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Cyclists get chance
to do elite rides
Mitre 10 Mega Gran Fondo
Saturday, January 28
Start/finish: Oxford St, Ashhurst
(between Worcester and Wyndham
100km ride, start 9am
Enter at cycletournz.com
Sunday, February 5, Memorial
Park, Palmerston North
Arrive 7.45am, ride begins at 8am
Distances 49km, 60km, 76km
Free event organised by Bike
Manawatu, finished off with a visit
to Cafe Esplanade.
Contact 357 5349 or
Even Santa does it: Santa checks his bike-sleigh at 5.50am on Christmas Day as 80 cyclists gather for an early
Photo: WARWICK SMITH
Thirty-three days of cycling might
sound like madness but you don't
have to be on your bike all the
From today Manawatu is home
to 33 days of cycling mania.
The new cycling campaign, co-
ordinated by Sport Manawatu, is
based around the two inter-
national cycling events in Mana-
watu this month and next.
Stage one of the New Zealand
Cycle Classic men's tour starts
today, and next month the region
hosts the NZCT Women's Tour.
For the first time in its 25 year
history the men's cycle classic tour
is in Manawatu.
Every day of the campaign will
feature an event, activity or com-
petition related to cycling.
33 Days of Cycling has some-
thing for everyone, from cycling
fanatics to the people that just
want to head out for a family ride
with the kids on the weekend,''
Sport Manawatu events and rec-
reation manager Kathy McMillan
For those wanting a taste of
elite riding there are two com-
munity rides connected to the
The Mitre 10 Mega Gran Fondo
on Saturday is the first oppor-
tunity ever in New Zealand for
riders to complete a stage of an
international men's tour on the
same day as the pro teams.
The La Femme Fun Ride on
February 25 is a women-only ride
on the same day as the NZCT
Cycle Classic race director Jorge
Sandoval said the gran fondo
(mass participation cycle event) is
a challenge, not a race.
This event is for everyone who
loves to ride bikes and wants to do
a stage of the international tour or
part of it.''
The gran fondo will take place
in the morning of stage four of the
international classic, pro riders
will do the same stage in the after-
The women's-only ride allows
cyclists to ride on part of the
NZCT Women's Tour course and
share the prizegiving stage with
the top tour riders.
The timing of the race also
enables the riders to watch the
start of the tour before their own
Miss McMillan says 33 Days of
Cycling and the coinciding inter-
national tours will showcase our
region as the best place to ride a
The types of events on offer are
free family rides, women's-only
rides, workplace competitions,
bike safety checks and, of course,
loads of prizes.''
33 Days of Cycling also includes
National Go By Bike Day on
Throughout the 33 days people
will be encouraged to use active
transport and all businesses will
be able to sign up to a Business
Battle that will track the amount
of trips they make.
We really want to encourage
everyone to hop on a bike at least
once during the 33 days, whether
it's just biking to work or taking
part in a race,'' Miss McMillan
For more information visit
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