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 a picture postcard course showcasing some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery. Many believe it to be the nicest 100 plus kilometre course in the world with almost 40km winding through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. After a popular 2016 launch we've brought back the 'Doctors Rest Clinic' stopping at the half way mark at Momorangi Bay. You can choose this option when registering.
For riders who find 101km a little daunting we offer the 42km 'Taster' course. If you missed some of the scenery on lap 1, the 202km 'Magnum' gives you two laps of the course to drink in the marvellous scenery.
Once riders have completed their ride of choice, it is simply a case of sitting back and enjoying the various food and wine options and encouraging those still finishing. Then it's on to the grape crushing virgins stomping grapes in the huge oat vat under the watchful eye of Winemaker Dr John Forrest as the event builds up to the final prize giving ceremony. Join us for a real focus on fun, fitness, friends and family.
Once again we enjoy the status of being the only New Zealand based qualifying event for the UCI Gran Fondo final. Age grades for the 2017 Forrest Graperide align with UCI regulations which are 19-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59,60-64, 65+. We will also be recognising the over 70 and 75 age group riders and there will be Graperide medals for these groups. Riders who make the top 25% automatically qualify for final which will be held in Albi, France in August 2017. If you miss the top 25% don't despair, if someone above you turns down their place in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship the next rider on the list gets an invitation to compete.
*Here is multisport legend Steve Gurney and 72 year old local Marlborough rider, Peter Preddy assisting a grape crushing virgin in the big vat of grapes!
Every year since the very first event back in 2005, riders are chosen to tread grapes in a purpose built oak vat. 2017 will see a change in the style of grape and the treading method. Dr John Forrest will introduce us to the Portuguese style of grape crushing with the guys finally getting their chance to enter the vat along with the girls. Stay in touch for more information on this aspect of the event.
'The Doctors Rest Clinic' was such big hit at 2016 event that it will again be offered to all those riders who want to stop at the half way mark (which just happens to be beautiful Momorangi Bay) and rest their weary bodies. You will be able to take on a coffee, tea, water, muffin and other sources of energy to revive you for the ride back to the venue. The clock will stop for you you get to Momorangi Bay and won't start again till you get back on your bike to finish the remaining 50km! This option is only available to 100 riders.