Sunday 13th November

Bike the Bridge

Where: Auckland Harbour Bridge
When: Early morning!

The annual fundraiser that's heaps of fun - your one and only chance to ride across the bridge (until SkyPath happens!). See for full details.

It’s snuck up on us again – the annual opportunity to bike across the Auckland Harbour Bridge for fun and fundraising. There are only 4000 places available – and luckily there are still a few left! Last year’s event sold out in the last few days, so if haven’t committed yet, now is the time.

NB for last-minute entries, you’ll need to book by 8pm Friday evening, and pick up your race tickets Friday afternoon or Saturday at Smales Farm on the North Shore.

All the details you need are here on the official website. Here’s the quick version

When Sunday 13 November 2016

Where and what time  That depends! There are four options, depending on what you’re up for. Note: riders must be 11 years or over on race day to bike across the bridge. If your kids are younger, you can ride a 4km family loop along the northern busway and back.

  • Bike The Bridge Round Trip (22km) 6.00AM Starts at Smales Farm
  • Bike The Bridge South Only (7km) 6.00AM Starts at Smales Farm – then you make your own way home from the southern end of the bridge.
  • Bike The Bridge North Only (15km) 7.00AM Starts at the southern end of the bridge – then make your own way home from Smales Farm. One option: bike to Takapuna then the green route to Devonport and a ferry to the city.
  • Bike The Busway Family Loop (4km loop) 8.15AM Out and back from Smales Farm. This one is especially for groups with younger riders.

Full info on how to enter the event is here. Tickets are $49/ adult and $35/ junior for crossing the bridge (discounts if there are two or three of you on a tandem or even a tridem!). And for the family loop, it’s $15/ $10.

NB Registration closes 8.00pm Friday 11 November — and you’ll need to pick up your race tickets before the event, between 3.00pm and 7.00pm on Friday November 11th OR 9.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday November 12th, outside Columbus Cafe inside Smales Farm.

This is way more than just a bike ride, and not just because there’s such an air of excitement at the beginning and the end, and especially as you cross the bridge. It’s also a fundraiser for research into a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and we encourage you to read Callum’s family story to understand how important this is.

So come along for great fun in a GREAT cause – this year, with the added frisson of knowing that soon enough we’ll be biking the bridge whenever we feel like it!


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2 responses to “Bike the Bridge 2016 – counting down the days

  1. Question, because it doesn’t say anything on the website: if you live on the isthmus or out west, how would one get to the start/finish without actually driving one’s bike to that point? it’s the one thing that has always put me off signing up for this and given the lack of information on it, i’m assuming it is a case of park and ride…..

    1. Hi Ed – pretty much! The South-to-North option takes some of the hassle out, as you can in theory bike to Westhaven and join the ride there. Of course, then you end up on the Shore – and would need to make your way back around the harbour in one direction or another (to Takapuna then the Green Route to Devonport would be one good option). We’re reliably informed the exhilaration is worth the hassle. 🙂

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