The country’s top cyclocross riders will take part in the UCI New Zealand Cyclocross National championships this week as part of the downtown action of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. The general public will also have an opportunity to take part in this emerging sport from tomorrow (Thursday) on Wanaka’s lakefront.
Cyclocross draws huge crowds in Europe, but unlike the Tour de France it takes place during the depths of winter with crowds comes to make noise and watching the elite athletes go hard for a solid 60 min of endurance and skill.
Starting on Thursday evening with a “Preview of Cyclocross” on the waterfront in Wanaka with a local kids and the LWT Corporate Challenge recreational race from 5:30pm followed by Elite Racing from 7pm. Friday night is the Dirt Jam under lights and Sprint Eliminator at the renowned Lismore Bike Park.
The current national champion, Garry Hall from Hawkes Bay joins Alex Revell, Revolution Bikes (Wellington), Brendon Sharrat (Wellington), Mark Cabin Leishman (Rotorua), Scott Lyttle (Masterton/Dunedin), Logan Horn (Christchurch) and Tom Bradshaw (Wellington/Dunedin) on Saturday in Wanaka’s Lismore Park to battle for the Men’s UCI National Cyclocross Champion’s Jersey.
Before the big race primary, intermediate and secondary school age groups and recreational adults will compete on the same course from 11am.
The final Cyclocross race in the Winter Games Series will be on Sunday at Wynyard Park in Queenstown from 1pm.