A strong field 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 third time that riders have used this circuit, and race director Jorge Sandoval says the beautiful terrain will prove a hard task for all riders, especially on the return leg.
He said riders will start from Martinborough heading south towards Lake Ferry, and after 34 kilometres of racing riders will 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, will create lots of issues to many riders,” said Sandoval. “I won’t be surprised if the bunch go to pieces up this hill.”
“With around 160 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 the 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, Wellington’s Gavin McCarthy riding for Wheelworks team leads masters one grade but he will be under pressure on Sunday from five times New Zealand champion and bronze medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Gordon McCauley riding for Meo GP team. Huib Buick from Wellington riding for the Fitlab team leads Masters two grade and Oliver Ferry who rides for the Optimal Performance team is the current leader of Masters three.
Race two will be held on Sunday, 14th October 2018 starting at 10am.