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The Forrest GrapeRide is now officially the largest cycle event in the South Island, reaching 2,500 registered cyclists in 2010. Forrest Grape Ride 2010 took place in ideal conditions for the race and for the after race dinner with friends and family.
We look forward to seeing all our competitors again next year in 2011! We’re not exaggerating when we suggest you mark your calendars now and register early. See you there, we need 100 grape crushing virgins annually! To register for the next race visit the official Forrest Grape Ride website for more race details: www.GrapeRide.co.nz
The inaugural event in April 2005 attracted just over 900 participants, in 2006 we had 1700 participants, and in 2007 and 2008 we capped the race at 2,500 participants. The Forrest Grape Ride is now the largest cycle event in the South Island. Come see why! Cyclists can compete as individuals or in teams of three for a spot prize pool exceeding $90,000.
We started the tradition of the "100 Virgins" Pinot Noir in 2005, with 100 race participants crushing the fruit underfoot in a huge barrel, and we will carry this on from year to year. If you rode the 2010 event we'll have your bottle of the 2010 "100 Virgins" Pinot Noir waiting for you when you return next year.
The course starts and finishes amongst the vines at Forrest and is divided into three, approximately equal legs. The first leg takes riders through the vineyards of the Wairau Plains to Picton. From there the second leg is a hilly 30km push through the picturesque Queen Charlotte Drive along the edge of the Sounds to Havelock - surely one of the prettiest stretches of water in the world. Then the home stretch, with a fair tail wind to Renwick.