The Balfour Pennington Series will be returning to Wellington roads in 2016, with the three round series set to take on the roads of Whitemans Valley, Wainuiomata and Upper Hutt.  The series is the ideal intro to the road season for riders who are working on building their endurance fitness.

It’s been 44 years since the first Balfour Pennington series was launched by PNP.  The emphasis on the series is that it’s a handicap three-race series with something for everyone to enjoy and benefit from.  Held over short courses that range from 25-70km, the organisers of the series remain loyal to their handicap system in order to keep the racing enjoyable, exciting and competitive for everyone regardless of experience or ability.

A statement on the PNP website says, “The BP series is the perfect start for legs that don’t have the endurance fitness that traditionally comes later in the season.”

The first race will be held at Whitemans Valley, with two course options available for riders; the 2-lap 54km event or the one lap 27km race.  The series opener will take place on 28th August.

Round 2 will be held at Wainuiomata on the 3rd September, where distances will range from 35km to 70km depending on grades.  The series finale takes place on the Wallaceville – Mangaroa Circuit in upper Hutt on 10th September, with the circuit being navigated 5 times for the A-C grade riders for a 70km race, with the C-E graders taking on 3 laps for 42km; with the prize giving following directly after the final round.

For more information check out the PNP Event Calendar page.


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