New Zealand Community Trust Tour of New Zealand 2009 (UCI 2.2)
Women's International Cup of Cycling (UCI 1.1)
Australian invasion of New Zealand
Wellington / Masterton area, North Island, New Zealand, February 25 - 27 & March 1
No doubt a victim of the lack of other events in the Oceania region, the Tour of New Zealand, based in the Masterton (Wellington) area has a more limited array of rider nationalities than in the recent past. The start sheet is devoid of the winners from the previous two years, European-based pros, Kristin Armstrong (2008) and Judith Arndt (2007).
European-based professional teams are not making the long journey to the Southern Hemisphere this year, there is not a World Cup event in Australasia for the first time in many years. The Geelong World Cup (and accompanying Tour) is not on the 2009 UCI calendar. In the past, it has been a logical start to the season for teams to arrive early in Australia, train in the Geelong area, compete in the Geelong Tour and World Cup and then cross the Tasman for the Tour of New Zealand a few days later. Without other events in the region, travelling to the New Zealand event alone would be outside of the budgetary constraints of teams.
list of Australian and international riders entered in next week’s NZCT
Women’s Tour of New Zealand and the International Cup of Cycling continues
The NZCT (
Systems Pro team
is lead by Top Australian hill climber Ruth Corser who finished second on
the stage up Admiral Hill in the 2008 tour, beaten by eventual tour winner
Kristin Armstrong. Ruth will be
one of the riders to beat during
the three day tour. Supporting
her, are top Canadian rider Steph Roorda, American pro Dotsie Baush and Kiwi
riders Malindi MacLean and Lauren Ellis.
Rachel Mercer from
the Cyclosport team is also a rider likely to be in contention for top
With the Beijing Olympic Games out of the way, Asian riders are now preparing for the Asian Games and World Championships. Known for their power and determination, the Chinese team is sure to prove a handful for opposition riders.
is thrilled that more and more international teams are making their way to
got a fantastic field with lots of different experience and style.
who come here go home speaking highly about our tour and organisation - and
this encourages even more overseas teams to come.
Japanese team has been in a training camp for the past two weeks in
total of 70 riders in 14 teams will start the only international women’s
cycling event in
NZCT Tour finishes on Friday 27 February, and on Sunday, riders take part in
the NZCT Women’s International Cup of Cycling in a 9km circuit in the city
Manager: Shayne Bannan
Pro Cycling Team –
Li Ping Zhang
Ling Luo Xiao
Manager; Shoichi Iwadate
Cycles Team –
Manager: Ric Reid
45 Jo Hogan
Manager; Stephen Elden
Manager; Eddie Bright
System Cycling Team Manager:
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