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[2.2] The New Zealand Cycle classic
« on: December 10, 2016, 14:17 »
The New Zealand Cycle Classic has been an annual sporting fixture for the past twenty nine years and recognised as the premier international road cycling event in New Zealand. 

Each year the Cycle Classic unearths new talent, and a number of those riders have gone on to win stages in the Tour de France, the Tour of Italy and world championships among others.

The Wairarapa region is one of the best areas for cycling in New Zealand. It’s really “the best place to ride a bike” in New Zealand and we are very privileged to stage this international event in the wonderful region of Wairarapa once again.


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Stage: 1 - 22 January : Masterton - Castlepoint 156.00 km
Stage: 2 - 23 January : Masterton - Admiral Hill 147.00 km
Stage: 3 - 24 January : Masterton - Martinborough 136.00 km
Stage: 4 - 25 January : Masterton - Martinborough 143.00 km
Stage: 5 - 26 January : Masterton 120.00 km



Stage: 1 - 22 January : Masterton - Castlepoint, 156.00 km






Stage: 2 - 23 January : Masterton - Admiral Hill, 147.00 km






Stage: 3 - 24 January : Masterton - Martinborough, 136.00 km









Stage: 4 - 25 January : Masterton - Martinborough, 143.00 km






Stage: 5 - 26 January : Masterton, 120.00 km



Previous winners
2016   O'CONNOR Ben Alexander *au   
2015   GUNMAN Taylor Karl *nz   
2014   VINK Michael *nz   
2013   EARLE Nathan *au   
2012   MCCARTHY Jay *au   
2011   BENNETT George *nz   
2010   TORCKLER Michael *nz   
2009   MCDONALD Peter *au   
2008   MEYER Travis *au   
2007   ROULSTON Hayden *nz

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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #1 on: January 19, 2017, 18:26 »
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #2 on: January 21, 2017, 12:50 »
    https://twitter.com/teamjltcondor/status/822624776946487296

    Quote from: John Herety
    Locals are suggesting stage one will be where the yellow jersey will be won or lost. Coastal winds and a climb around 5km before the finish is where an attack could go and time gained over rivals.

    First stage should get underway in ~8h10.

    I'll be keeping on eye on The Schreurs who is riding for the NZ team here and Ambrose who is making his comeback with Novo Nordisk Devo.
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #3 on: January 21, 2017, 13:19 »
    Ambrose caught my name as well Joe Cooper fav for the win I assume
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #4 on: January 21, 2017, 16:31 »
    James Oram maybe?
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #5 on: January 21, 2017, 21:30 »
    https://twitter.com/oliversracing/status/822916943459983361

    James Oram maybe?

    Possibly, but he didn't really progress last year after an okay start to the season. Speaking generally, he can TT and climb a bit, but I don't think either is good enough to bag many wins.

    One name that is missing from the race is Jason Christie. I thought he'd be there to try and advertise his talents and get a contract somewhere.
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #7 on: January 22, 2017, 07:34 »


    Timmy Roe wow  :cool
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #8 on: January 22, 2017, 09:21 »
    Told you he would be nuclear this year!
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #9 on: January 22, 2017, 09:30 »
    Timmy looking lean and mean

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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #10 on: January 22, 2017, 09:37 »
    Told you he would be nuclear this year!

    Hopefully the other BMC failure does the same - especially for team JSG
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #11 on: January 22, 2017, 10:42 »
    https://www.facebook.com/isowheysportsswisswellness/posts/10154871971359882

    Race report.

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    On one of the wet descents around the 80km point, Van Der Ploeg used either A. Reckless stupidity, or B. Slick skills to bridge to the break.

