Jake Rowse and Richard Scott have been voted the 2017 Unsung Hero Award winners for their work with the Calder Stewart Series, photo provided

Calder Stewart Series organisers Jake Rowse and Richard Scott have been voted the Unsung Hero Award winners for 2017.  The duo have been at the forefront of one of New Zealand’s most popular cycling series.  

The Calder Stewart Cycling Series is one of three major cycling series that take place throughout New Zealand, with the Calder Stewart Series in the South Island, the Trust House North Island Series in the lower North Island and the Dynamo Team Championship in the Waikato region.  Over the years it has been home to some truly marvellous performances from a number of New Zealand’s finest from up and coming young talents to established names on the international scene.  But these events are major undertaking for all race organisers and it comes as little surprise that Jake and Richard have been recognised by a number of teams for the work that they have done.

Below are a couple of the nominations that came in for Jake Rowse and Richard Scott:

This was our first year in the race series and both Richard and Jake couldn’t have been more accomodating in helping us get to the start line.  They run a really tight ship and do an exceptional job of marketing the races (pre, post and during) and giving the teams the exposure they need for their sponsors.  These guys both have full time roles outside of the series but their collaborative approach in dealing with teams made the process simple and painless.

Team Skoda Racing

The Calder Stewart Series has been an amazing event, and run extremely well.  They have really focused on giving equality to womens racing and have done an amazing job of giving us exposure!  I really appreciate all the hard work they have put in, as they have really encouraged womens cycling!

Mikayla Harvey

All you have to do is look at the competitive nature of the series with the race lead, teams lead, U19 leads changing several times – shows what a great series this has become.  Keep up the fantastic work Richard and Jake and the team at Calder Stewart Cycling series.

Mike Greer Homes Womens Cycling Team

This year’s series saw Jake Marryatt claim the overall crown and the U23 title for Blackmax Performance ahead of Sam Horgan of Mike Greer Homes Racing and Paul Odlin of Tineli Invitational Team, while Corbin Strong of Joyride Cycle Surgery took the U19 crown.  Luke McPherson of Placemakers won the Masters 35-44 category ahead of Brent Allnut and Glenn Rewi, with Scott McDonnell of Champion System Blue winning the Masters 45-49 category ahead of David Rowlands and Warrick Spence.  The masters 50+ category went to Chris Nicholson of Freshcoice Richmond Pomeroys who won from Blair Stuthridge and Chris Latta, while Mikayla Harvey of Mike Greer Homes Black triumphed in the elite women’s series ahead of Sharlotte Lucas and Kate McIlroy.

Taking second place in the Unsung Hero Award this year is Dirk van Hove.  Dirk has been one of the number of foreigners to have a major impact on the New Zealand cycling scene through his support of New Zealanders particularly in Belgium.

Third in this year’s Unsung Hero Award is Patrick Harvey.  Harvey has been at the forefront of championing women’s cycling in New Zealand, primarily through his work with Mike Greer Homes Womens Cycling which has been the springboard necessary for a number of riders to jump into the professional ranks around the world.  

Thank you to all our nominators who have given shout outs to the many men and women who have made a difference to New Zealand cycling over the years.  Keep your eyes open for the award at the end of this year where we will be taking nominations for the Rowse & Scott Unsung Hero Award 2018!

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