In light of the rapid global spread of the COVID-19 virus, organisers of the iconic Marlborough cycling event, the Whitehaven GrapeRide have rescheduled the event to Saturday February 27th 2021. Announcing the decision today, event director Duncan Mackenzie said “we established the event with the aim of improving community physical activity and well-being through cycling. To proceed in the current climate would be contrary to the principles on which the event was founded”. Mackenzie advised that all entries will be rolled over to the rescheduled date when he looked forward to welcoming new and returning riders to Marlborough for the 16th edition of the ride. Read the full release here.
Whitehaven is thrilled to be the new sponsor of popular cycling event the Whitehaven GrapeRide, held every year in sunny Marlborough. The Whitehaven GrapeRide is a fun and unique cycling event through Marlborough's best spots including the Marlborough Sounds. The GrapeRide has three routes to choose from with something for everyone:
THE CLASSIC GRAPERIDE AND MAGNUM - starting and finishing at Vines Village this route takes you through the scenic Marlborough Sounds for the Classic 101km loop or the Magnum, two laps for a full 202km loop.
THE TASTER - a snippet of the classic, the Taster is a 42km loop focusing on the fun.
THE MOUNTAIN BIKE - your choice of either a 21km or 42km jaunt through varied features of the Wairau river bed taking in beautiful views up the Wairau valley and across the plains to the Southern Valleys.
THE KIDS RIDE - the inaugural kids ride for those 12 and under. The kids ride is a fun, 5km loop to the Wairau river stop bank and through adjacent vineyards. Parents, grandparents and carers are welcome to accompany their kids for the ride.
Whitehaven views advocacy for the Marlborough region and giving back to the region as an important part of its focus on being 100% Marlborough. “Being a family owned and operated business means that creating positive impacts on our community is vitally important to us” says Whitehaven Co-founder and Managing Director Sue White, “we see the Whitehaven Grape Ride as a way to promote inclusivity of communities, sustainable choices and a focus on health and keeping active”.
Join us and the GrapeRide team on 27th February 2021 for a fantastic day out, with plenty of options to get involved and be a part of the action. All at a brand new start and finish venue to boot! Visit the GrapeRide wesbite.