After careful consideration, the team behind the Whitehaven GrapeRide have made the decision to redate the event for 24 April 2021. Speaking on behalf of the event, director Duncan Mackenzie said “our original intent to launch the harvest season with a two wheeled celebration brought uncertainty in introducing a number of non-essential visitors to the region at a critical time for the grape industry. The past month has been a reminder of the current global uncertainty and the reality that New Zealand’s situation can change at any time. By shifting our date to the end of harvest we retain the regional benefits from the event while protecting a major facet of the economic lifeblood of our region.” Read the full press 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 24th April 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.