Story: Cycle racing

Timaru-to-Christchurch race

Timaru-to-Christchurch race

The Timaru-to-Christchurch race began in 1899 and re-energised road cycling. The classic event was 100 miles (160 kilometres) and in the early years required travelling on gravel roads. This photography from the 1920s shows riders receiving a mug of milk at Rangitātā, about 25 miles into the race.

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Simon Kennett, 'Cycle racing - Road and track racing: early to mid-20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Simon Kennett, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Oct 2015