from both the North and the South islands entered!

This amazing race is open to recreational and competitive cyclists and given that Cook Strait is smack bang in the middle of it, naturally we offer great rates for competitors.

The race started on Saturday 20 April and the finish was celebrated in Wellington on 27 April 2013, with North and South Island riders meeting for a final blast through Parliament grounds. The Tour wouldn’t be possible without all the wonderful help from supporters and volunteers – so big ups everyone, we can’t wait to do it all again next year!