A breathtaking mountain cycle race like no other
The Milford Classic Cycle Race runs from Milford Sound, along the Milford Road and finishes in Te Anau. There are several event categories and a short course.
The event offers a huge personal challenge and the unique opportunity to race through Fiordland's remarkable scenery. This area has long been described as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" – and with good reason.
Alpine cycle race options from Milford to Te Anau.
- Saturday 24th January: 4.15pm MMC starts at Milford Sound
- Saturday 24th January: 4.30pm Homer Hundred starts at Homer Tunnel
- Saturday 24th January: 5pm Eglinton Challenge Starts at the Eglington flats
The Milford Mountain Classic
Starting at 4.15pm the Distinction Hotels Milford Mountain Classic is a tough 120km race from Milford to Te Anau.
As the race includes two major climbs, it is probably more like the equivalent of a 150km race. Starting at sea level in Milford, the cycle race climbs to a high point of 940m at the Eastern Portal of the Homer Tunnel (King of the Mountain location). There is a further steady climb from the Hollyford turnoff to "The Divide" before following the Eglinton Valley to Te Anau Downs and the Lake Te Anau shore to a Te Anau finish.
The Ricoh Homer Hundred
Starting at 4.30pm the Ricoh Homer Hundred is a 101km road cycle race from the Te Anau side of the Homer Tunnel to Te Anau.
This ride starts in the high mountains with the scenery of the upper Hollyford and Eglinton Valleys, but without the initial climb between Milford Sound and the Homer Tunnel.
The Meridian Eglinton Challenge
Starting at 5.00pm the Meridian Eglinton Challenge begins at Knobs Flat and covers the last 65kms of the race course.
The only serious hill climb commences at Te Anau Downs Station where competitors face the Retford Hill before easing to a gentle downhill into Te Anau Downs.