The 2015 NZCT New Zealand Cycle Classic kicks off in Palmerston North on Wednesday 28 January. As the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) endorsed event in New Zealand, this race attracts a wide range of local and international competitors.
This year the five day road cycling race will see 105 competitors speeding through the Manawatu countryside and completing time trials around Palmerston North. There are 11 overseas teams and 10 New Zealand teams competing, with riders completing a total of 587 kms over five stages. The hardest stage is day five, where they will complete a hilly 154 km ride from Palmerston North to the Wairarapa and back via the Pahiatua Track.
The Classic is a great opportunity for local cyclists to test their skills against top level international riders. That’s one of the reasons NZCT has been a long term supporter of this event. It allows amateur Kiwi riders to gain race experience in a tough international field - without the expense of overseas travel.
The tour is a great spectator event too, so locals and visitors are advised to visit the NZCT New Zealand Cycle Classic website for advice on where to get the best view each day.