Cy­cling se­ries for town

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A new na­tional cy­cling event will be held in Toko­roa all thanks to a $30,000 ratepayer in­vest­ment over three years.

Dy­namo Events has pro­duced a new team cy­cling se­ries which will be held over six week­ends start­ing at the end of this year.

The fi­nal two week­ends will be held in Toko­roa mid-2016.

The event will con­sist of teams of six rid­ing more than 100km to­gether.

The in­vest­ment has given the coun­cil nam­ing rights for the rides held in the dis­trict.

Stephen Cox of Dy­namo Events and Toko­roa’s world masters cham­pion, Jim McMur­ray, chose the dis­trict for its en­vi­ron­ment.

McMur­ray was con­fi­dent the dis­trict would be a per­fect fit for the event. ‘‘It’s a show­case of the re­gion, the lakes and the forestry.’’

And though it is not a unique event, the idea was to use new ar­eas.

‘‘We’re not re-in­vent­ing the wheel, we’re just bring­ing it to a re­gion where they don’t have it.’’

A sim­i­lar event has al­ready been held in the South Is­land – a race McMur­ray has com­peted in. He said he ex­pected a sim­i­lar big turnout.

Coun­cil­lors ques­tioned traf­fic safety and Cox said man­age­ment of roads would be a top pri­or­ity. Coun­cil­lor Her­man Van Rooi­jen was con­cerned Ti­rau would not ben­e­fit from the in­vest­ment.

While Cox said he could not guar­an­tee any benefits, he be­lieved in­com­ing traf­fic would bring in busi­ness.

‘‘ A lot of peo­ple stop in Ti­rau and if we have 150 or 200 cars, they could stop.’’

Group manager of com­mu­nity Amanda Hema said the de­ci­sion was made on the ba­sis it was a sig­na­ture event for the dis­trict.

‘‘ This event . . . has the po­ten­tial to raise the pro­file of the South Waikato through me­dia in­ter­est,’’ she said.

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