The Counties Cycle Classic returns this year on October 13th at Pukekohe Park, raceway again using the famous V8 track to start and finish the races.
Fast become a fixture on the cycling calendar, the event organized by the Rotary Club of Pukekohe Inc. is shaping up to be even bigger and better this year.
Organiser Graham Russell says the classic has again been well supported by sponsorship from local businesses and a grant from the Franklin Local board of Auckland Council.
“This on-going support along with the level of entries tells us that we’re ticking all the right boxes for what the community wants.”
The Counties Cycle Classic caters for serious riders who take on the 92K challenge, an intermediate distance for those looking for a bit of a challenge, and the shorter 42k course for casual riders.
As well as the traditional rides, the Classic has a special e-bike section where riders are challenged to get as close as they can to a pre-set time, and rides for children around the V8 track – definitely an experience to share at school talks.
As a Rotary initiative, every dollar raised goes to charity and youth sports, so Russell is challenging everyone to “jump on your bikes and start training.”
This year’s Counties Cycle Classic will be held on Sunday 13 October 2019, just a couple of weeks ahead of the K2 on the Coromandel and about six weeks before Taupo which is also a Rotary initiative.
“A great warm-up opportunity to start getting yourself in shape,” says Russell.
Distances are the same as last year: 42km, 52km, 97km plus a time trial for electric bikes on the 52km course. The ride is on roads with very little traffic and great scenery. There is also the opportunity for children to ride around the V8 track whilst the cycle races are out on the road. So come along and enjoy a great family day out.
For more information and registration, visit: http://countiescycleclassic.co.nz/