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Vantage Age Group Road National Championships

Road & Track
16 April 2021 - 18 April 2021

Cycling New Zealand


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The Vantage Age Group Road National Championships including the Para Cycling Championships will be held in Rotorua from 16 - 18 April 2021. 

This event will see the best Age Group (Youth, Senior, Masters and Para) riders compete for Time Trial and Road Racing titles. The 2021 event format will be held over a 3-day format and features a Time Trial event, Road Race and a Non Championship Time Trial.

All serious recreational riders are encouraged to get behind this event and support the Club riding system.

The event is organised by Cycling New Zealand with support from host club - Cycling Rotorua Inc.

The event is proudly sponsored by Vantage Windows and Doors. 



Entries have now closed. Entry Lists are available under the COMMUNIQUES tab.


Time Trial

Early Entry Fee (Entries received on or before 7 March)



Standard Entry Fee (Entries received from 8 March)



Non Championship Time Trial (includes special event licence)



Entries Close 6 April


Road Race

Early Entry Fee (Entries received on or before 7 March)



Standard Entry Fee (Entries received from 8 March)



Entries Close 6 April



Entries are not transferable.

Refunds are available if a withdrawal is requested in writing prior to 6 April. If accepted a refund of the entry fee - less $20 will be applied.

Withdrawals submitted after 6 April are not eligible for a refund. 

Email events@cyclingnewzealand.nz



Click here for the Entry Eligibility and Criteria.

The event is open to New Zealand and Australian riders. Note that “New Zealand riders” now includes permanent New Zealand Residents who are financial members of an NZ Club & Centre.

All New Zealand riders must have a current 2021 Cycling New Zealand Adult (or Youth for U15, U17 and U19 categories) licence and be a paid member of an affiliated Cycling New Zealand Road and Track Club. More on how to get a Cycling New Zealand Licence here. All New Zealand riders are required to represent their Cycling New Zealand Road and Track Club. All entries will be required to be endorsed by the club.

All Australian riders must have a current 2021 Cycling Australia domestic license and appropriate travel insurance to cover riding and racing while in New Zealand. Riders must be prepared to provide proof of insurance if required. 
Place getters, regardless of nationality, shall receive relevant medals.
The first placed New Zealander shall be acknowledged as the Champion for the event.

Click here for the One Day Licence Terms and Conditions for the Non Championship Time Trial event.



Click here to view a copy of the event entry terms and conditions.



CNZRT have included a Non-Championship Time Trial category again for the 2021 event. This will be open to riders who do not hold the required Cycling New Zealand Annual Licence to compete in the Championships categories.

Entries will be limited as priority will be applied to Championship categories if maximums are reached. This will be run on the Long TT course.

Riders will be required to purchase a Special event licence at the time of entry.

A derogation has also been applied to this category in regards to equipment restrictions. Bicycles will not need to comply with the UCI rules but must however be fitted with two brakes, free wheel and be road worthy. 

Riders are required to wear a jersey with sleeves and a pair of shorts, possibly in the form of a one-piece skinsuit. By shorts it is understood that these are shorts that come above the knee. Sleeveless jerseys shall be forbidden.

The top three riders in both Male and Female will be recognised with non-championship medals (there are no age group categories within this).



The World Masters Road Championship are now known as the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. Full information and race format are available here: http://www.uciworldcyclingtour.com/ or http://www.ucigranfondoworldseries.com/ 

The 2021 event will take place on 1 – 5 September, in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina). 

For countries that do not have a Qualifying event (for 2021 this includes New Zealand), qualifying slots are offered through the National Championships or at a selection event as determined by the National Federation. 

The 2021 selection event refers to the 2021 Vantage Age Group National Championship. This will be held in Rotorua from 16-18 April 2021.

The winner in both the Time Trial and the Road Race at the selection event in each of these categories are offered an automatic slot to take part in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship.  In addition to the automatic slots offered above, there are 10 wildcard entries available. Five (5) for male and five (5) for females. Those riders wishing to be considered for the Wildcard slots shall be required to complete an online expression of interest within the application window. Click here for more the full Selection Regulations and details.

