Triathlete Carterton Mayor to
ride Wellington

Media Release - 13 January 2021

Anything could happen when you pit a Mayor, a sporting mascot and a politician against each other for a bike race on Lambton Quay Wellington.

But spectators will be able to see for themselves this Sunday when this very scenario unfolds as part of the fun, new community event Cycle the Golden Mile, a curtain raiser for the fifth and final stage of the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic which is returning to the Capital City after a 10-year hiatus.

Carterton Mayor Greg Lang, Hurricanes mascot Captain Hurricane and Greg O’Connor, Labour MP for Member for Ōhāriu and chairperson of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee, will line up in the Celebrity Capital Criterium beginning at 10.30am on Sunday, 17th January. The trio will be joined by Wellington Deputy Mayor Sarah Free, former Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown, National List MP Chris Bishop, and other Wellington sporting mascots Leo and Flossie.

Carterton Mayor Greg Lang, who is a triathlete, says it’s fantastic to be able to bring the New Zealand Cycle Classic from Wairarapa to Wellington for the final stage.

“It’s not often we get the chance to take events over the hill,” he says. “Cycle the Golden Mile is such an awesome opportunity for people of all ages and ability to cycle safely in a place that you wouldn’t normally be able to, especially as the roads are closed to traffic.”

“As a triathlete I would normally ride a road racing bike, but I’m really looking forward to bringing along my old granddad’s bike to take part in this fun event.”

Celebrity Capital Criterium is one of four fun races being held on Sunday providing cyclists of all ages and abilities the rare opportunity to bike along Lambton Quay in the heart of Wellington’s CBD. With roads already closed off to traffic ahead of the fifth and final stage of the NZ Cycle Classic, a UCI 2.2 sanctioned event and the sole Oceania stage road event being held in New Zealand and Australia this month, race director Jorge Sandoval says Cycle the Golden Mile is a great opportunity for cyclists to experience the excitement and razzamatazz associated with large scale road cycling events.

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