area, North Island, New Zealand, February 25 - 27 & March 1
promoter Jorge Sandoval has been granted a new top-rating international
women’s cycle race for his February and March 2009 promotions by the
sport’s world governing body, the UCI.
Though Sandoval has missed out on bringing the women’s World Cup back to
he has managed to secure the next best thing, a 1.1 rating one-day classic
to be staged in Masterton on Sunday, March 1, 2009. It will follow
Sandoval’s UCI-sanctioned annual international three-day women’s tour in
the Wairarapa (region) from February 25 to 27. The New Zealand Community
Trust is the naming right’s sponsor for both events.
The Wairarapa is recognised as a world-class cycling destination with
its ideal terrain, including the demanding Admiral and Te Wharau hill
climbs, and an absence of big-city traffic. The climbs will feature on the
second day of the women’s tour.
“My team and I had been working to bring the World Cup back to
,” Sandoval said. “It didn’t work out this time but the
UCI have offered us encouragement with the 1.1 rating one-day race. It’s
ranked just below a World Cup race. There’s plenty of world ranking points
“This is great news for our sport and the region. One day races
graded 1.1 usually only take place in European cities. I’ll be running the
event as though it was a World Cup race on the platform already established
region by sponsors, officials, organisers and supporters.
“We must reproduce the momentum created in the World Cup rounds of
2005 and 2006. To have the NZCT on board for a second time is very special.
It gives us the confidence to put on two first-class women’s events on our
own soil in 2009, and beyond.”
The good news about the 120 km one-day classic follows on the successful
launch in October of Sandoval’s book, Jorge Sandoval, Surviving Pinochet.
NZCT chief executive Mike Knell said his organisation was happy to help.
“We are the largest founder of amateur sport in
, and we’re pleased to contribute to the success of these outstanding
events. The one-day classic is a great challenge for participants, and an
added boost to cycling’s already high profile in the region.”
- winner of the 2008 Tour of New Zealand
of New Zealand
25 February 2009
128.50 kms (3x
Laps at 29.10 kms per lap)
26 February 2009
Masterton, Martinborough - Masterton
27 February 2009
Masterton Circuit – Finish Top Admiral Hill
International Cup of Cycling UCI 1.1
1st March 2009
distance each lap; 8.7km -
Riders to complete 14 laps
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