After 31 years of being stage in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions, the New Zealand Cycle Classic is shifting north.
Race director Jorge Sandoval confirmed the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2.2 accredited tour in New Zealand will be staged in the Waikato next year.
Sandoval, who has overseen the tour since its inception in 1988, said he had accepted a sponsor's offer to move the five-stage race.
"Whilst I believe the Wairarapa has some of the best roads and routes for road cycling in New Zealand it was a constant challenge to get the financial support the event needed," he said.
This year's race, staged last week, attracted more than 100 riders representing six nationalities. It was won by Kiwi professional Hayden McCormick.
Sandoval says his goal to improve the UCI rating of the race to allow World Tour riders to compete.
He is hopeful of staging a major women's tour in the Wairarapa next year.