The growth of New Zealand women’s road cycling on an international scale continues and Mikayla Harvey, Grace Anderson and Georgia Catterick will once again be at the centre of that growth in 2018. The trio will line up for Team Illuminate in 2018, the UCI outfit with whom the three have raced in 2017.
In 2017 Grace Anderson, Georgia Catterick and Mikayla Harvey earned high praise from team manager Chris Johnson after their first season with Team Illuminate. The journey to America for racing this year saw the three of them exposed to races which included the Cascade Cycling Classic and the Amgen Women’s Tour of California.
“Mikayla, Georgia and Grace proved they have the ability to compete at the international level. We’re fortunate to have them on the team,” Johnson said. “We’re very happy to have Mikayla, Georgia and Grace back on the team next season.”
One of the team’s big highlights of the year was their trip to the Amgen Tour of California, an event which the team hopes to return to in 2018.
In 2018 though Mikayla and Grace will get their season off to a big start after the elite road national championships in Napier. The pair of them will be joined by Lydia Rippon, Kate Smith, Ella Harris and Rylee McMullen at the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under. Next year’s Women’s Tour Down Under sees the race upgraded to UCI 2.1 status, tackling four stages from 11th-14th January.
They will be racing for the New Zealand National Team, as Georgia Williams, Mikayla Harvey, Georgia Catterick, Racquel Sheath and Bryony Botha did this year. This year saw Georgia Williams finish 12th overall after her second place finishes in the national championship road race and time trial.