Additional entry fees and criteria apply for this international event.


*Subject to change once entries close

Day Event Details Distance Time
Friday  Time Trial U15 Boys & Girls 16km From 9am
    U17 Boys & Girls 16km  
    U19 Women 16km  
    Masters Women (4 - 9) 16km  
    Masters Men (6 - 10) 16km  
    T1-T2 Para Cycling 16km  
    C1-C3 Para Cycling 16km  
    H1-H5 Para Cycling 16km  
    C4 – C5 Para Cycling 24.5km  
    B/VI Para Cycling 24.5km  
    Non Championship 24.5km  
    Masters Women (1 – 3) 24.5km  
    Masters Men (1 – 5) 24.5km  
    U23 Women 24.5km  
    Senior Women 24.5km  
    U23 Men 24.5km  
    Senior Men 24.5km   
    U19 Men 24.5km  
Saturday Road Race C1-5 Men / Women 60.8km - 2 laps 8:20am
    B/VI Men / Women 60.8km - 2 laps 8:25am
    U15 Boys (NRS Grade) 36.8km - 1 lap 8:35am
    U15 Girls (NRS Grade) 36.8km - 1 lap 8:45am
    U17 Boys (NRS Grade) 60.8km - 2 laps 9:05am 
    Masters Men 5 60.8km - 2 laps 9:20am
    Masters Men 6 60.8km - 2 laps 9:35am
    U17 Girls (NRS Grade) 60.8km - 2 laps 11:45am
    Masters Women 3 - 4 (waved start) 60.8km - 2 laps 11:55am 
    Masters Women 5 - 9 (waved start) 60.8km - 2 laps 12:05pm
    Masters Men 3 84.8km – 3 laps 1:00pm
    Masters Men 4 84.8km – 3 laps 1:10pm 
    Masters Men 7 - 10 (waved start) 60.8km - 2 laps 1:15pm
Sunday Road Race T1-2 Men / Women 23km - 1 x short lap 8:00am
    H1-5 Men / Women  33km - 2 x short lap 8:05am
    Masters Women 1 - 2  84.8km – 3 laps 8:30am 
    U19 Women 84.8km – 3 laps 8:40am
    U23 and Senior Women 84.8km – 3 laps 8:55am
    Masters Men 1 108.8km – 4 laps 9:45am
    Masters Men 2 108.8km – 4 laps 10:00am
    U23 and Senior Men 108.8km – 4 laps 12:00pm
    U19 Men 108.8km – 4 laps 12:45pm



Men/Boys and Women/Girls
Under 15 - 13-14 years (NRS Grade)
Under 17 - 15-16 years (NRS Grade)
Under 19 - 17-18 years
Under 23 - 19-22 years
Senior - 23-34 years
Masters 1 - 35-39 years
Masters 2 - 40-44 years
Masters 3 - 45-49 years
Masters 4 - 50-54 years
Masters 5 - 55-59 years
Masters 6 - 60-64 years
Masters 7 - 65-69 years
Masters 8 - 70 - 74 years
Masters 9 - 75- 79 years
Masters 10 - 80+ years
Para - T1 -2 Men & Women
       - H1 - 5 Men & Women
       - C1 - 5 Men & Women
       - B/VI Men & Women   
Non Championship Time Trial - Men & Women


Please find below course maps for the 2021 Vantage Age Group Road Championships. All Road Races will start and finish near Waikite Valley School, 1090 Waikite Valley Rd, Rotorua. All Time Trials will start on Te Kopia Rd and finish near Waikite Valley School.


Time Trial 16km

Time Trial 24.5km

Road Race

Road Race - Handcycles and trikes


Check the Event Programme tab for race distances and times.



Jump on the FulGaz virtual cycling app and ride the actual courses as part of your final preparations for the race!
The team at FulGaz have even provided us with a free 30 day trial for you to take advantage of: 20CNZ20
Time Trial - Click here
Road Race - Click here
You can just search the word Vantage in the FulGaz app. If you can't see if just click "update ride list" in your settings.

