The SBS Bank Tour of Southland cycle race receives excellent support and cooperation from a huge range of sponsors, funders, organisations and volunteers.
For one week a year, all Tour supporters join together with a single cause - to produce the most professional, safe and hospitable multi-staged cycle race in New Zealand. The tremendous community support that is traditionally offered to the Tour of Southland is instrumental to the ongoing success of this proud Southland sporting occasion.
Businesses and funding organisations are obviously essential to the success of the Tour - without funding the event would not be possible. A range of sponsorship options and special awards are available to anyone interested in joining the "Tour family".
SBS Bank is the Tour naming rights and general classification sponsor.
Jesco Hydraulics sponsor the King of the Mountains classification.
Harcourts Real Estate sponsor the Sprint Ace classification.
Wensley's Cycles Limited sponsor the Team classification.
The Southland Times sponsor the Most Aggressive Rider classification.
Henderson Construction sponsor the U23 Rider classification.
Businesses and organisations have the ability to sponsor a cycling team which provides excellent exposure through the various media that are associated with the event. Involvement as a team sponsor is also a great opportunity for some fun and intense staff-team building!
Team sponsors pay a team entry fee, arrange a manager and a driver, food, a support vehicle, supporting staff, and often arrange a masseuse, mechanic, promotional wear for support staff and radio equipment to communicate with riders. The benefits are numerous not the least being totally immersed in a positive, active, successful event.
Each stage has a main stage sponsor but also features numerous sprints and hill climbs along the way that involve associated sponsors.
Each Sponsor associated with the Tour of Southland, receives acknowledgement of their support through the Official Tour Programme, in the Southland Times Tour Supplement and on the official Tour website.
The SBS Bank Trophy
is awarded to the Tour winner.
The Ray O'Connor Memorial Trophy
is presented to the winner of the King of the Mountain.
Southern Fresh Milk Trophy
The best placed Southland rider in general classification receives the Southern Fresh Milk Trophy.
Tindale Memorial Trophy
is presented to the winner of the Tour's Individual Time Trial.
The Sheepish Award is presented to the person who has entertained all with the biggest gaffe of the Tour.
The Lantern Rouge is awarded to the last (but not least) rider on General Classification - someone has to be last.
For further information please contact the Tour Manager, Bruce Ross at Cycling Southland.