The Elite Road National Championship is New Zealand’s premier national road cycling event, attracting New Zealand’s top professional road cyclists all vying for the coveted National Jersey.

Hosted by Napier City Council, the event includes three days of intense racing including time trials and road races for Elite & U23 grades Men and Elite Women. The highly anticipated Elite Men's Race is on the final day which culminates in a spectacular finish, which is supported by large crowds of spectators over Napier Hill and finishes on the beach front of Napier’s famous Marine Parade.

The event continues to establish itself as the highlight of the New Zealand road cycling calendar for riders and fans. Each year the event continues to develop into not only a cycling race but a festival of events.

Part of the Hawkes Bay Summer Cycling Carnival the event also offers participation rides so everyone can get into the action!  So whether you are looking to compete as an Elite or Recreational rider or to take part by viewing the action live, there's something for everyone!

Elite Programme

Thursday 7th January  
Registration/Managers Meetings - Wat Memorial Conference Centre, Marine Parade

3.00pm  Registration (Riders Pack Pickup)
5.00pm Managers Meeting
6.00pm Moto/Photo Meeting
6.00pm Commissaires Meeting 

Friday 8th January 
Time Trials - Church Rd Winery

10.00am Elite Women TT
11.00am U23 Men TT
12.00pm Elite Men TT
2:00pm Medal Presentation

Saturday 9th January  
Women's  Road Race - Marine Parade

10:00am  Elite Women’s RR
2.30pm Medal Presentation

Sunday 10th January
Men’s & U23 Road Race - Marine Parade 

9.00am Elite & U23 Men RR
2.30pm Medal Presentation 

Participation Programme

Traffic Design Group Flying Lap – Friday 8 January 2016

This is your chance to ride the same course as the Elite Riders with a flying lap starting at 9.00am. Limited to 50 riders.  Riders will start at 1 minute intervals. There will be a cash prizes available for the fastest time and the rider closest to Event Manager “estimate” time, plus other prizes available. Entry fee $40 limited to 50 entries.


Tineli Gran Fondo - Saturday 9 January 2016.

Starting right behind the Elite Women this is a chance for supporters to ride the hill circuit for up to approx. 90 minutes before the Elite Women return. All entries will get a Tineli cycling top which must be worn during the event. Entry fee $90 limited to 80 entries.


Entries open soon.


Sponsors & Partners

Thank you to all our Sponsors - click here


Experience another side of the event and register to Volunteer! Click here for details