SRAM Tour de Ranges is coming up in January and is under new ownership after being taken over by Nduro Events earlier this year.
2019 is the 10th anniversary of the cycling event and is looking to be a big year, with SRAM signed up as the naming partner for a minimum of two years, and a number of other sponsors on board.
SRAM’s manager, Peter Adams said SRAM had been involved with the event for 10 years as a result of the event being the most beautiful ride of the year with a spectacular course.
“It's a great ride and SRAM are looking forward to the next decade of awesome riding around greater Auckland.”
The event was established in 2009 and was created to celebrate cycling and to attract all levels of cycling ability to some of the most remarkable roads in Auckland.
The event winds through the Hunua Ranges, with stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf and is limited to 1,000 riders. Both the 110km and 30km rides are about getting out there and having a go at a road cycling events in a safe, friendly environment.
Five time New Zealand elite road cycling champion, Gordon McCauley has entered as a result of Nduro Events taking over the race.
“I have ridden some of Tim's Nduro Mountain bike events and whilst I'm no mountain biker, I have always been made to feel welcome and have enjoyed professionally, well run events.”
McCauley said he thinks Nduro Events will bring some new excitement to Tour de Ranges.
“It's about the event itself, the banter, the fun and the enjoyment of racing, that's why I attend Tim's Mountain Bike races. I'm no mountain biker and I'll likely never win, but they are fun and at the end of the day that's why I still race. I expect the 2019 Tour de Ranges to be no different.”
Defending champion Aaron Gate will also be taking on Tour de Ranges for the 7th time following the announcement that he has joined the Evo Pro team for 2019.
Event director Tim Farmer says Tour de Ranges is a perfect fit with Nduro’s other events and is an iconic cycling race, with the Hunua loop being his former training ground when training for the 24 hour World Mountain Bike Championships in 2013.
“Our three year vision is to lift the profile of the event. It is already well known in New Zealand but our goal is for growth in female participation in cycling domestically and internationally, and also to bring riders over from Australia.”