Top New Zealand riders are travelling to Masterton once again this weekend for race four in the 2018 Trust House North Island Team Series. This one will be a battle to the end with a number of climbs culminating with a finish at the top of Rangitumau Hill.
This Saturday’s race, held on the outskirts of Masterton, is labelled by event organiser Jorge Sandoval as the “Queen” race of the series.
Saturday’s race will be really hard, there are some big climbs over the 90km race before riders get to the 5km climb to the finish at the top of Rangitumau hill. Riders start from Rangitumau heading north towards Alfredton via Mauriceville, Dreyers Rock and Whangaehu Valley, at Alfredton riders turn around and come back to the finish at Rangitumau hill via Dreyers Rock and Mauriceville.
“This is the race everyone has been waiting for, the mountains with a top of the hill finish, this weekend we get to see who is the real hill climber of the series with only one more race to follow on December 2nd,” race director Jorge Sandoval said. “I won’t be surprised if we get a new leader after this race. Rangitumau Hill was used for the first time last year, club riders from Masterton usually ride up there once a year so it promises to get riders into the unknown.”
Leaders in all three grades of the Trust House series is very close with many riders having the opportunity to take the race lead if they ride well up the hill this weekend. “In last year’s race most riders underestimated the 2.1 kilometre final hill climb, many of them went too hard from the bottom and ran out of puff half way up, this time will be different, riders have to learn how hard this is hill is, especially in the last kilometre,” Sandoval said.
The Trust House Team series has given road cycling in New Zealand a big lift, all riders must enter as a team. This gives them the opportunity to create a team with workmates, friends, other club riders etc.
With five races in the greater Wairarapa between September and December 2018, riders of all abilities and from all over the country come and take part in the series. Riders get a taste of high level competitive ‘teams’ racing only seen in large tours like the New Zealand Cycle Classic.
The Trust House sponsored series also gives riders of all ages the chance to experience riding with support vehicles and a race convoy in a professionally run series. With different grades to suit all levels, the series offers a challenge to all competitive cyclists. Whether they are an elite rider, up and coming junior, veteran competitor or just a keen weekend warrior there is a grade for everyone. The series also provides masters with the opportunity to compete against other teams in a friendly/social grades but also competitive.