Olympic and world champion rower Hamish Bond and a professional cycling team made up of riders who all have Type 1 diabetes will contest the New Zealand Cycle Classic, an NZCT-funded international stage race held entirely in the Wairarapa from 22 to 26 January 2017.
Hamish Bond said, “I’ve done so little cycle racing and am still finding out what I’m capable of in different situations, You can only learn this about yourself when putting yourself under pressure, so I’m hugely motivated to give myself and the team the best possible chance to do well.”
Bond, who finished eighth on general classification in this year’s Tour of Southland, says finishing the New Zealand Cycle Classic is one of his goals for 2017. “I should be carrying good fitness into the Cycle Classic and depending how I go at the road championships will dictate what I can do going forward. I will be pushing myself against some of the best in the country and against riders from overseas.”
New Zealand Cycle Classic race director Jorge Sandoval is excited about having Bond line up for the tour. "Next year’s 30th celebration of the Cycle Classic is looking to be the best so far with a top line-up of overseas teams coming to New Zealand,” he said. “Having double Olympic rower Hamish Bond in the tour is a privilege for me and I expect he will show his aggressiveness. I hope he goes really well.”
Sandoval also said he’s delighted to secure Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad from the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team. “Team Novo Nordisk was the first overseas team confirmed for January’s tour and they will be making their New Zealand debut,” he said. “It’s terrific news for Kiwis with a couple of New Zealanders in the team, including former Wellingtonian Scott Ambrose.”
Ambrose will be joined by a diverse squad composed of experienced and young athletes. It includes Australians David Nickels and Samuel Munday, New Zealanders Caleb Aoake and Hamish Beadle, American Justin McQuerry and Ulugbeck Saidov from Uzbekistan.