Tour of New Zealand
8 Days of Riding through Heartland NZ
"The Tour of NZ was one of the best sporting events that I've ever been associated with. It was such a great way to see the country, make new friends and be challenged by the competitive spirit on each stage." Bruce Edgar New Zealand Opening Batsman.
I loved my time covering this amazing event and can't wait to return in 2017. The hardest decision for the riders is which island to cycle!
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Image text provided by the one and only Tour of New Zealand organiser Peter Yarrell.
Tour of New Zealand Champion Systems riding kit available on line. You too can dress like this!
Don’t loose your bike.
Stewart Island and the local police dog sniffing for drugs.
Guess who sponsored our Stewart Island Entrant on Tour (and went on to win her category)?
700 kms ahead and the start line record history on camera.
Best dressed team on tour.
Stewart Island behind and Wellington ahead.
Paul Crop leads the one hundred and fifty competitors.
Seven degrees and bare legs… rolling through Bluff.
Autumn and the Remarkable mountain range.
A nervous wait.
Riding through heaven.
A roller coaster ride towards Lake Wakatipu.
Diamonds in the Lake.
Queenstown here we come at 50kph..blessed downhills.
No snow today.
The Hub from Hawkes Bay powering on.
Jacks Point Finish on Day 1.
Packed up and ready to go to the peloton party!
Come on Shannon it isn’t that cold.
Oh to be on the North Island course.
Crown range on day two on the South Island course.
Almost over the top!
Oh the relief heading down 1000 kms to Wanaka, just one more hill!!!
Who said cyclists can’t pass cars?
Autumn willows around Wanaka.
The sun gives the mountains a wake up kiss.
Help is always at hand with Dylan.
Downers our traffic management stars and a bit of down trou!
Team Well Hung and Tender.
High in the southern Alps.
Team True Oak.
Alone yet captivated and in awe.
The magical ride to Omarama on Stage three.
Lindis Pass rediscovered.Who would travel by car?
Bunch riding in paradise.
10km to Omarama.
Freezing? Now that wasn’t expected.
And we didn’t need chains!
The joys of downhill.
Mckenzie country icon church Lake Tekapo.
Day four and heading north from Tekapo
That guy in front is letting off some steam.
Most people reside in safe pastures, fenced in like us sheep! Tour riders have escaped the mundane and predictable!
Let me catch up…please.
I said let me catch up...get it.
Okay I will wait.
See it was worth it.
They breed them tough at Ricoh.
So you ride as well as organise this Pete?
Day five on the North Island course and Mt Ngarahoe.
And I told them back in the office that I was having a tough ride! I could ride 500 miles more.
Charity Tearfund team buddying up.
Avanti mechanic Renee's office.
Riders this morning aren’t the only ones “smoking”
Stage five and North Island course takes a breath before 135 kms of downhill to Whanganui.
Farewell you glorious Chateau. What a night!
Thank you Honda New Zealand.
Morning stage finish at tiny Pipiriki coming up.
Shadows of pedal power.
Raetihi at rush hour.
Cycle trails don’t get much better than this.
Our mobile homes and Race HQ for the day.
Team Akina raised $40,000 for Bikes in Schools.
Whanganui here we come.
Warm, fast and fun.
Last major hill into Whanganui. Gentle Annie…sure.
Some old cars around here somewhere.
Speed in the bush.
Whanganui…where are you?
All the fun of the peleton coming together.
Oh the benefits of draughting.
Whanganui river, we should have rafted this!
River road takes us through early NZ history.
No 219. Rachel Cope
Those hands restore my muscles.
Team Tearfund on the start line day seven.
Last stage and off to Masterton.
Dineen showed us her amazing courage after a nasty crash on the last stage.
It's tough at the front.
Time to smile.
Team Unicorn raised $135,000 amongst their 35 riders.
The ride to Masterton journeys through idylic farm roads.
Now he looks tired! Will he make the podium?
Tail winds and flying
Heartland New Zealand.
The moss on these hand crafted fence posts reflect great New Zealand Pioneering spirit.
Celebrating the last days riding.
And some riders even had the energy to ride to the celebrations/prize giving!
Rewards follow eight days of adventure.
NZ Cricket legend, Bruce Edgar wins the $24,000 Honda and spontaneously donates it to the TearFund charity.
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