Na­tional Cri­terium hits streets

TA Sports Cy­cling Club al­ways well rep­re­sented

Waipa Post - - News -

New Zealand’s best cy­clists will again race around the streets of down­town Taka­puna which hosts the Van­tage Cri­terium Na­tional Cham­pi­onships on Novem­ber 11.

Stars like cur­rent Tour de France rid­ers Pa­trick Bevin (Te Awa­mutu Sports Cy­cling Club) and Tom Scully, dou­ble world moun­tain bike cham­pion Sam Gaze and Olympic medal­list Rush­lee Buchanan (Te Awa­mutu Sports CC) have been among the top-line pro­fes­sional rid­ers to com­pete in the ex­cit­ing cri­terium cham­pi­onships, which have been based in Taka­puna since 2003.

Cy­cling New Zealand event di­rec­tor Janette Dou­glas said the unique na­ture of the course and the venue has seen the event con­tinue to thrive on the sig­nif­i­cant mo­men­tum and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

“It is fan­tas­tic hav­ing this event in cen­tral Taka­puna. The crowds and at­mos­phere are elec­tric and the close­ness of the rac­ing is ex­actly what cri­terium rac­ing should be,” Dou­glas said.

“We are de­lighted with the con­tin­ued sup­port from the lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents of Taka­puna which gives the pub­lic the chance to watch world-class cy­clists at the top of their game.”

Van­tage Win­dows and Doors, al­ready a strong spon­sor of cy­cling, are the new nam­ing spon­sor.

“Van­tage Win­dows and Doors are hugely sup­port­ive of sport through­out New Zealand and es­pe­cially cy­cling,” said Van­tage Win­dows and Doors spokes­woman An­drea Friar.

“We spon­sor the New Zealand elite teams on both the road and track, and the op­por­tu­nity to be­come nam­ing spon­sor of the Cri­terium Na­tional Cham­pi­onships is a nat­u­ral fit and builds on our sup­port for Cy­cling in New Zealand,” she said.

This year recre­ational rid­ers will also get the chance to take part on the same in­nercity cir­cuit in the Ki­wivelo Street Race, which of­fers a rare op­por­tu­nity for week­end war­riors to get a taste of this ex­cit­ing course and for­mat.

It is spon­sored by the lo­cal cy­cling store, Ki­wivelo, owned by former Olympic and Com­mon­wealth Games cy­clists Scott and Vanessa Guy­ton.

“The street race is a great op­por­tu­nity to race your mates and is suit­able for all keen and ex­pe­ri­enced road cy­clists look­ing for a dif­fer­ent sum­mer cy­cling chal­lenge,” said the Guy­tons, who have been ac­tive sup­port­ers of this event since its in­cep­tion.

The event that be­gins at 2pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11 com­prises cham­pi­onship races for male and fe­male Van­tage Elite and Un­der-17s, as well as B grade and street races.

Photo / Sup­plied

Te Awa­mutu’s Sam Gaze leads the way around the packed streets of Taka­puna at the Van­tage Cri­terium Na­tional Cham­pi­onships last year.

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