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New Zealand Community Trust Tour of New Zealand 2009    (UCI 2.2)

 

Women's International Cup of Cycling (UCI 1.1)

 

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                                   A Tour and a one day race in 2009   

 

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Wellington area, North Island, New Zealand, February 25 - 27 & March 1

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Stokes Valley 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 Wellington 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 Wellington ,” 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 on offer.

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 in the Wellington 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 New Zealand , 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.

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Kristin Armstrong - winner of the 2008 Tour of New Zealand

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Stages

Tour of New Zealand

Wednesday 25 February 2009

STAGE ONE:                        Gladstone Circuit

DISTANCE:                           128.50 kms    (3x Laps at 29.10 kms per lap)

 

Thursday 26 February 2009

STAGE TWO:                        Masterton, Martinborough - Masterton

DISTANCE:                           109 kms        

 

Friday 27 February 2009

STAGE 3:                             Masterton Circuit – Finish Top Admiral Hill

DISTANCE:                           115.5 kms

CIRCUIT:                               Flat

 

Women’s International Cup of Cycling UCI 1.1

Sunday 1st March 2009

Total distance each lap;  8.7km - Riders to complete 14 laps

 

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Start List

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