Team Skoda Fruzio have a rich history at the Gravel and Tar Classic, and in 2020 they will be back for more.  This year Ben Oliver finished 7th for the team in and the team have a great history of success in the event.

With a tried and true record of championing young riders towards further international and professional success in our sport, Team Skoda Fruzio were a natural first choice for an invite when it came to New Zealand teams for the 2020 Gravel and Tar Classic. 

Race director Steve Stannard said, “They’re fully professional in their approach and always come with a team capable of winning.”

That team have consistently featured in the sharp end of results at the only UCI 1.2 race in Oceania.  In 2018 it was the turn of Ben Hamilton, who finished 6th, and in 2017 they placed three riders in the top ten and took out the team classification title.

Speaking about the Gravel and Tar Classic, team director Brad Tilby said, “We love this race and have come here since its inception five years ago.  It is the first race on the calendar for us and we want to start the year off well.”

2020 is shaping up to be a thrilling year for Team Skoda Fruzio, with Laurence Pithie already having taken the Criterium National title in Christchurch; adding to world junior track championship success earlier in the year.  A rocking and rolling recent Holden Men’s Classic at the BDO Taupo Cycle Challenge saw the outfit come away with 9th in the form of Andrew Bidwell after Pithie had taken out the criterium ahead of Bidwell and new signing Keegan Hornblow.

The 2020 edition of the Gravel and Tar Classic takes off on the 25th January with UCI 1.2 status for both the men’s (over 130km) and women’s (over 116km) races.  To find out more about the Gravel and Tar Classic, the Gravel and Tar La Femme or the Slicks and Stones Gran Fondo click here.

Photo: Danielle Ward-Concept78 Photography

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