The award winning Forrest GrapeRide is the largest and most popular cycling event in the South Island of New Zealand.
Set in the heart of the world renowned wine growing region of Marlborough, it starts and finishes at the award winning winery of Forrest Wines, Renwick.
The standard 101km course is a ride through what can only be described as a picture postcard of some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery. Many believe it to be the nicest 100 plus kilometre course in the world with almost fourty 40km winding through the famous Marlborough Sounds.
There is the shorter 42km 'Taster' course right up to the 202km 'Magnum' to choose from with multiple innovative categories within those distances.
Once riders have completed their ride of choice, it is a case of sitting back and enjoying watching the 100 grape crushing virgins do their stomping of 3 tonne of pinot noir grapes in the huge oat vat or simply sample the various food and wine options as the event builds up to the final prize giving ceremony.
This event has a real focus on fun, fitness, friends and family.
We have now updated the site for the 2015 event. A couple of categories that are missing for 2015 are the 500km and 1000km events. It is a case of the organisers having a break from these energy sapping events. These maybe back for 2016!
MAJOR SPOT TO BE WON FOR 2015 EVENT!
Thanks yet again to Pacific Resort Rarotonga and Mike Pero Real Estate as another lucky person is going take away a trip for two to Rarotonga worth $5000.
Check out what Pacific Resort Rarotonga have got going right at this moment!
‘Pacific Resort Rarotonga on ever popular Muri Beach & Lagoon – currently offering free nights and food & beverage credits......click here for more information’.
The BBQ makers from all BBQ's, Broil King will be giving away their top of the range model plus all the accessories with a total prize package worth $5000.
The late entry fee will begin on Friday the 20th of March at midnight. The online entry system will close down Wednesday the 25th of March at midnight or when we reach our ceiling of 2500 riders! Enter Now!
The late entry fee will kick in at 12 mid-night on Friday the 20th of March if there are entries still available from that date!
Forrest Wines are currently putting together some amazing Forrest Graperide specials that you will be able to pick up at registration or on race day. Information is coming very soon on this!
A big welcome to the family of sponsors to Ricoh and The Copier Company from Nelson. Their joint effort sees them now supporting the 'Speed Bunnies' Men and Women grades along with the newly offered Masters Elite categories.
The cash prize pool for the Ricoh/Copier Company open 'Speed Bunnies' is one of the biggest in the country with $1000 for the top individual and we will be acknowledging placings down to 5th place or 3rd depending on the numbers of entrants in each category.
We only have 4 corporate sites left available on the tennis court of the estate. If you are a business, club, cycling group and want to be away from the masses of lycra clad crowds and looking for extra space to look after your team then send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a site.
We have some really exciting news coming from our recently formed partnership with Outward Bound. Someones life will be changed forever! Watch the space.
As always be seen and safe out there on those highways and byways and make a friend in a motorist! It can be done and we all need to do is try it!
The Grape Gonzo
10am - 9pm: Friday 27 March at Forrest Estate - Access Map Please follow the directions on the access map for Friday and come in to the estate off SH 6. This entrance is about 1 kilometre to the north of Renwick. Once you are registered please carry on out the service lane to Blicks Road as this will ensure there is less congestion on the Forrest Estate main public driveway in from SH 6. A friend can sign for your race pack on your behalf. To avoid any queues where possible we suggest you come out and register outside of the times where lots of people will come like after work and also ferry influx time slots.
6.15am - 9.15am: Saturday 28 March at Forrest Estate (Only for Nelson entrants and genuine late comers)Access Map. There will only be a skeleton crew covering registrations on the Saturday morning. You will not be able to access the SH 6 driveway to the estate. You will need to park your vehicle and come in on one of the many access ways that lead into the venue. You will need a torch if you come in before 7.30am