An exciting sprint finish in the centre of Cambridge was the perfect conclusion to RIDE’s five-days of cycling festivities.

New Zealander Aaron Gate, riding for EVO Pro Racing, won the overall Grassroots Trust New Zealand Cycle Classic title while more than a thousand people enjoyed and participated in the week’s various events.

The Three Peaks Manuka Honey RIDE: New Zealand’s Cycling Festival was initiated by well-known local businessman and philanthropist Simon Perry.

“I’m passionate about this region and know that cycling is a wonderful way to explore our stunning landscapes – while at the same time gaining enormous health benefits. The RIDE Festival is a way to combine those two things and hopefully inspire people to get out there on their bikes and explore – I personally believe there’s no better way to keep fit, spend time with friends and family – and quite simply, to have fun!”, said Mr Perry.

Mr Perry continued “We had no idea what to expect in terms of spectators but were blown away by the crowds, particularly at the Good George Maunga Madness atop Maungakawa and at the final Party in the Park – both events attracted more than 500 people. The feedback from the Grassroots Trust New Zealand Cycle Classic riders was overwhelmingly positive – the crowds with their cow bells lining the roads meant a lot to them.”

The Grassroots Trust New Zealand Cycle Classic Race Director Jorge Sandoval also said he was thrilled, “I’m very happy with how everything went the whole week up here in the new location of Waipa, (it) has been fantastic. The hospitality has been warm, the racing exciting and great to see so many spectators,” said Sandoval.

The New Zealand Cycle Classic celebrated its 32nd Anniversary this year. After being staged in the Wairarapa for the last three years it was staged entirely in and around the surrounds of Waipā.

RIDE is an annual event; details of the 2020 event to be released over the coming months.

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