It’s with sadness that Marc Gascoigne, President of the Te Awamutu Cycling Club, has announced that there will be no Te Awamutu Junior Tour in 2018. The race, which has been a vital launchpad towards top flight cycling for so many of New Zealand’s finest, will not be taking place next year, with organisers hopeful that the race might return in 2019.
Below is the statement from Marc Gascoigne, shared by Dynamo Events, confirming that next year the Te Awamutu Junior Tour will not go ahead:
After 18 years of running this event, the decision has not been made lightly. Unfortunately the Junior Tour has become a very expensive and time consuming event to hold, due to ever increasing pressures around traffic management, medical cover, health and safety, course design and compliance amongst others.
We were not able to hold the event at its usual Korakanui circuit, and Dynamo Events who have done such a brilliant job as event managers over the years are unable to continue assisting us. At this stage, we couldn’t guarantee that we could hold the Junior Tour to the same high standard as previous years and we thought it best to leave it for 2018 an work on hopefully bringing it back bigger and better for 2019.
We know there will be disappointment with many people as the Junior Tour has become an iconic fixture on the cycling calendar. We would sincerely like to thank all those who have helped on previous tours, all of the commissaires, lead car drivers, wheel wagons, marshals, Dynamo Events, and especially to Gib who have been such supportive sponsors for many years. And of course, to the many riders from our club and beyond who have supported the Tour.
Over the years now household names have triumphed at the Te Awamutu Junior Tour, with Rushlee Buchanan, Georgia Williams, Holly Edmondston and Mikayla Harvey all triumphing over the years and going on to great things on the road and track. Campbell Stewart, Regan Gough, Sam Dobbs, Wes Gough and James Oram likewise have been very successful and have gone on to represent New Zealand and taste world championship success.
The event will be sorely missed and we hope to see it return in 2019.