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 & U23 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 5th January 2017 
Registration/Managers Meetings - Venue TBC

4.00pm  Registration (Riders Pack Pickup)
5.00pm Managers Meeting
6.00pm Moto, Photographers, Drivers and Police Meeting
6.30pm Commissaires Meeting 

Friday 6th January 2017
Time Trials - Church Rd Winery

10.00am Elite Women TT
10.40am U23 Men TT
11.40am Elite Men TT
1.30pm Medal Presentation (approx) -  Will take place as soon as possible after final finisher

Saturday 7th January 2017
Women's  Road Race - Marine Parade

10:00am  Elite Women’s RR
2.00pm Medal Presentation (approx) -  Will take place as soon as possible after final finisher

Sunday 8th January 2017
Men’s & U23 Road Race - Marine Parade 

9.00am Elite & U23 Men RR
2.00pm Medal Presentation  (approx) -  Will take place as soon as possible after final finisher

Participation Programme

Traffic Design Group Flying Lap – Friday 6 January 2017

This is your chance to ride the same course as the Elite Riders with a flying lap starting at 9.00am. Limited to 30 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. 


Tineli Gran Fondo (Open to all non-Elite riders) - Saturday 7 January 2017.

More Details to come!



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