“CYCLE THE GOLDEN MILE”
New, community cycle event comes to Wellington this summer
A truly unique opportunity to cycle along the smooth lanes of Lambton Quay will be available to those in Wellington this summer, thanks to the creation of a new, fun cycling event.
Cycle the Golden Mile is an opportunity for cyclists of all ages and abilities to bike along Lambton Quay in the heart of Wellington’s CBD on Sunday, 17th January 2021. With roads already closed off to traffic ahead of the fifth and final stage of the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic, Race Director Jorge Sandoval is partnering with SPLASH collaborators to host a fun, family friendly cycling event that will get everyone’s wheels spinning. The New Zealand Cycle Classic will be the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) sanctioned multi-day race to be held in Oceania in January 2021 and will be held in Wairarapa and Wellington from January 13th – 17th.
“Cycling enthusiasts of all ages in the Capital City Wellington this summer will have a rare chance to cycle up and down Lambton Quay, known locally as the Golden Mile, in a new fun, family friendly cycling event,” says Sandoval. “Whether they’re riding a trike, a mountain bike, BMX or road bike, Cycle the Golden Mile is a great opportunity for cyclists to experience the excitement and razzmatazz associated with large scale road cycling events.”
Beginning at 10am, there will be three, fun Children’s Criterium races followed by a Celebrity Criterium featuring a who’s who of Wellington’s leading figures. In addition, there will be two races for club riders – one aimed at category one and the other at category two road cyclists.
All Cycle the Golden Mile fun races will follow the same 1.1km circuit that begins and finishes at Midland Park. This circuit heads south down Lambton Quay before doing a tight hair pin corner back north up Lambton Quay before turning right into Balance Street and into Stout Street before heading back down Lambton Quay.
“With the roads already closed off to traffic due to the final stage of the NZ Cycle Classic later in the day, participants can have a lot of fun and be cheered on by their friends and family on the sidelines,” says Sandoval.
Afterwards, participants can remain on the Quay and soak up the festive atmosphere as New Zealand’s elite road cyclists race the same circuit for their final chance to be crowned New Zealand Cycle Classic champion.
“This is the first time in 10 years, the fifth and final stage of the New Zealand Cycle Classic will be held in Wellington and we are hoping for a big crowd to support our top riders in action. Long-time Wellingtonians will fondly remember when the Tour was first held in Wellington in 1988 and then, the last time in 2011 when it was won by a young George Bennett who has gone on to achieve great things, most notably racing in this year’s Tour de France,” says Sandoval.
Cycle the Golden Mile and the 2021 NZ Cycle Classic and Cycle the Golden Mile are able to take place thanks to the generous support from Trust House, Wellington City Council, Mobile Communications Service, Wizwireless, Fagan Motors, Mitre 10 Mega Masterton, Tineli and Lion Foundation plus all three Wairarapa District Councils.
More information about Cycle the Golden Mile, including registration information and entry fees can be found at;
What: Cycle the Golden Mile
When: Sunday, 17th January 2021
First race begins at 10am
Where: Lambton Quay, Wellington city
Why? It’s not everyday cyclists of all ages and abilities can race their bikes or trikes along Lambton Quay … so grab this opportunity while you can! With the roads closed off to traffic because of the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic being held at 1.30pm, warm up the road by participating in a series of fun races. You may even win a special prize.
10am: Kids Criterium
Under 5's 400m criterium
5 to 9-years 1km criterium (1 lap of the NZCC circuit)
10 to 12-years 2km criterium (2 laps of the NZCC circuit)
10.30am: Celebrity Capital Criterium: Watch your favourite sport stars, politicians, and musicians complete laps in this entertaining Criterium. While these guys and gals are stars off the tarmac, will they be stars on it?
11.30am: Capital Criterium for competitive and more serious club riders. A 30-minute plus one-lap Criterium for category one club riders. Field open to men and women.
12.15pm: Capital Criterium for social club riders. A 30-minute plus one-lap Criterium for category two club riders. Field open to men and women.
12.45 – 1.15pm: Free Wheeling along the Quay: Jump on your bike, scooter or trike and take the time to cycle along Lambton Quay while it is closed to traffic.
1.30pm: Fifth and Final stage of the UCI 2.2 NZ Cycle Classic
2.45pm: Official UCI 2.2 NZ Cycle Classic presentations including the Yellow Jersey.