All the glitz and glamour of international cycling will sweep through the Wairarapa again in January 2018, thanks to the New Zealand Cycle Classic, the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2.2 accredited tour staged in New Zealand. This annual sporting fixture, now celebrating its 31st year, will be held from January 17th – 21st 2018 with riders coming from around the world, including for the first time ever the Swiss national pursuit cycling team. The tour is staged right throughout the region with racing beginning each morning in Masterton at 10am. There will be plenty of opportunities for people to watch the riders or support them as they race past.
Being held simultaneously, is Huri Huri a series of community based cycling events designed to celebrate the Wairarapa’s bike-friendly roads, tracks and trails; the people that ride on them and the bikes they ride. These include: an opportunity to explore the historic Castlepoint Station by bike along three different coastal tracks on Saturday, 20th January and a fun, family friendly evening at Mitre 10 Mega Masterton on Tuesday, 16th January which is also the official team’s welcome. This promotional evening will include a freestyle BMX display; fun cycle obstacle course for children; a free barbecue and a promotional circuit ride for club riders. The elite teams will also ride the same Criterium circuit enabling spectators to get a taste of what exciting, international racing will unfold in the coming days.
DETAILS FOR THE 2018 NEW ZEALAND CYCLE CLASSIC
Teams Official Presentation & Promotional Criterium: Tuesday, 16th January 2018
Mitre 10 Mega Masterton, evening
Includes teams presentation, Criterium, Huri Huri BMX display, family BBQ
Stage One. Wednesday 17th January 2018
Masterton – Alfredton – Masterton
Stage Two. Thursday, 18th January 2018
Masterton – Gladstone Circuit – Masterton
Stage Three. Friday, 19th January 2018
Masterton – Martinborough
Stage Four. Saturday, 20th January 2018
Masterton – Te Wharau – Admiral Hill
Huri Huri event
Explore Castlepoint Station by bike, 20th January 2018
Stage Five. Sunday, 21st January 2018
Masterton. Riders complete 12 laps of a 10km circuit.