Cycling New Zealand has confirmed its line ups for a host of the biggest events in Oceania over the summer. The Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Gravel and Tar Classic and New Zealand Cycle Classic are all on the schedule.
The New Zealand summer is set to be one of the busiest for us here at RoadCycling as we get ready to chase the biggest events in Oceania. The action begins on the first weekend of January with the Elite Road National Championships in Napier and from there heads either side of the Tasman with the following events set to feature a host of New Zealanders:
Santos Women’s Tour Down Under: 10th-13th
Santos Tour Down Under: 15th-20th
Gravel and Tar Classic: 19th
New Zealand Cycle Classic: 23rd-27th
Women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race: 26th
Men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race: 27th
Women’s Herald Sun Tour: 30th-31st
Herald Sun Tour: 30th Jan – 3rd Feb
The Women’s Tour Down Under will see Kirsty McCallum, Deborah Paine, Elyse Fraser, Niamh Fisher-Black, Amanda Jamieson and Grace Anderson team up for the 4-day race. Grace Anderson and Niamh Fisher-Black both head into 2019 on the back of having represented New Zealand at the UCI World Road Championships in Innsbruck, while Amanda Jamieson has recently confirmed that she will be returning to the MEXX-Watersley International Team over in Europe; joining Rylee McMullen and Bronwyn Macgregor.
In 2018 Grace Anderson excelled in both the Women’s Tour Down Under and Herald Sun Tour where she took 1st and 2nd respectively at the young rider classifications in both races.
In the New Zealand Cycle Classic James Oram will once again be donning the New Zealand national team colours; having done so successfully on behalf of former ONE Pro Cycling teammate Hayden McCormick. This year’s edition of the race saw McCormick take the overall win on the final day thanks in no small part to the work of Oram who finished 6th on GC.
Oram will be joined by Ryan Christensen who will return to Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes in 2019. Track stars Regan Gough and Jordan Kerby will join them straight from the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Cambridge along with Ethan Batt – king of the mountains at the SBS Bank Tour of Southland – and Ben Hamilton who heads abroad in 2019 to Holdsworth Zappi Racing in the UK.
The line up will remain unchanged in the Gravel and Tar Classic but for Gough and Kerby; with Matias Fitzwater and Burnie McGrath replacing them for New Zealand’s only UCI one-day race on the 19th.
Stay tuned for further team announcements.