Categories and Stages

What to Enter

Meet the Challenge

You can take on the whole challenge on a road or mountain bike as an individual, or tackle the event in bite-size chunks in a two-person team. Teams-of-two do one half each and change at Little River Domain.

In 2016 we introduced Le Race Petite and it's back again! But this year bigger and better! This is the perfect event for those not quite ready for the full 100km traditional Le Race course. Starting at 8:05am in Cathedral Square, the course follows the same route as the full length Le Race, but ends at Little River. This event has all the same features as Le Race, including timing, spot prizes and entertainment. The Wairewa Pa Road finish line allows those who want to sprint the finish line to be able to, then walk your bike back to the Little River Domain for coffee, food outlets and entertainment before prize giving commences. Click here to enter this great event! (Must be 14 or over at event date)

If you like to stand out from the crowd, there is a prize for best costume!


Go you good thing - do the whole 100km!

Le Race Petite - Continued in 2018!

Starting in Cathedral Square, the course follows the same route as the full length Le Race, but ends at Little River for a total distance of 53km. (Must be 14 or over at event date). Click here for more info


Grab a buddy and a bike with 2 seats (and 2 crank sets) and do Le Race on a Tandem.

Relais 2

Take on half each - challenge a friend, neighbour or work colleague to team up with you.

Ensemble 4

Just like the New Zealand Pursuit Team, get three friends together and compete as a team with each member going the full distance. Your combined individual times give the overall team time and placing. As a bonus, you'll get to compete as an individual as well - so you'll be in two categories.

Mountain Bike Challenge

(Individual Only and Gender Specific only, no age group categories)

Grab your mountain bike and ride a true mountain stage. You must have 26" or 29" wheels and mountain bike handle bars to be eligible. Tyres MUST be 1.25 inches or 32 mm in width or greater.


Rider must be 100kg or more (without the bike)

Team Stages- Relais 2

Stage One - the bunch part
Cathedral Square to Little River. Approx 55km.

Stage Two - the really long hill part
The Little River Domain to the Finish line. Approx 45km.

King and Queen of the Mountain

This challenge is in the best tradition of the Tour de France. The King and Queen of the Mountain will be determined by points won on two key hill climbs in the race - the climb up to the Sign of the Kiwi and the long climb up to the Hilltop. The winners of the King and Queen of the Mountain will each win $250.

Envormation Vintage Cup

Enter the age of your bike frame and be in with a chance to win a cool trophy! 
While it helps to have an older bike, this one is open to all riders (except relais). The winner will
be determined based on a combination of bike frame age and race time.


Age Groups

Male 15-16 Male Under 17 yrs
Male 17-34 Open Men 17-34 yrs
Male 35-44 Master 1 Men 35-44 yrs
Male 45-54 Master 2 Men 45-54 yrs
Male 55-64 Master 3 Men 55-64 yrs
Male 65-74 Master 4 Men 65-74 yrs
Male 75-99 Master 5 Men 75 yrs +

Female 15-16 Women Under 17 yrs
Female 17-34 Open Women 17-34 yrs
Female 35-44 Master 1 Women 35-44 yrs
Female 45-54 Master 2 Women 45-54 yrs
Female 55-64 Master 3 Women 55-64 yrs
Female 65-99 Master 4 Women 65 yrs +

Point System

Note: If two people finish with the same number of points, whoever placed higher on Section 2 will win. 

For more info on the prizes available please visit Les Prizes.