Cy­cling Cham­pi­onships on the way

Wairarapa News - - SPORT - STAFF RE­PORTER

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

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