Driv­ers sought for NZ Clas­sic cy­cling event

Waipa Post - - News -

Waipa cy­cling fans are in for a treat early in the new year.

The New Zealand Cy­cle Clas­sic is recog­nised as the premier in­ter­na­tional road cy­cling event in New Zealand.

Next year (Jan­uary 23-27) it will be held for the first time right on our doorstep in Cam­bridge and Te Awa­mutu.

It is a UCI 2.2 event and will host 15 in­ter­na­tional pro teams and five New Zealand based teams, in­clud­ing a strong lo­cal team spon­sored by Spo­ken Cy­cles and GD Pringle Build­ing.

“This is go­ing to be an epic event to get in­volved in, and we have been given the op­por­tu­nity to be right there amongst the ac­tion,” says Melinda Loader, sec­re­tary of Te Awa­mutu Sports Cy­cling Club.

“The club has been ap­proached by the or­gan­is­ers to help sup­ply driv­ers and helpers. Th­ese will be paid roles.

“Two driv­ers are re­quired for the com­mis­saires. You must be con­fi­dent driv­ers — cy­clists who are con­fi­dent driv­ing in a bunch of cy­clists or pass­ing cy­clists at any time.

“Six peo­ple are needed for the three neu­tral ser­vice cars — two in each car. Th­ese driv­ers will need to be con­fi­dent driv­ing in a cy­cle race and have at least a 2019 club cy­cling li­cence.”

Loader says the club also needs peo­ple to of­fi­ci­ate as fin­ish lane crew.

“We need four peo­ple to help with the set up of the fin­ish lane each day. This in­volves the fin­ish arch and pre­sen­ta­tion dais, a bit of heavy lift­ing but noth­ing too big. Would suit stu­dents on hol­i­days, some­one who needs the money, etc.”

You will be re­quired for about four hours on each of the five race days (Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 23-Sun­day, Jan­uary 27).

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Marc Gas­coigne on mar­c­maria1@gmail.com or 027 290 3790.

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