The only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2.2 event staged in New Zealand with all five stages taking place in the Wairarapa, just one hour from New Zealand's Coolest Little Capital; Wellington!
Next year's event is from 13 to 17 January 2021
As the country continues its incredible response to the Covid-19 global pandemic and we begin to move through the Alert Levels, I have continued to monitor the situation in regard to the resumption of cycling events and organised activities.
While it's hard to predict where the country, and the world, will be in January 2021, I am feeling optimistic I will be able to deliver the 2021 New Zealand Cycle Classic (NZCC), the only Union Cycliste Internationale 2.2 event staged in Oceania.
I acknowledge that right now, my planning process is speculative and reliant on what changes the Government will make in coming months around size limits on events, health and safety protocols and sporting guidelines that may change or come into effect. But rest assured my team and I have a strong desire to get back to racing and are committed to doing our best to be able to deliver a safe and exciting NZCC.
Therefore I have developed a Plan A (based on a trans-Tasman bubble happening or a complete international field if the borders open up to Asia, America and Europe) and a Plan B (a New Zeland Cycle Classic for domestic riders only) - with both plans looking to be held from January 13th - 17th, 2021.
The New Zealand Cycle Classic
The NZ Cycle Classic has been an annual sporting fixture for over three decades and is recognised as the premier international road cycling event in New Zealand. Each year the NZ Cycle Classic unearths new talent, and a number of these riders have gone on to win stages in the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, world championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympics.
Past winners of the Tour include Robbie McEwen, Hayden Roulston, George Bennett, Chris Jenner, Julian Dean and Jay McCarthy among others. Here's a list of past winners!
The Wairarapa is the wine and outdoors region of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Direct flights from Australia can be made into Wellington and then it's a one hour drive to the Wairarapa. Here's a whole heap of information about visiting the Wairarapa.
Everyone can get involved in the tour as a spectator or casual bike rider. There are several community events and prizes to be won for supporters' signs and dressing up track side.
The Tour is a major international cycle race and generates significant economic benefit and media exposure for sponsors, the Wairarapa and New Zealand.
The Tour's vision for the future is to be the most significant New Zealand annual sporting event, attracting thousands of international visitors and a media showcase of New Zealand's people, places and culture. The Tour will be so compelling to the community that it will be a catalyst for engaging more people in all forms of cycling.