    No sign of 7Eleven in the results or the Colombians for that matter.
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #12 on: January 23, 2017, 07:51 »
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #14 on: January 24, 2017, 07:43 »
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #15 on: January 24, 2017, 09:15 »
    Ignore Torckler for a second. Double olympic champion in 18th in the overall. Hamish Bond- the rower, that is
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #16 on: January 25, 2017, 00:24 »
    https://twitter.com/procyclingstats/status/824048280829067264

    Sounds like another crazy stage. Group of 5-6 went clear with various attacks from behind and guys trying to join. Think the break grew to about 10-11 riders and ISO had numbers to push it hard.
    Cooper attacked the break late on and looks to have sewn up the GC, although he was caught and Mould won the stage.
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #17 on: January 25, 2017, 08:14 »
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #18 on: January 25, 2017, 15:38 »
    Check ninth in the overall. It's brilliant. No, seriously.
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #19 on: January 25, 2017, 16:47 »
    Check ninth in the overall. It's brilliant. No, seriously.
    My name is Hamish ... :cool
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
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    #isowhey  have another great new Zealand Classic

    Really disappointed with the lack of Video out there, I might have missed sounds like some great racing on 3 stages
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #21 on: January 26, 2017, 10:10 »
    Yep stages 2 and 4 sounded great, would have preferred to see them than San Juan (as entertaining as the madness is)
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #22 on: January 28, 2017, 06:13 »
    Some talk by "road cycling" that this may become a 2.1 quite soon (as early as next year).
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    « Reply #23 on: January 28, 2017, 09:58 »
    Some talk by "road cycling" that this may become a 2.1 quite soon (as early as next year).
    :cool
    Would be great for Oceania cycling to have a 2.1 race other than the Herald Sun Tour, now that CEGORR has joined the TDU in the WorldTour.
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #24 on: January 28, 2017, 11:01 »
    Had a cursory search, and found that the plan is for 2.1 in 2018. Good for the race.

    Conversely, it means zero .2 races in the tour. REV not UCI classified as of now. Further reduces opportunities for development of local riders. The honour roll for this race particularly is impressive-
    McEwen 1995
    Corey Sweet (Jay's brother) 1997
    Julian Dean 1999
    Matt Lloyd, Travis Meyer, pre fliped Torckler, Jay McCarthy etc in the 2000s...

    Bit of a void
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #25 on: January 28, 2017, 11:06 »
    Conversely, it means zero .2 races in the tour. REV not UCI classified as of now.
    The problem is that the rules for UCI races are written with Europe in mind:
    "Minimum of 10 teams, including at least 5 foreign teams" is hard to achieve in e.g. North America or Oceania. And even Latin America sometimes.[1]
    If this could be relaxed for some countries (*us *ca *au *nz) the Australian NRS races, the REV Classic, Tour of Southland etc. could all become UCI-classified - and then you'd have a serious *au *nz calendar of UCI races.
     1. Vuelta a Colombia, I'm looking at you!
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #26 on: January 28, 2017, 11:30 »
    I don't really know much about the UCI race rules, tbh. With Australia becoming more of a pre-season destination these days, it could be possible. But it would still limit opportunities to accommodate the cream.

    Regarding the uci classification, the likes of Tasmania and Southland dropping out of UCI accreditation suggests that the costs to attain required levels might be too high. Certainly remember seeing it a few years ago about the difficulty of NRS becoming UCI level. This from the nice part of cyclingtips' website suggests the same (second half- what do you get for your money)
    https://cyclingtips.com/2016/02/folding-teams-and-the-conti-scene-is-it-worth-having-a-continental-license-in-australia/
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #28 on: February 02, 2017, 08:37 »
    Have a look at page 9 onwards from this document for their pitch to the district council. It's from May last year. 2.1 called a test match... Think I was on a tab and didn't post the link last time.
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    Re: The New Zealand Cycle classic
    « Reply #29 on: February 02, 2017, 08:52 »
    2.1 called a test match...
    :S
    I know that it's sometimes necessary to put things in phrases that the people you want to reach can understand - but if 2.1 is a Test Match, what's WT status? Rugby World Cup, every year? :slow

    What I find important is that if the race does go 2.1, it still keeps a good local 'feel' to it. A #teamnz national team is a must, and hopefully there'll also be at least one *nz Conti team next year. (Some of) the *au Conti teams could also be attracted, plus #jlt who are a traditional feature of the race.
    It shouldn't just become another 'plastic' race where the whole peloton is jetted in from Europe (well, from Adelaide post-TDU).
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