More masters cy­cling events wanted

Cambridge Edition - - CONVERSATIONS - MIKE BAIN

Masters cy­clists look­ing for more events have or­gan­ised a two-day fes­ti­val.

Waikato cy­cle en­thu­si­ast Dale Er­tel said in­ter­est in cy­cling among the masters age group had been high since Avan­tidrome opened in Cam­bridge 2014 and the Masters Games was held there in 2017.

‘‘Most of Cy­cling New Zealand’s in­put is into youth but ap­pears to have for­got­ten about the masters age group,’’ Er­tel said.

In re­sponse to more events, a group of eight masters cy­clists from across the Waikato have an­nounced a two-day track car­ni­val at the Avan­tidrome for Septem­ber.

This event has two tro­phies to be won.

It in­cluded the Sprint Cup con­sist­ing of Match Sprints, 500TT, 500 Der­bys, Keirins and Team Sprints.

Then there was the En­durance Cup which con­sisted of Scratch, Points, Elim­i­na­tion, Snow­ball Points and Mys­tery Scratch.

‘‘Each event is a medal event by it­self, but if they are com­pet­ing for ei­ther of the cups, then the points gained through­out qual­i­fy­ing and the fi­nal re­sults will ac­cu­mu­late,’’ Er­tel, from Mata­mata, said.

‘‘In­ter­est is high with rid­ers from Welling­ton and Can­ter­bury en­quir­ing what time the event would fin­ish as they’re book­ing re­turn flights al­ready.

‘‘If ev­ery­one who in­di­cated in­ter­est en­ters, we may have to turn some com­peti­tors away.’’

Cy­cling New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Mathe­son said he wel­comed the new event but re­futed any sug­ges­tion his or­gan­i­sa­tion had for­got­ten the masters age group.

‘‘It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the na­tional fed­er­a­tion (Cy­cling New Zealand) to en­sure the de­liv­ery of events at a na­tional cham­pi­onship level which we do across the codes of road, track, moun­tain bike and BMX,’’ said Mathe­son.

‘‘In all our events across all codes, we in­clude mas­ter cat­e­gories for rid­ers wish­ing to race at this level.

‘‘It’s not the role of the na­tional fed­er­a­tion to pro­vide reg­u­lar non-cham­pi­onship com­pe­ti­tions.

‘‘We wel­come the ini­tia­tives of or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing com­mer­cial event pro­mot­ers and our clubs, re­gions and cen­tres who sup­port this level of rac­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for all rid­ers.’’

The Cam­bridge Drome Masters two-day track car­ni­val is to be held in Cam­bridge, Septem­ber 8-9.

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Dale Er­tel, from Mata­mata, is lead­ing the team be­hind The Cam­bridge Drome Masters two-day track car­ni­val.

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