Toko­roa im­presses cy­clists

South Waikato News - - What’s On - LUKE KIRKEBY

Toko­roa proved such a good host for two rounds of The Team Cham­pi­onship cy­cling se­ries that it’ll re­turn next year.

Race di­rec­tor Stephen Cox gave a break down of the se­ries, which took place from Oc­to­ber 2015 through to April 2016, dur­ing the South Waikato District Coun­cil’s June meet­ing on Thurs­day.

Round three and the fi­nal of the team road race se­ries, which also saw rounds held in Te Awa­mutu, Hamil­ton, Cam­bridge, and Po­keno, were held in Toko­roa in De­cem­ber and April.

Cox said num­bers were high for both with the De­cem­ber round at­tract­ing around 290 com­peti­tors and the fi­nal 312.

There were 54 teams en­tered across the var­i­ous grades from top to lower level abil­i­ties.

The South Waikato Sport and Events Cen­tre in Mos­sop Rd was used as the base for the event and Cox said he re­ceived noth­ing but

‘‘It was cer­tainly a sur­prise to some that there was a venue of that stan­dard here.’’

pos­i­tive feed­back about it.

‘‘Peo­ple are al­ways quick to crit­i­cise and slow to be com­pli­men­tary but there were a lot of com­ments about how good a venue it was,’’ he said.

‘‘It was cer­tainly a sur­prise to some that there was a venue of that stan­dard here.’’

‘‘It is by far the best we use through­out the six rounds.’’

He said par­tic­i­pants were also im­pressed by South Waikato mayor Neil Sin­clair and chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Hobbs’ sup­port of the event.

‘‘Craig and Neil were down for the third round and the mayor also come down for the fi­nal and spoke which was re­ally valu­able and im­por­tant to us. It is not some­thing we get very of­ten at events,’’ he said.

Cox said the event also brought wider ben­e­fits to the district.

‘‘For the fi­nal we had be­tween 80 to 100 peo­ple stay­ing within the re­gion.

‘‘ We were down the day be­fore set­ting up and I saw one mo­tel which was pretty much full with cy­cling cars,’’ he said.

‘‘On the fi­nal day I worked an hour af­ter ev­ery­one had gone and when we left and went through Ti­rau at a min­i­mum I saw 12 cars with bikes on still there be­cause peo­ple had stopped for cof­fee and af­ter­noon tea so there were def­i­nitely ben­e­fits.’’

He said next year’s event will be sim­i­lar with the third round in De­cem­ber and the fi­nal in the last week of March.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Cy­clists tak­ing part in The Team Cham­pi­onship road cy­cling event in Toko­roa.

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