In­au­gu­ral cy­cle race ready to tour Manawatu roads

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

A multi-sur­face cy­cle event comes to Manawatu this Sun­day. The in­au­gu­ral 2016 Gravel & Tar Cy­cle Gran Fondo takes place around Manawatu over sealed and un­sealed roads.

Hosted by Bike Manawatu, the 80km multi-sur­face cy­cle race has been or­gan­ised to at­tract many of New Zealand’s top pro­fes­sional rid­ers.

They are still in the lower North Is­land fol­low­ing the Elite Road Cy­cling Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Napier last week­end, and who will be com­pet­ing in the NZ Cy­cle Clas­sic in Wairarapa start­ing on Jan­uary 20.

Boast­ing one of the high­est prize purses in NZ cy­cling, G&T Clas­sic race di­rec­tor Steve Stan­nard says it will at­tract ag­gres­sive rac­ing and team tac­tics amongst the pro­fes­sion­als.

‘‘It will also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for a num­ber of up-and­com­ing elite road rid­ers liv­ing here in Manawatu to com­pete against some of the world’s best.’’

Manawatu Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onship rep­re­sen­ta­tives Robert Stan­nard and Camp­bell Ste­wart from Team Skoda Rac­ing, are ex­pected to take part.

In two parts, the 80km fun ride leaves The Square at 9am, and the Elite Clas­sic 10am.

Rid­ers are ex­pected to fin­ish at Me­mo­rial Park in Main St from 12.30pm. On­line reg­is­tra­tions close Fri­day 15 at 5pm, late en­tries are ac­cepted at Avan­tiPlus on Fer­gu­son St, on Satur­day 16 be­tween 1pm and 6pm.

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