Nick Reddish celebrates with the first leader's jersey of the 2018 New Zealand Cycle Classic, photo Dave Lintott /

A very happy Nick Reddish of Oliver’s Real Food Racing heads into stage 2 of the New Zealand Cycle Classic with the yellow jersey on his shoulders following a well taken victory on day 1 of racing.  We took the chance to chat to Reddish to get his take on the day.

For Nick Reddish a lot of the win today was in the timing.  First of all it was question of timing which breakaway group to get into, with so many going up the road only to be brought back.  Then it became about knowing when to attack the break in the company of Hayden McCormick, and finally what to do in the last kilometre with the time gaps between the two leaders and the rest coming down.

Here’s what the stage winner, overall leader, and best young rider of the New Zealand Cycle Classic had to say about the day, the feeling of being in the yellow jersey, and his thoughts on what may happen in tomorrow’s second stage of the race which starts and finishes in Masterton and takes in the Gladstone Circuit in what looks to be a reasonably lumpy stage to contend with.


Photo: Dave Lintott /


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