Event Communiques is the official distribution of event information including general information, start lists and results. Please check here regularly for updated Communiques.

For Results - please see the Results tab.


Event Manual - published 13 April - please note that medal ceremony and parking information has been updated

Communique 9 - Sunday Decisions of Commissaires Panel

Communique 8 - Sunday Road Race Start List 

Communique 7 - Saturday Decisions of Commissaires Panel & Sunday Road Race Information

Communique 6 - Saturday Road Race Start List 

Communique 5 - Friday Decisions of Commissaires Panel & Saturday Road Race Information

Communique 4 - Friday Time Trial Start List


Click here to view the notes for the Team Managers Meeting

All clubs/teams are required to nominate a Team Manager (can be a rider or non-rider).

A Team Managers Meeting will take place on Thursday 15th April in the Totara Room, at The Holiday Inn, 10 Tyron St, Rotorua at 5pm. Parking is available on the street or in the reserve next to the hotel. The hotel car park is reserved for hotel guests only.
Important information such as confirmation of starters, distribution of race numbers and transponders and any updated programme information will be provided at this meeting.
Attendance by each Team Manager is compulsory and representatives will be required to sign in.
Riders Packs will be distributed to one club representative (usually the Team Manager), not to individual riders. Riders should contact their Team Manager to arrange collection. Club Packs will be available for collection from 4.30pm. Location; The Holiday Inn.
The role of the Team Manager includes (but not limited to):
  • Officially representing the Club at the event
  • Connecting with all riding club members
  • Ensuring that all riding club members have a current licence
  • Managing the relationship with Event Officials on behalf of club members
  • Attending the Team Managers meeting
  • Collecting and distributing Race Numbers to club members
  • Circulating Event Information to club members
  • Ensuring place getters attend the Medal Ceremony
  • Ensuring riding members have the required information to help them have a safe and fair race.
All clubs/teams are required to nominate a Team Manager (can be a rider or non-rider) and this person must have a 2021 Cycling New Zealand licence (click here to renew). Please email events@cyclingnewzealand.nz to appoint your Team Manager.
Club Team Manager Email Phone
Athletics & Cycling Masterton Rex Dowding


021 0894 0083
Auckland Central Cycling Club Richard Justice richardjustice@richardjustice.com 021 223 4741
Auckland Schools Cycling Scott Blackwood


021 737 325

Bike Manawatu Mike Simpson  mikesimpson30@gmail.com  027 836 3520
Canterbury Time Trial Association Inc. 

Annie Zwimpfer 


027 442 6331

Canterbury Track Cycling Ruth Kellow treasurer@canterburytrack.co.nz 021 993 279
Central Otago Wakatipu

John Alabaster

cowcyclingstuff@gmail.com 022 188 5381
Counties Manukau Karen Mcintosh themcintoshs@whatatiri.co.nz    027 453 3396
Cycling CHB John Mudgway jmudgway69@gmail.com  021 515 466
Cycling Marlborough

Richard Olliver

richard.olliver@gmail.com 027 251 1544
Cycling New Plymouth Anthony Visser avisser@methanex.com 022 150 7642
Cycling Otago Elyse Fraser elysefraser153@gmail.com 027 460 5675
Cycling Rotorua Paul Bishop paul.jacquie@xtra.co.nz 027 563 0439
Cycling South Canterbury Hazel Fish shfish@xtra.co.nz 021 165 2562
Cycling Southland Richard Mcivor rbmcivor@outlook.com  027 311 7963
Dynamo Cycling & Sports Club Incorporated Robert Molyneaux molyneuxjewellers@gmail.com 027 579 2711
Far North Flash Cycling Club Phil Gibbs Farnorthflash@hotmail.co.nz 021 229 1481
Forestland Wheelers Jim Mcmurray jimm@farmside.co.nz 021 650 376
Gisborne Cycling Club Beau Wedderburn beauwedd@gmail.com 021 237 8269
Hamilton City Cycling Club Ross Wrenn wrenn.rs@xtra.co.nz  027 495 8070
Hawera Cycling Club Anthony Visser avisser@methanex.com 022 150 7642
Kapiti Cycling Club

