Event Information

Great Race, Great Day Out!

This amazing event is different than any other bike race because you can't do what you can in this event any other day of the week.

On Saturday the 25th of February 2017 you will ride across the Rakaia River Bridge with up to 1,000 other cyclists all at once, the peloton will be approximately 1 kilometre long and will be in a controlled start until you have crossed the Rakaia River Bridge and the Rakaia Overhead Bridge on State Highway One.

You will then travel west another 50 kilometres until you reach the Rakaia Gorge. You will then cross the two river bridges and climb out of the Gorge to Mt Hutt Station then return to the township of Rakaia.

What a day out, you'll start outside Salmon Tales beside the massive Salmon, then experience the 1.8km  River crossing with hundreds of other riders.

Then experience the scenic Rakaia Gorge and the climb out of it too Mt Hutt Station. Then the fast ride back to Rakaia.

Prize giving will now be held at the South Rakaia Hotel. All riders will receive a beverage on return of their transponder at the bar.

Coffee will be available at the start of the race at Salmon World and at the end of the Race at the Finish Line.  Food will be available at the South Rakaia Hotel. 

Prize giving will be approximately 30 minutes after the last competitor, this will be around 2.00pm.

Cycling tops can be purchased, please check our Apparel Tab for details and sizing. You will receive an email from us when you enter so please let us know your order ASAP so we can have it on race day for you.

Check out our Clydesdale section for men and women, this is for men 100kgs and women 75kgs plus.

Following numerous requests we have a Mountain Bike Race, you can enter either the road race or mountain bike race.  This is the same course everything is the same except you're on a mountain bike.

Ride the Bridge: Recreation ride approximately 22k's starting at Salmon Tales crossing the amazing Rakaia Bridge and riding up the River Terrace Road to the Finish. Great ride and having the experience of the bridge crossing "truly amazing". We'll be arranging a bus for the Recreational Riders to get back to Rakaia so you don't have to ride across the bridge with all the traffic.

If you haven't entered yet make sure you register for our newsletter and we'll keep you up to date, but don't hesitate with your entry as we may have to restricted entries as we only have 15 minutes from when the South bound traffic is stopped until the last rider is across the bridge.

This is a great scenic 102 km ride starting at 8.00am just 55 km's from Christchurch, if you're from Christchurch you don't have to worry about accommodation or getting transport from point A to B, the start finish is in the same location "Rakaia".

What a race and what a day out!

Join us on Facebook and you'll get up to date details as they come to hand.

At this stage race packs will be available at Salmon Tales only on race day between 6.30am and 7.30am.

Entries close 12 noon Thursday 23 February 2017.

Look forward to seeing you all on 25 February 2017.

John Moore Race Director


"Let’s do what the salmon can’t do, ride across, up, across and then back down the river all in one day"