January 25, 2020

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Gravel & Tar men’s and women’s elite races are on again in 2020!

And the Slicks and Stones is on again too!

Save the date - 25th January 2020



The Gravel and Tar Classic race is a 130 km international elite men’s cycling race. In 2020, it will be run on the 25th of January. To discover the challenge of this race on the gravel and tar roads of the beautiful Manawatu region of NZ, view the 2019 video of the Classic race video here!


In 2019 for the first time a women’s Gravel andTar race was run. With five gravel sectors making up 40 km and another 76 km on the tarmac,it’s been labelled as ‘the hardest women’s race on the planet!’ And yes, it’s on again in 2020 - 25th January. You can see the 2019 La Femme highlights here!


The Slicks and Stones 100 is for the hard-core sport and weekend cyclist. With four gravel sections it’s a great way to experience the same arduous route and the event ambiance as the professional riders in the Gravel and Tar UCI races. Watch for registration details shortly - view the promo video here


Slicks & Stones

Slicks and Stones is for the hard-core sport and weekend rider who wants to experience the same arduous route as the professional riders in the Gravel and Tar.

Slicks and Stones provides an opportunity for junior, masters, and weekend warrior riders to experience the undulating roads and gravel sectors the beautiful Manawatu countryside has to offer.


Latest News

Stay up to date with the latest news about the Gravel and Tar Classic UCI 1.2, the Gravel and Tar La Femme UCI 1.2 and the Manawatu Slicks and Stones. Follow our news for the latest on team announcements, event information and interesting stories.


Watch the action

The Gravel and Tar Classic UCI 1.2 and Gravel and Tar La Femme UCI 1.2 draws elite cycling teams and individual riders from around the world to compete here in Manawatu.

Join in the action of the day and watch your favourite riders race through our region as a spectator along the course, which takes in Feilding, Ashhurst, Palmerston North and the Pohangina Valley.


Explore Manawatu

The Manawatu region has a lot to offer, from cycling, mountainbiking and running tracks to spectacular scenery, beaches and city life. 


Take on the
Slicks and Stones

Race Alongside the gravel and tar elite riders and take on the challenging slicks and stones event. It's fast, hard and technical, but fun. 


 Thank you to all our sponsors for supporting the work of
the Greasy Chain Charitable Trust

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If your organisation would like to support the Gravel and Tar events, a Sponsor Prospectus can be downloaded here