Students assess GrapeRide impact

Last updated 09:38 04/04/2014

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Students from Marlborough Girls' College are helping GrapeRide organisers assess the success of the cycling event.

The year 13 geography class are investigating its significance as the second-biggest cycling event in New Zealand. It attracts 4000 visitors to Marlborough.

From a physical geography perspective the ride's route around vineyards and the Marlborough Sounds was interesting, geography teacher Mark Mason said.

Students will delve into the planning and decision-making involved in organising 2500 riders taking part in a three-day event.

The students talked to race director Pete Halligan, Forrest Wine Estate proprietor John Forrest and Marlborough District Council events officer Susie Witehira in the lead-up to the event.

During the registration day today the students were to survey riders on where they were from, their length of stay, how much they expected to spend and if they would return. At the flagship GrapeRide tomorrow they will observe the planning of the event. The results will be shared with race organisers and the council.

Mason said the event is an excellent case study from a physical and human geography perspective.

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- The Marlborough Express

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