Another fabulous event, back starting in Cathedral Square it was truly stunning day and largest field since the Earthquakes - what a race, what a day and what an event! Thanks so much to all involved and a special thanks to all of our fantastic Sponsors - we could not have done it without you all – great team effort thanks:
Coffee Culture have been involved with Le Race for 17 years now as a sponsor – and past three years taken the top spot of naming rights – they are great sponsors so thanks - you run your Tour De Coffee Culture competition throughout all your stores providing great hype for to the run up to Le Race, decorating all the shops with Le Race bunting, posters everywhere providing lots of hype around the event – we thank you so much.
They also supplied some superb spot prizes, free coffee for all riders in their race packs which were redeemed Akaroa. To all of the Coffee Culture stores out there, you have helped tremendously promoting the event, whilst serving great coffee. You have been a delight to work with – but special thanks goes to Sach and Kristie Forgerty who organised everything leading up to the event - Thank You!!!
Darryn, Rosie and Craig and the team thanks so much for getting behind the event – you guys are great to work with even if we did take over your shop for race pack pick up!Thanks also for providing that flash Specialized road bike as a major spot prize – thanks!!! Your Specialized concept store is truly stunning! What a pleasure it was to work in such a great space!
What can I say – you totally embraced this event from the start and followed through – to think that Stephen Kelly (General Manager) has gone from never riding road bikes to completing the 100km this year was a true testament to his determination to make this sponsorship work – the team at Miles Continental, Ash, Mark and Steve were truly the best to work along side, leveraging their sponsorship every inch of the way – and as for the Skoda cars we had buzzing about for past 6mths this week Barb and Sheree have to say good bye and its going to be hard to say goodbye to such amazing cars!!!! Thank you to the team at Miles Continental – Skoda!
Well the promotion we have had via The Christchurch Press for the past six months has been phenomenal!
I do not think here has been one week in the last 6mths which did not see Le Race advertised! What else can we say but THANK YOU!
Simon Carter and your team thanks and next year we will see you on the start line!
What a great radio station to have on board and supplying Le Race with some great coverage over your stations and this year we started our on air promotion 6 months out. Thanks Tim!
The support from Simon and Rosa is phenomenal. These guys are great to work, come with enthusiasm and new ideas – With the introduction to the Pure Drink Station on course – we know we have lots of happy riders out there who were able to purchase premade bottle of Pure on route without having any hassle - what a great idea team and the feedback we are receiving is amazing.
This product is top of the game, for more information and to see their great new flavours please visit their website www.drinkpure.co.nz
A big thank you to our supporting partner Akaroa Promotions. What a great help you have been to Le Race in supplying us with great accommodation deals, information to help us plan the event on the other side & all of the Akaroa communities help. A huge thanks also for the Akaroa Prize Package you provided for a spot prize. We really wouldn’t have done a lot of this event without your guidance. Hollie you have been a gem!
New to the event this year was Les Mills – loved the kids Born to Move fitness class at Akaroa – how cute was that with all the kids involved. Thanks so much
Martin Ross is huge supporter of Road Cycling, nice to see his sponsored riders on stage – and his supports stretches to cycling events as well – thanks Ross for the Eftpos machines!
Mark – thanks! Your team can turn around jobs so fast – from printing tee shirts to signage to race bibs – nothing was ever an issue no job too big or small! Thanks Mark and Jessica job well done and love working with you all. Thanks
A huge thank you to Phil at Pasta Vera for the most amazing fresh pasta in New Zealand!
Every rider got bag of freshly made pasta – and he even put the Le Race logo on every bag just for us! Thanks Phil and next year we will see you on the start line!
Thanks to Greg and the team at Photo and Video International – thanks for that amazing camera you gave away as early entry prize – next year we will see you ride Le Race!
Ivan Jones – huge thanks to you for supporting with those amazing Smiths Overtake Helmets and Area Glasses as prizes on stage – two sets both valued at $700 each – thanks!
Mark Santy and the team at Meadow Mushrooms have been a pleasure to work with. They supplied & delivered those fresh mushrooms, put within the bulging race packs. Not to mention the hard work from Mark cooking those free BBQ mushroom sandwiches down at the finish line – went down like a treat! Thank you so much Meadow Mushrooms – Mark you cooked all those Mushroom Sandwiches with the help of your daughter and son so thank you so much.
You have supplied thousands of bananas within your race packs, not to mention the tons of bananas supplied at the finish line. Thanks Jeff Neumann and the whole team from MG and Dole.
Jill – even though you could not be there and you had few things on your mind you still managed to organised the great gourmet lunches each day for our team – between you and I think we get the students back each event because of the lunches!!!! And the best hot cross buns were given to every rider as they finished the race – huge Thanks Jill
Thanks Brad for sending down all the tasty muesli bars that went into the race bags and kept the crew fuelled on race day – and nice to see you down this year ! Good luck in Australia
A special thanks to Lion Nathan and Scott Mackenzie for providing all the Lindauer bubbles for the prize winners. I’m sure all winners will be happy celebrating in style with a glass of Lindauer.
Dave, Tim and the team at Tineli were back again this year, the effort you had to go to to get the kit on time to the event was unbelievable !!! No one but us will ever know ohh and DHL!
Where would be without Richard organising the transport of the containers with the gates in them to and from Akaroa for us. Couldn’t have done it without you!
Thanks Todd you support is truly appreciated – pity you were at the event on crutches, next year we will see you on the start line!
A major thank you to Ralph, Debs & the team These guys run some amazing cycling guided tours so make sure you check them out at http://globalcyclingadventures.com/ or Tel: 0800 829 933. Next year we will have the most amazing trip to give away on stage at the prize giving – watch this space!
Not only did Paul compete on Saturday in a team but he also won the two person relay section in Le Race – he was going to race the 100km but decided to team up with one of his clients – great work Paul. Thanks for the prize sure that the winner will be loving all the handy tips!
Richard Greer organised all the themed Bunch Police which included himself ohh and Reta Trotman! Last year’s winner and former Commonwealth Games road rider – these guys make it happen - the bunch police who were out and about looking after you on the ride to make it safe for all! Thanks very much Richard you are 100% reliable and also for providing some great training tips and videos to help prepare our competitors for Le Race. Also thanks for the training package you gave away on stage. If you are wanting some winter training tips check out their website – www.completeperformance.co.nz
Thanks to each and every supporter mentioned above – look forward to next year for another successful event on Saturday 19th March 2016.
Sheree Stevens and the team
Tailwind Events (2015) Ltd
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