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The Milford Mountain Classic 2015, New Zealand.

The Milford Mountain Classic 2015, New Zealand.

For the tough Roadies out there- the Milford Mountain Classic in New Zealand is a must do bike race for serious road cyclists.

Milford Sound, in the South Island of New Zealand, has been described as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". A picturesque start to this 120km challenging road bike race. The Distinction Hotels Milford Mountain Classic Cycle Race begins in Milford at 4.15pm and ends in Te Anau, 24th January 2015. It is anticipated that elite riders will take approximately three hours and recreational riders up to six hours to complete the race.

The Milford Mountain Classic 2014, New Zealand. 

Tsukasa and Jim at the Milford Classic 2014. Jim holds the 2014 Milford Classic “King of the Mountain” title.

Along the way competitors will endeavour the initial gruelling climb from sea level to 940m in just 21km. The race initially climbs 620m over the first 18km before steepening to scale an additional 320m in just 3kms, including the 1.2km through the iconic Homer Tunnel; the location of the King of the Mountain title. Equating to an average rate of climb of around 11%. Another steady climb looms from the Hollyford turnoff at the 29km mark, ascending to The Divide – a 150m gain in 3.5km. From there, the race follows the Eglinton Valley downstream with a net drop in altitude of 360m to 220m above sea level at the Te Anau finish. The only climb of significance is 150m over 1.5km, out of the Retford Stream Valley onto the Te Anau Downs.

The Distinction Hotels Milford Mountain Classic Cycle Race is a fund-raiser for Fiordland College, local high school. Its original concept was embraced by the Te Anau Project Group – a sub-committee of Destination Fiordland with a mandate to develop iconic events for the area – and transformed into reality with the expertise of Sport Southland and Cycling Southland.

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