A Fun Ride

144/114/72/37/20/10/5 km rides
Seven (really cool) varied recreational and social public Fun Rides (and even a fast guys option) for keen cyclists through rolling hills and stunning valleys of Manawatu Country and Ruahine Ranges. Get on your bike, bring a friend and enjoy a gorgeous ride. Freshen up with one of 19 hot showers in 5 separate mens/womens change rooms at Ashhurst Domain facilities.

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Event Info


Sun 18 Feb 2018

  • Registration starts at 7:30am
  • BBQ mealtime starts at 1:00pm
  • Prize giving starts at 2:30pm at the Domain.


All rides start and finish at the Ashhurst Domain, Napier Rd (SH 3), Ashhurst, Manawatu/Whanganui


You have no less than six stunning route options to choose from:

Event map

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Detailed map of the course available on MapMyRide

The Truckstops Heavy Hitters

Tough, stunning, beautiful ride along the Rangiwahia Loop. Did we mention TOUGH!?
Distance: 144km
Start time: 9:30am (race briefing at 9:15am)

The NZ Army Challenge

Challenging but do-able ride along the Apiti Loop.
Distance: 114km
Start time: 9:30am (race briefing at 9:15am)

The Fonterra 74km Family Ride

Two laps of the Colyton loop.
Distance: 74km
Start time: 10:00am (race briefing at 9:45am)

The Fonterra 37km Family Ride

One lap of the Colyton loop.
Distance: 37km
Start time: 10:00am (race briefing at 9:45am)

The Takaro Rotary Charity Rides

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Off-road riverbank pathway.
Distance: 5/10/20km
Start time: 11:45am
Detailed map available on MapMyRide


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Registrations are now open for the 2018 Manawatu Cycle Challenge – online entries are available here.

Ticket Information:

  • 74Km Fonterra Recreational Ride: $47.00
  • 37km Fonterra Family Fun Ride : $27.00
  • 10km Takaro Rotary Charity Ride for “Bikes in Schools”: $10.00
  • 5km Takaro Rotary Charity Ride for “Bikes in Schools”: $10.00
  • 114 NZ Army Challenge: $62.00
  • 144km Truckstops Heavy Hitters: $62.00
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Results from Manawatu Cycle Challenge events:


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2017 – full results

2015 – page 1; page 2

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The event wouldn’t be possible without the help of our amazing sponsors.


NZ Army