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The NZCT Cycle Classic - 29 January - 2 February 2014

All the glamour and colour of international cycle racing will sweep past the doorsteps and farm gates of many people in the Manawatu region from January 29 to February 2nd 2014 as the New Zealand Community Trust Cycle Classic gets set to thrill spectators for its 27th year.

The New Zealand Cycle Classic – an annual sporting fixture for the past twenty seven years and recognised as the premier international road cycling event in New Zealand, the event starts on Wednesday 29th January with an individual time trial around the John F Kennedy Drive/Airport area and will finish with a mountain climb at the top of the Saddle Road on Sunday 2nd February 2014.

The classic is recognised overseas as the road tour with the highest international standing in New Zealand. This will be reflected in the quality of the New Zealand and overseas riders taking part in this year’s tour.  Top national and professional riders from England, Singapore, Azerbaijan, Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Honk Kong and the best of New Zealand make up the field for the year’s biggest cycle tour in New Zealand. A field of 105 riders, a total of eleven overseas teams plus ten New Zealand teams are taking part in New Zealand’s and Oceania only UCI 2.2 international cycle tour.

Each year the NZCT Cycle Classic unearths new talent, and a number of those riders have gone on to win stages in the Tour de France, the Tour of Italy and world championships among others.
The Manawatu region has to be one of the best areas for cycling in this country. It’s really “the best place to ride a bike” in New Zealand and we are very privileged to stage this international event in the wonderful region of Manawatu.

The final stage is basically new territory for an international bike race. We are going to places where no bike race has ever been before. Riders will climb the Pahiatua track before they complete a 130km circuit in the Wairarapa before heading for the tough climb to the top of Saddle Road by the Meridian wind farm.

This will be a classic stage, finishing the tour with a top of the mountain finish will keep participants and cycling fans waiting to the last few kilometres of the event to find the 2014 winner.  Since 2012 the New Zealand Community Trust has been the major sponsor of the event, their contribution
makes sure the event will be base in Manawatu for many more years and will continue to grow, I thank NZCT for their generous support.

I invite you to come out and watch the race over the five days of racing, look out for ‘the Best Place to View’ and ‘What’s happening today’ information in this website.

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