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For those that are new to The Forrest Grape Ride the long course traverses a 101km circuit through some of the most stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer. From the Forrest Estate Winery stone wall in the capital of the New Zealand wine industry, Renwick, it’s a flat route to Blenheim. Riders then head north and gently climb into Picton with an exhilarating descent into the centre of the town. Climbing out of Picton, the route follows the picturesque Queen Charlotte Drive around the head of Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds, literally a ride through nature’s photo album. The stunning scenery of Ngakuta and Momorangi Bays passes as the ride winds and twists to The Grove.
A flat ride to Linkwater leads onto Mahakipawa Hill and more breath taking scenery, followed by a descent to the outskirts of the mussel capital, Havelock. A left turn onto SH 6 and it’s homeward bound across gently rolling terrain, hopefully with the prevailing breeze at your back (we hope) and home to Renwick. Off the bike and you’re in the grapes with our celebrity guests, treading grapes for processing into an exclusive Forrest Wines vintage for next year’s event.
2011 will again be limited to a field of 2,500 riders to ensure quality and that special "X" factor for you, the rider. 2011 will also see the
Back by popular demand is the 202km Magnum (twice round the 101km course) and the Ultimate at 505km (5 times round the 101km course) for those that really like to punish themselves!!
The "100 Virgin Grape Crush" will see another 100 female riders from the event chosen to join the Grape Gonzo and Steve "The Goon" Gurney in the traditional crushing of 3 tonne of Forrest Wines premium pinot grapes.
Now if you rode in the 2010 event and return for 2011 you will receive a complementary 750ml bottle of the 2010 "100 Virgins Forrest Wines Pinot Noir" with your race pack".
|Click property for more dates||Distance
|Clouds Luxury House||110.796376215m||450|
|Olde Mill House||171.889290364m||156|
|Vintners Retreat Resort||2.5km||675|
|Marlborough Vintners Hotel||2.9km||300|
|Stonehaven Vineyard Homestay||4.2km||288|
|Antria Boutique Lodge||7.4km||450|
|Old St Mary's Convent Vineyard Estate||8.0km||800|
|Commodore Court Motel||8.5km||220|
|Phoenix Motor Inn||8.6km||240|
|Admirals Motor Lodge||8.7km||225|
|Middle Park Motel||9.0km||200|
|ASURE Sundowner Motel||9.0km||165|
|Knightsbridge Court Motor Lodge||9.3km||220|
Postal Address: PO Box 1156 Blenheim,
7240 New Zealand