Ride the Rakaia Bike Race - 2015 Date yet to be announced
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 1st of March 2014 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 on State Highway One and the Rakaia Overhead Bridge.
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 1.8k 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 in Rakaia. There will be sponsors products available. All riders will receive a beverage on return of their transponder at the South rakaia Hotel.
We'll have food vendors to keep you all well nourished at the finish line and the South Rakaia will have food available.
Prize giving will be approximately 30 minutes after the last competitor. We have an amazing list of spot prizes and this is increasing all the time.
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.
We have a King and Queen of the Gorge cycling jersey "Polka Dot Jersey" and Winners "Yellow Jersey" Men's and Women's.
This year we have a number of options for teams in the Heartland Ricoh team section, teams of 3 riders, all 3 riders combined times will be taken, and these team riders are also in the individual race as well, so get 3 of you together and make up a team.
Check out our Clydesdale section for men and women, this is for men 100kgs and women 75kgs plus.
This year we're introducing a Mountain Bike Race after numerous requests, so 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.
PLUS PLUS PLUS new Event. Recreation ride approximatley 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 truley 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 acroiss 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!
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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 Wednesday 26th February 2014.
Look forward to seeing you all on 1 March 2014.
Make sure you enter both Ride the Rakaia and Around Brunner and qualify for the Mini Series, experience two fantastic races, one on the East Coast and the other on the West Coast of the South Island.
John Moore Race Director