It has been won by some of the country’s leading cyclists, including nine time Tour of Southland winner and Commonwealth Games medallist Brian Fowler, former junior world champion Jeremy Yates, Commonwealth Games representative and Olympian Heath Blackgrove, six time New Zealand duathlon champion Mark Bailey and in recent times Christchurch pro cyclists Sam Horgan, Michael Vink and teenager Keagan Girdlestone, who in 2014 was the youngest ever winner.

For those not wanting to do the whole route as an individual there are options of doing it in a two or three person team.

The course used for Le Race has some historic roots that date back to before the Second World War. The road was mostly shingle in 1935 and was finally fully sealed in 1959. Until after 1958 the race was from Christchurch to Akaroa on a Saturday, then Akaroa back to Christchurch on Labour Day Monday. It later changed from Christchurch to Akaroa return on the same day with an hour and a half break for lunch. Le Race was first held in 1999.