criterium national championships

Vantage Criterium National Championships

Road & Track
15 November 2020

Cycling New Zealand

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Vantage Criterium Nationals set to return to Christchurch in 2020

Many of New Zealand’s leading cyclists will be expected to race around the inner-city streets at the Vantage Criterium National Championships which will return to Christchurch in November.

Following the successful 2019 event, Cycling New Zealand and the Christchurch City Council today announced the return of the championships to be staged on Sunday 15 November.

Christchurch was set to share the event year-about with long-time host Takapuna but its downtown rejuvenation plan was delayed. The Christchurch City Council was enthusiastic to step in to host the event for a second straight year after the strong support for the championships late last year.

Cycling New Zealand CEO Jacques Landry said the organisation was delighted when Christchurch agreed to host the event again, with the Takapuna course unavailable.

“Christchurch really embraced the Vantage Criterium National Championships last year and with the strong support we received from both businesses and the community, it made sense to return to build on this momentum,” said Landry.

“We are confident that many of our leading riders will be itching to race in this event, especially so after missing a fair bit of racing this year and with the positive feedback from competitors last year.”

Christchurch City Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox is thrilled Christchurch will get to host the championships three years in a row.

“Cantabrians love their sport so we know people will get behind this event and come out to support our top cyclists as they compete for national honours. The nature of the Criterium street circuit means the action is fast-paced and it’s easy for people to come along and cheer on the riders.

“With the proposed circuit so close to the bars, restaurants, cafes and shops in our city centre it makes for a great day out. We’re really looking forward to welcoming our elite cyclists back to Christchurch,’’ Mr Cox says.

Sponsorship Manager Jess Roberts from naming sponsor Vantage Windows & Doors said: “Vantage Windows & Doors are proud to support the Vantage Criterium Nationals. With a strong cycling community in and around Christchurch, Vantage Windows & Doors are looking forward to seeing cycling and general sports fans alike coming together to be part of this great event.“

The proposed inner-city Christchurch circuit offers a traditional criterium taking in iconic Christchurch landmarks such as the Avon River, Bridge of Remembrance and the Art Gallery. It is adjacent to the bars and restaurants of the famous Oxford Street, and with more cafes and bars lining the proposed course, it will make for a spectator-friendly, fast-paced afternoon of entertainment.


Entries will open on 24 August.



Entries are not transferable.

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

Withdrawals submitted after entries close are not eligible for a refund. 




Ages are calculated as at 31 December 2021.

U17 Boys and Girls are New Zealand Championship events. Open to all U17 grade riders, with a 2020 or 2021 Cycling New Zealand Youth licence with a NZL country UCI code or an international federation licence plus the written permission of their National Federation to compete. Minimum age is 15 and maximum age is 16 as at 31 December 2021.

Open A Grade Men and Women are New Zealand Championship events. Open to all U19, Senior and Masters Riders of Elite/A Grade ability, with a 2020 or 2021 Cycling New Zealand licence with a NZL country UCI code or an international federation licence plus the written permission of their National Federation to compete.

Open B Grade Men and Women are open non-championship events. Open to all U19, Senior and Masters Riders of B Grade ability, with a 2020 or 2021 Cycling New Zealand licence and/or an International Federation licence.


More information to come.



1.00pm: Race Pack Pick Up/Registration

2.20pm: Course open for warm up

2.30pm: Racing Starts

6.15pm: Racing Concludes

6.30pm: Presentations

*Please note that race duration may be amended if circumstances require it – where possible notice will be given prior to the event, however, any changes will be communicated at the race briefing prior to your event.



Race Duration

Approx. Start Time

Street Race – Men and Women (Non Championship)

20 minutes


Open B Grade – Men and Women (Non Championship)

20 minutes


U17 Girls (NZ Championship)

20 minutes


U17 Boys (NZ Championship)

20 minutes


Open A Grade – Women (NZ Championship)

35 minutes


Open A Grade – Men (NZ Championship)

45 minutes



All non-championship events are subject to receiving a suitable number of entries, failing which some may be combined or the riders transferred to a different event.


The programme should be considered provisional until entries close and the final programme of events has been published on the website (once entries have closed).


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



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.


  • In all races other than the Street Races, bicycles must comply with the CNZ/UCI rules.
  • In the Street races only, the following will apply:
    • All bicycles must be “road bike style” fitted with 2 brakes (one for each wheel), freewheel and drop handlebars (no MTB style handlebars permitted).
    • Aero bars are permitted if fitted, but must not be used during the racing. They should be removed if possible.
    • No Camelbak or similar drink systems carried on the body
    • No glass bottles
    • No disc wheels or bladed wheels
    • All handlebars must be plugged at the end
  • Disc brakes are permitted in all races.
  • The Commissaire’s decision on equipment is final
  • Helmets must be compliant with appropriate NZ Standards for use on open roads and must be worn at all times when riding. Time-trial style aero helmets are strongly discouraged.


The safety of the riders, officials, volunteer and spectators are included in the event planning. This includes (but not limited to) road restrictions, traffic management and event advisories to the local businesses and residents.

The event takes place on roads throughout central Christchurch. It is your responsibility to manage your own safety during the event, to be aware of other road users at all times and to make responsible decisions. There is traffic management in place however, the roads are OPEN and there will be public and official traffic on the circuit during your race.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Health and Safety please report to the Chief Commissaire or to the Race Director.


For more information about Christchurch, click here.

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