Katie Richards


021 566 817
Leeston Cycling Club

Alex Mann

alex@bigboywebsites.co.nz 027 277 6659
Marsden Wheelers

Andrea Knott

andreaknott1@gmail.com  022 473 7400
Morrinsville Wheelers John Blake  john@nzbiofilters.com   021 621 790
North Canterbury N/A    
Papanui Cycling

Derrick Nelson

derrick.nelson1953@gmail.com   021 180 4505
Pegasus Cycling Incorporated Derrick Nelson  derrick.nelson1953@gmail.com  021 180 4505
PNP Mark Donald markandgill.donald@gmail.com 021 269 9674 
Ramblers Cycling Club Strat Ellingham stratellingham@gmail.com  027 338 8771
Tasman Wheelers   

Trevor Cameron

TNC@rwcanelson.co.nz  021 272 5008
Taupo Cycling Club

Tina Edwards

tinaedwards464@gmail.com 027 464 1814
Tauranga Road Cycling Club Greg Taylor gregtaylor_tga@hotmail.com 027 494 9911
Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Club  Blair Taylor blair@spokencycles.co.nz  027 663 7663
Whanganui Cycling Club  Ron Cheatley ron@cyclesport.co.nz 027 545 8726
Wellington Masters Club Garth Stewart garth@stewarts.net.nz

027 442 8972

Whakatane Cycle Club

Dave Wright

dandmwright@farmside.co.nz 027 473 5000



Racing will be conducted under UCI regulations and Cycling New Zealand Road & Track racing rules.
As all events take place on open roads, it is a condition of racing that New Zealand traffic regulations are adhered to. It is also mandatory that helmets are worn at any time a rider is on their bike. Riders must keep left and where marked, must not cross the road centre line at any time.


The Cycling New Zealand Road and Track scale of penalties will apply.
Any fines issued are on the Team and are payable by the Team Manager to the Commissaires Secretary at the event or Clubs/Centres will be invoiced post event.


Bicycles must conform with current UCI regulations. All bicycles must have two independently operating brakes (one front, one rear).

A derogation has been applied to the Non Championship Time Trial category in regards to equipment restrictions. Bicycles will not need to comply with the UCI rules but must however be fitted with two brakes, free wheel and be road worthy. 

Helmets must be compliant with appropriate NZ Transport Agency Standards for use on open roads, including those used in the Individual Time Trial and must be worn at all times when riding your bike.
All riders will be required to attach timing transponders to their bikes, to enable the electronic timing to operate. These will be provided in the race pack.

Riders Apparel

The following apparel will be accepted to ride in:
1. Club shorts
2. Club shorts with personal sponsors only if detailed on the rider’s Cycling New Zealand Membership.
3. Trade Team shorts if rider is registered on a NZ Trade Team and the sponsors are detailed on the rider’s Cycling New Zealand Membership. 
4. Plain Black shorts.
5. Jackets, if worn, must be either in the approved club uniform design or be clear (see through). 
6. Arm warmers and leg warmers are permitted, but must be a plain colour.
7. Club skinsuit.
Exception: In accordance with UCI Reg 1.3.063 - Until the day before the world championship of the following year, the world champions must wear their jersey in all events in the discipline, speciality and category in which they won their title.  In this event, any rider who won a world title at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship in 2017 must wear the world champions jersey in the event in which they won (and the appropriate club shorts).  
A start may be refused for any incorrectly attired rider.
If you have any queries over this matter, please contact events@cyclingnewzealand.nz prior to travelling to the event, to avoid disappointment.


