We are now at the halfway mark of the New Zealand Cycle Classic. James Oram remains in the hot seat as overall leader of the race, while stage wins have also – for the first time this tour – gone to a Kiwi in Alex Frame. One thing has been clear after three stages, New Zealand’s young talent are not afraid of taking it to the best of them.
One of the most satisfying things about this year’s New Zealand Cycle Classic is being able to witness the awesome performances and fearless aggression by some of our brightest young sparks in the New Zealand cycling scene. Today JLT-Condor’s Alex Frame at 23 years of age took today’s stage win. The New Zealand National Team’s James Oram at 23 leads the race overall, James Fouche at 18 was crowned most aggressive rider of the stage, Alex West of Team Skoda Racing leads the best young rider classification. And Oram, West, Hayden McCormick, Brad Evans and Logan Griffin are all in the top ten and are all under 25 years of age.
It’s not just the fact that these riders are taking centre stage, it’s the fact that they are doing so against a high quality international field; staking their claim in an internationally recognised event that bears all the signposts of New Zealand’s rising generation of cyclists heading the right way. And events of the calibre of the New Zealand Cycle Classic are helping them to do just that.