Women’s cy­cling race spon­sor an­nounced

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In­vest­ment firm

Forsyth Barr has been an­nounced as the of­fi­cial spon­sor of the Halfling Women’s

Clas­sic cy­cling race which will take place dur­ing the Three

Peaks RIDE New Zealand’s Cy­cling Fes­ti­val in Jan­uary

The 66km Forsyth Barr Halfling Women’s Clas­sic will be held on Satur­day, Jan­uary 26, 2019 in the Waipa district and will be run along­side the other dis­tance op­tions hap­pen­ing within the Hob­biton Movie Set Gran Fondo which in­clude; the

103km Ring Road, the

66km Halfling, the 22km Merry Me­an­der and the Pint Sized Ad­ven­ture for those 10 years and un­der.

Forsyth Barr’s Roger FitzGer­ald says: “As a proudly New Zealandowned firm, Forsyth Barr has al­ways sought to pro­vide mean­ing­ful sup­port back into lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Forsyth Barr and par­tic­u­larly the staff in our Hamil­ton and Cam­bridge of­fices are de­lighted to be in­volved in the Three Peaks RIDE New Zealand Cy­cling Fes­ti­val. We have a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing ini­tia­tives in­volv­ing women in sport and lead­er­ship, hence be­com­ing the nam­ing rights part­ner of the Women’s Clas­sic was a per­fect match for us.”

Thanks to the sup­port, the en­try fee as­so­ci­ated with en­ter­ing this race has been waived.

Si­mon Perry, the chair­man of the RIDE New Zealand’s Cy­cling Fes­ti­val Board, says: “We want to en­cour­age fe­male cy­clists from within the re­gion and be­yond to take part in what we hope will be a highly com­pet­i­tive race and it was im­por­tant to Forsyth Barr and the RIDE board, to look at ways we could re­duce some of the bar­ri­ers that many of our emerg­ing fe­male ath­letes face when seek­ing that vi­tal race ex­pe­ri­ence, cost of an en­try fee be­ing just one of them”.

The 2019 Forsyth Barr Halfling Women’s Clas­sic will in­volve cash prizes for the top five placeget­ters.

Forsyth Barr is also pro­vid­ing the top three women’s un­der 19 placeget­ters with lunch with elite cy­clists Alison Shanks and Hamish Bond.

Photo / Sup­plied

Forsyth Barr’s Hamil­ton man­ager, Roger FitzGer­ald, with , Cam­bridge man­ager Michelle Rol­ley, and fi­nan­cial ad­viser Hamish Bond.

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