Napier to host bike champs

Napier Courier - - News -

Napier will host the Van­tage Elite and Un­der-23 New Zealand Road Cy­cling Cham­pi­onships for an ad­di­tional year in Jan­uary 2019.

Napier hosted the cham­pi­onships for the past three years and has been awarded the event for a fur­ther year by Cy­cling New Zealand, build­ing on the sig­nif­i­cant mo­men­tum and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment built up since the ini­tial 2016 event.

The cham­pi­onships will be staged from Jan­uary 4-6 and will form part of the BDO Sum­mer Cy­cling Car­ni­val, a pop­u­lar Hawke’s Bay event, also in its fourth year.

“It is fan­tas­tic hav­ing this event in Napier for one last year,” says Napier Mayor Bill Dal­ton. “I am de­lighted at how the peo­ple of Napier have got be­hind this event in pre­vi­ous years, rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity to see world class cy­clists at the top of their game, and next year will be more pop­u­lar still.

“Napier is pleased to have the op­por­tu­nity to host for a fourth and fi­nal year and to bring great cy­cling ac­tion into this ex­cit­ing town course again. It is a great way to start the sum­mer events sea­son in Hawke’s Bay.”

The cham­pi­onships in­clude the BDO Time Trial Cham­pi­onships for all grades on the Fri­day, fol­lowed by both the Van­tage Elite and Un­der-23 Women’s Road Races on Satur­day and Van­tage Elite and Un­der-23 Men’s Road Races on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6.

This is the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year with BDO as a key part­ner for the Napier car­ni­val.

“Back­ing the com­mu­ni­ties we work in is an im­por­tant part of our busi­ness at BDO,” says David Pear­son, BDO Ad­vi­sory Part­ner. “Sign­ing on as nam­ing rights spon­sor of the 2019 BDO Sum­mer Cy­cling Car­ni­val aligns per­fectly with this. The car­ni­val sits very com­fort­ably with the BDO value of mak­ing pos­i­tive, tan­gi­ble con­tri­bu­tions to our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Ac­knowl­edge­ment must also be given to the dili­gent teams at Napier City Coun­cil and Cy­cling New Zealand for bring­ing such a high pro­file suc­cess­ful event to our re­gion. With their col­lec­tive in­volve­ment, this is a part­ner­ship that we are very proud of.”

Cy­cling New Zealand was pleased to of­fer a one-year ex­ten­sion to Napier and later this year will re­lease an in­vi­ta­tion for po­ten­tial hosts for the cham­pi­onships in 2020.

PHOTO: ALPHAPIX

Jason Christie wins the Elite Men’s event in 2018.

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