Southland has a strong and illustrious history in two wheeled activity! BikeFest Southland is a celebration of this and brings together a calendar crammed full with bike related events, from elite cycling and community bike rides to films and more.
With numerous cycling trails & tracks and a world Class Velodrome - Southland is the place to be for all cycling fans!
Iconic Cycling Events
The Oceania Track Championships is 4 day international event and is the highest ranked international Championships in track cycling after the UCI World Championships. The Championships form part of the two-year Olympic qualifying cycle ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, giving riders from the Oceania region the opportunity to secure qualifying points. This world-class event will attract elite international athletes to Invercargill to compete, giving locals a special chance to watch this high level of competition.
In its 63rd year, the iconic SBS Bank Tour of Southland is recognised internationally as a highly regarded gruelling multi-stage cycle Tour. The Tour engages Southland communities by taking the fast and colourful cycling action to the sport-loving people of the region. The eight stage road cycling event races throughout the southern region, and includes a stage into Fiordland, takes on the Devil's Staircase before finishing on Coronet Peak.
The Yunca Junior Tour of Southland is regarded as one of Australasia’s leading junior cycle races that caters for cyclists from under 13 to 19 years of age. First introduced to Southland back in 1984, the Yunca Tour continues to go grow and attracts more than 100 riders from throughout New Zealand and Australia. It has been a catalyst for many young riders’ cycling careers with several previous winners having gone on to represent their countries at the highest level of international competition.
Fun for the whole Family
There are plenty of events that are fun for the whole family throughout October and November.
On October 5 bring the kids along to the Invercargill Plunket Community Bike Day or attend the Pedal Pushers Social Rides every Sunday in October.
Discover the region’s amazing countryside and have a go at the Out West Kids Tryathlon on October 20. Take the kids along to Cycle and Celebrate on the 24th of November and cycle parts of the Around the Mountain Cycle Trail.
For something a little bit different head along to Teretonga Raceway and support the Heart Kids Southland for the first ever Heart Kids Bingo Ride on November 24.
Various cycling clubs around Southland host regular trainings or meet-ups.
The Southland BMX Club hosts a Club Training every Monday and Racing every Friday, for more info contact the club here: http://www.southlandbmxclub.co.nz/
Every Tuesday the Mountain Bike Club hosts a Ride, contact them for more info: http://www.southlandmtbclub.co.nz/
Wednesday Worlds is an event hosted by Cycling Southland, contact them for more info: https://www.cyclingsouth.org.nz/