A strong field of road cyclists will line up in this Sunday’s second round of the Trust House North Island Cycling Series in the Wairarapa.

Sunday’s race begins in the wine village of Martinborough and takes riders out and back to the quirky fishing village of Ngawi on the dramatic south coast. 

This is the second time in two years that riders have used this circuit, and race director Jorge Sandoval said that the beautiful terrain proved a hard task for all riders in last year’s race, especially on the return leg.

He said riders will start from Martinborough heading south towards Lake Ferry, and after 34 kilometres of racing riders turn left towards Ngawi via Cape Palliser Road. He is looking forward to seeing which of the riders in all three different grades will thrive in what is expected to be challenging conditions.

“This is the race lots of people have been waiting for – the race to Ngawi and back.  Climbing the hill on the way to Ngawi will test them to the maximum.  It’s not a long hill climb but very steep, adding in the wind, which will create lots of issues to many riders,” said Sandoval. “I won’t be surprised if the bunch go to pieces up this hill.” 

Scott McDonnell (in blue) currently leads the Trust House Team Series masters one grade, photo provided

“With around 200 riders in all three grades, it’s great to have riders from around the country coming to the race, most of them get to Wairarapa the day before which is great for the business community”

“The first race in the Trust House North Island series was conducted in great weather conditions, let’s hope the Wairarapa weather gets better for this weekend.  The two Wairarapa local teams sponsored by Tararua Builders Racing have been busy over the last couple of weekends training on the circuit so I hope they go well. ” said Sandoval.

After race one of the five race series, Christchurch’s Scott McDonnell riding for the Fitlab team leads the masters one grade, Jonathan Leonard from Wellington riding for the Total Home Theatre team leads Masters two and Oliver Ferry of Optimal Performance is the current leader of Masters three.

Race two will be held on Sunday, 14th October 2018. It starts at 10.00am from Martinborough and will see riders will race south towards Ngawi via Lake Ferry Road, Cape Palliser Road with the U turn for all riders just before Ngawi village.  

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