Cycling Championships on the way
The Vantage Age Group Road National Championships will be held in the Wairarapa on April 20-22 next year, Cycling New Zealand have announced.
The event is expected to attract around 700 cyclists, plus friends and family, for the three-day event that features the best junior and domestic elite cyclists along with leading age group competitors from under-15 years to over 75 years.
‘‘The championships are an important part of Cycling New Zealand’s calendar, as it’s the one week each year for our age-group members to come together to compete on the road and renew friendships and rivalries,’’ Cycling New Zealand chief executive Andrew Matheson said.
‘‘It is also an important event for our best young riders and a key component in selecting riders for major international events, and as a means of talent identification as we continue to develop our regional performance hubs .... to a fully national network to provide a vital pathway to the Olympics and professional careers.
‘‘We are delighted to be venturing to the Wairarapa that is noted for its outstanding terrain for cycling and has successfully hosted national and international events over the years including the New Zealand Cycle Classic.’’
The event, to be held during the school holidays, will be based in Carterton with Cycling New Zealand being supported by the host club, Athletics and Cycling Masterton (ACM) in the event organisation.
Destination Wairarapa general manager David Hancock congratulated the ACM Club following last week’s announcement and said having the three-day event held in the heart of the Wairarapa would have huge benefits for the entire region and for Carterton.
‘‘Past feedback from riders and their support crews has been overwhelmingly positive when talking about our hospitality, our scenery and the quality of riding offered.
‘‘We want to ensure riders and their families coming next year will have a wonderful time, see some exciting racing and go back home talking about their great experience in the Wairarapa.
‘‘We look forward to working with Cycling New Zealand and the ACM to stage a fantastic event.’’
Lesley Mouat won her age group and the New Zealand Cycling nationals this year