Whitehaven Winery founder and managing director Sue White has taken over as the new sponsor of Marlborough's annual wine cycling event, GrapeRide, which will take place on Saturday 28 March 2020.
The event has three different courses for varying fitness levels, each one winding its way around Marlborough's vast vineyards for all or part of the course.
The first Graperide was held in 2005 when 698 people set off on a course around Marlborough, organised by Pete Halligan (aka the Grape Gonzo). This year the event opened to mountain bikers for the first time which will continue going forward.
“Being a family owned and operated business means that creating positive impacts on our community is vitally important to us” says Whitehaven Wines co-founder and managing director Sue White, who marked 25 years of winemaking this year.
Founding sponsors Brigid and John Forrest say they are happy to pass the baton to another wine brand that is equally focused on community and sustainability and which happens to be a close neighbour.
The event will also relocate the start and finish location to The Vines Village on Rapaura Road.
There are three different courses in GrapeRide:
* Short and Long Course MTB
* Classic GrapeRide and 202 km Magnum
* The Taster 42 kms
* Find out more and register for the event online here: www.graperide.co.nz/