The 2018 Trust House North Island Team Series is on its way, with the first round of the series now just under three months away. The five-round series takes in racing across the lower half of the North Island from September to December, is expanding this year as the great feedback from the masters riders in particular sees a growth in categories available.
In 2017 racing in the Trust House North Island Series saw an explosion of numbers from the masters riders in particular, something that race director Jorge Sandoval singled out as a huge success point of the series. :The 2017 series were very successful,” Jorge told RoadCycling. ”We had large numbers of masters riders taking part at every race. Seeing master riders having a go at all races was very rewarding, with people of all ages coming to the series and having a great time racing with their mates in a very well organised event.”
As riders get ready for the 2018 edition of the race there are a couple of new elements to the race. The first is that in this year’s Trust House Series Lake Wairarapa will be introduced to the riders. 40 minutes’ drive from Masterton, the Lake is the third largest in the North Island at 78sq kilometres in area. And while this year sees no climb of Admiral Hill, the ascent of Rangitumau Hill will still provide a hotly anticipated summit finish in round 4 on 10th November.
One of 2017’s new additions will also be making a notable comeback this year. “Most riders were very complementary of our circuit in race 3 to Tora, this circuit with the final six km made of gravel road will feature again,” Sandoval told us.
The huge success of the masters fields in 2017 has led Jorge Sandoval to introduce three different masters categories for this year’s series. “After some positive feedback from riders, we have created three grades for master rides, 35-45, 45-55 and 55 plus, this will allow riders of different ages to race against other riders of similar age,” Sandoval explained.
Entries are open now for elite/U23 and masters riders at this year’s Trust House Series, with options for entry including full series packages as well as individual race entry options. You can find out all about entries for the Trust House North Island Series here.
The series will start on Sunday 9th September and will take in Lake Wairarapa. Race 2 on 14th October will be a race to the coast – at least for the first half – as riders start and finish in Martinborough but ride out in the direction of Cape Paliser before the turnaround. Round 3 on 28th October will take in the gravel section which will feature on the race’s 80km route, while the summit finish climb of Rangitumau Hill will be tackled in race 4 which is on Saturday 10th November. The culmination of the race takes place in Masterton with a tough and rolling 85km which sees the field head out to Alfredton before heading back on 2nd December.
“The Team Series give riders of all ages the chance to experience riding with support vehicles and a race convoy in a professionally run series. With different masters grades to suit all levels, the series offers a challenge to all competitive cyclists. Whether you’re a masters competitor or just a keen weekend warrior there is a grade for you,” Sandoval told us.
To find out more about this year’s Trust House North Island Series or to enter click here.