A truly unique opportunity to cycle the smooth lanes of Lambton Quay (Golden Mile), in the heart of Wellington this summer. With roads closed to traffic on Sunday, 17 January 2021, Cycle the Golden Mile is an opportunity for cyclists of all ages and abilities, and on all styles of bikes, to ride along Lambton Quay.
There is a fun Kid’s Criterium, a Celebrity Criterium featuring a who’s who of Wellington’s leading figures and two races for club riders.
Afterwards, line Lambton Quay and soak up the festive atmosphere as New Zealand’s elite road cyclists race the fifth and final stage of the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic. This will be a thrilling Criterium held on the same city streets followed by the presentation of the coveted Yellow Jersey to the Tour winner and overall classification jerseys from the previous four days of racing in the Wairarapa.
This is the first time in ten years that the New Zealand Cycle Classic has been held in Wellington, so come along and enjoy a wheely fun day out along the City’s Golden Mile. It is also the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) sanctioned multi-day race to be held in Oceania in January 2021.
Cycle the Golden Mile
Sunday 17 January 2021
Lambton Quay, Wellington
Starts from 10am
10.00am: Kids Criterium
It’s not everyday children can race their bikes or trikes along Lambton Quay… so grab this opportunity while you can! With the roads closed to traffic, three races will be held to cater for different age groups.
Spot prizes. Participation ribbons. Medal presentation will be on the official cycling podium following the 'social club riders' race.
Entry: $10 plus booking fees
10.30am: Celebrity Capital Criterium
Watch our 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?
Medal & jersey presentation will be on the official cycling podium following the 'social club riders' race.
11.30am: Capital Criterium; competitive and serious club riders
A 30-minute plus one-lap Criterium for category one club riders. Field open to men and women.
Entry: $20 plus booking fees
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.
Don't belong to a club? Don't worry you can still enter. These are fun rides and you don't need a licence. Just pick the appropriate race that suits your skill level.
Entry: $20 plus booking fees
Spot prizes. Medal presentation on official cycling podium following the 'social club riders' race.
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 New Zealand Cycle Classic
2.45pm: Official New Zealand Cycle Classic presentations
Please note for Covid-19 contact tracing purposes all participants of the races must register before the event and we encourage you to scan the event QR code, using the official NZ Covid Tracer App.