Spectators' Safety Top Tips!

Riders regularly reach speeds in excess of 60 km/h and 100 km/h on a downhill run. These safety top tips are for you to have the most fun and for everyone to stay safe.

  • Plan your journey and consider all travel options available to you
  • If you need to drive on a circuit, please drive in the same direction as the race or you might be asked to stop and wait for a while by the police
  • Check here for road closures (coming soon)
  • Arrive at your chosen spectating spot at least 30 minutes before the race is due to arrive
  • Get involved as a spectator
    • Bring a picnic and enjoy the setting even before and after the race has gone past
    • Bring drums, bells, musical instruments; anything to make heaps of noise!
    • Fancy dress is good too!
  • Please take your litter home with you. The NZ Cycle Classic is showcasing the best of Wairarapa scenery and Wellington city to the world, so please respect your surroundings
  • Be prepared for all weather conditions! Waiting for the riders you might need waterproofs or hopefully sun cream!

A safe race does have some rules

  • Always obey the instructions of police and motorcycle escort marshals, volunteer marshals and race staff
  • Please do not bring your dog. Dogs and high speed cyclists really do not mix well

General safety tips

  • Riders travel at high speeds and can't swerve or stop suddenly
  • Riders use both sides of the road including the edges
  • Do not stand on the road
  • Do not attempt to touch riders
  • Do not hold objects in the path of riders during the race e.g. selfie sticks, flags, signs
  • Do not leave or throw any object onto the road
  • Listen for advance warnings from race officials and race commentators
  • Monitor children and prams at all times. Prams should not be left by the edge of the road
  • Keep pets on a leash and well back from the road at all times