New Zealand Cycle Classic moves to new location in 2019

By New Zealand Cycle Classic

Jorge Sandoval during the 2018 New Zealand Cycle held in Wairarapa. Credit: Dave Lintott Photography

The New Zealand Cycle Classic, the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2.2 accredited tour staged in the country will be held in the Waikato next year.

Race director Jorge Sandoval announced this morning that he’d been offered a fresh start to move the five-stage race, which this year attracted over 100 riders representing six nationalities, from Wairarapa to Waikato in 2019. Mr Sandoval said it was an amazing opportunity and allowed him to grow the race with the financial support required.

“I’ve been running this event for 31 years and my dream has always been to grow the race from a UCI 2.2 accredited stage tour to a UCI 2.1 accredited tour. Whilst I believe the Wairarapa has some of the best roads and routes for road cycling in New Zealand it was a constant challenge to get the financial support the event needed. Instead an opportunity has arisen to take the Tour and stage it in the Waikato,” he said.

Mr Sandoval has been offered financial support by the Brian Perry Charitable Trust, long-time supporters of cycling through projects such as Avantidrome and the Te Awa Cycle Trail. The Trust shares the same vision of growing the Tour and cementing its reputation as the premier road cycling event in the country. The vision also sees a significant community event developed to complement the Cycle Classic and celebrate the Waipa District.

Despite the move, Mr Sandoval is not abandoning the Wairarapa altogether. He is hopeful of staging an elite women’s race similar to the 2015 Trust House Women’s Cycle Tour of New Zealand.

“I am going to work really hard to find a replacement Tour to be staged in the Wairarapa. Over the last three years we’ve seen a growing cycling culture emerge here and I hope to continue that in the future.”

For more information please visit
Braden Currie takes out second place at Challenge Wanaka
Braden Currie after finishing the 2018 Challenge Wanaka.
Thursday, 22 February 2018
Gomez and Luxford crowned Challenge Wanaka 2018 champions
Men's podium (L-R, Jesse Thomas of USA 3rd, Javier Gomez of Spain winner and Braden Currie of NZ 2nd) for 2018 Challenge Wanaka Half Pro event on February 17, 2018 in Wanaka, New Zealand.
Sunday, 18 February 2018
Three-peat for Clark while Owen claims her first Kathmandu Coast to Coast title
Whakatane's Sam Clark made it three wins in a row while South African Robyn Owen claimed her first win in the 2018 Kathmandu Coast to Coast World Championship Longest Day.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Javier Gomez to race Challenge Wanaka 2018
Credit: Getty Images Multiple world champion, Javier Gomez (ESP), has announced his plans to race Challenge Wanaka on 17 February 2018.
Monday, 5 February 2018
Experts in sports nutrition claim blackcurrants could be the next go to sports supplement
Lead Performance Nutrition Scientist at the English Institute of Sport, Dr Nathan Lewis and Tottenham’s First Team Nutritionist Hannah Sheridan, claim blackcurrant supplements could be the next breakthrough in sports nutrition.
Thursday, 1 February 2018

News Index »