Main Event Sponsor - Red Bull


Inspired by functional drinks from the Far East, Dietrich Mateschitz founded Red Bull in the mid 1980’s. He created the formula of Red Bull Energy Drink and developed the unique marketing concept of Red Bull. In 1987, on April 1, Red Bull Energy Drink was sold for the very first time in its home market Austria. This was not only the launch of a completely new product, in fact it was the birth of a totally new product category. 

Homepage: www.redbull.com

Event Sponsor - Torpedo7


Based in Hamilton, New Zealand, Torpedo7 was founded in 2004 by mountain bike enthusiast Luke Howard-Willis. At the time, Luke felt the selection of bikes and cycle gear available in New Zealand was both limited and overpriced. And thus Torpedo7 was born, with a passionate commitment to providing customers with an easy-to-use website offering an extensive range of quality goods at competitive prices.

Homepage: www.torpedo7.co.nz


Event Sponsor - Giant Bikes


How do you define the ultimate cycling experience? That’s up to you. Our mission at Giant is to help make it happen. To create the ultimate cycling experience for all riders, all around the world. We are builders and innovators, but we are also a global community of cyclists. We are athletes, adventurers and advocates for cycling. We are Tour de France racers, singletrack explorers, neighbors and friends.

Sponsor - Swordfox


Swordfox provide impressive tailor-made branding, creative graphic design, online web services and apps for new and already established reputable businesses. We service a variety of industries throughout New Zealand and Australia who seek impression, quality and longevity from our work. Our mission is to create greatness and for people to talk about and benefit from it. In a hectic and information-rich society we like to channel messages through simplicity.

Homepage: www.swordfox.nz

Sponsor - Altitude Brewing


Altitude Brewing was born in 2013, high in New Zealand’s striking Southern Alps. Conceived over many years by a love of crafting fine ales he brewery finally came to life under the auspices of Queenstown-bred local, Eliott Menzies who had a desire to share his passions with the world. Inspired by the varied history, the wildlife, the snow and the peaks of Queenstown and the Southern Alps, he set out to craft something that not only tasted great, but captured the area’s essence.

Sponsor - Barracuda Kayaks


World leaders in innovative, lightweight kayak design and manufacture.​ Barracuda Kayaks is owned and operated by Gordon Robinson.  The Barracuda Kayak range has been developed by Gordon over the past 30 years. Gordon’s experience in competitive K1 and white water kayak racing, and in the manufacture of Formula 1 power boats, F1, K1 and Whitbread racing yachts has given him a wealth of knowledge in the construction and performance of kayaks.

Sponsor - Jaybird


Jaybird is a Utah-based consumer electronics company that is owned by Logitech. The company designs and manufactures headphones and wearable activity trackers. The company is mainly known for its line of wireless Bluetooth sports headsets. Jaybird was founded in 2006 by Australian entrepreneur Judd Armstrong.

Sponsor - Gravity Internet


At Gravity, we focus on doing just one thing and doing it right… satellite internet. We make high-speed satellite broadband affordable and available for New Zealand.  We are committed to the future, with free speed upgrades for all customers in 2019. Gravity brings satellite broadband to New Zealand. A service that reaches the length and breadth of the country, uninhibited by whether fibre or copper cables reach your farm, house, business or bach. And while satellite broadband is not new to Kiwis, our satellite service and our pricing plans are unprecedented.