We would like to thank the residents of Waikite Valley for their support of the event. To assist with providing a safe environment for our riders there will be Road Restrictions will be in place, click here for the residents letter. 
Course maps are available from the EVENT COURSES tab above. 
Thank you again for your patience and support during this time.
If you have any questions please contact the Event Organiser, Cycling New Zealand on events@cyclingnewzealand.nz 

Head to Destination Rotorua's website here for all the recommended things to do, places to eat, where to stay and what's on during your time in Rotorua for this event. We would also recommend looking at Rotorua i-SITE for things to do while in town!


Places to Eat:

Terrace Kitchen

Mention the word "cycling" to receive 1 x complimentary coffee, beer or wine per rider with any main meal purchased. Open Friday and Sunday during the event weekend.


Le Café de Paris

Your French Café in Rotorua, come to try the croissants and their Organic and Gluten free French crêpes.


Giovanni's Pizzeria

Participants are eligible to receive 10% off all food, just mention the word "cycling" when you make your order.


Artisan Cafe

Artisan Cafe serves an impressive selection of breakfasts, brunches and lunches, as well as quick and tasty cabinet food, cakes and slices.


The Factory Smokehouse & Grill

At The Factory Smokehouse & Grill they strive to provide people with quality food, quality flavour in an efficient time at an affordable cost. 


Places to Stay:

The Holiday Inn 'book now, pay later'


Vantage Windows and Doors

Our biggest thank you goes to Vantage Windows & Doors, our naming partner for the Vantage Age Group Road National Championships again in 2021. Thank you also to APL's Glenn's Glass.


Thank you to ŠKODA for providing ŠKODA cars for this event.


Local Event Supporters: 

A big thank you also goes to the following businesses for providing vouchers and special discount codes for participants for this event.

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Located 5 minutes from Waikite School (event HQ for this event) participants are eligible to receive 10% off an entry by showing their race number during event weekend.


Rotorua Canopy Tours

Claim your free $25 worth of Canopy Cash here. Use this credit to book your next adventure.


R-Line Electrolytes

Go and chat to the friendly R-Line crew over the event weekend - R-Line Electrolyte Drink will be available to drink and taste test all day Saturday! They will have a FREE hydration station attached to their stall so bring along your drink bottles and top up for free using their pre mixed jerry cans. If you haven't tried R-Line Electrolyte before and would like to test it out then please register for a Free 50ml sample - Pick up from the R-Line tent on event day, all 9 flavours available - Click Here to claim yours.


The Secret Spot

Participants are eligible to receive a 20% discount when you use the promo code to book a tub online: tub4u. This offer is valid from 1 April - 31 May.


The National Kiwi Hatchery

Participants are eligible to receive a 15% discount when you use the promo code KIWICYCLE valid from 16 - 18 April.

Information about how riders can visit:

Hosted at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, next to Skyline, The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa is proudly the world’s largest and most successful kiwi hatchery – having hatched over 2100 kiwi chicks and released them back into the wild since 1995.

The National Kiwi Hatchery Tour is a special opportunity to gain insight into and view this highly regarded conservation centre, through a 30-minute hosted tour. 100% of your ticket entry goes straight back into this valuable programme.

Learn all about New Zealand’s intriguing national icon and the efforts of the kiwi husbandry team. Discover what it takes to hatch and raise chicks … and if you’re lucky, see young chicks getting a health check! You can also see adult kiwi roam in our purpose-built nocturnal enclosure.

The Hatchery is open Thurs-Sunday in term time and daily in the school holidays / stat days. Opening times are 8.30am – 2pm with hatchery tours departing on the hour every hour from 9am to 1pm.



Participants are eligible to receive a 10% discount by using the discount code CYCLENZ10 when booking through the Zorb website, or mention this promo at the counter.


Rotorua Duck Tours

Check out Rotorua Duck Tours! Rotorua Duck Tours is the first, and still the only, company in New Zealand to provide the unique and exciting opportunity to explore a special part of New Zealand in an authentic amphibious WWII landing craft. 


Paradise Valley Springs
Participants are eligible to receive a 10% discount when you mention the word "Cycling" to staff.


Adventure Playground

Make the most of the group discounts below.

Redwoods Tree Tops Walk