Roger Fowler has compiled a list of Winners and Fastest Times Riders since 1928. The Gorges has a proud history in New Zealand cycling. Evidently the riders left the Papanui Hotel and rode to Waikuku, Rangiora. Loburn , Glentui. Oxford. Waimak Gorge and finished at the Showgrounds. From Rangiora the roads were shingle with large bolders. At times they had to cross rivers using planks of wood.