This weekend Velo Project, one of New Zealand’s leading women’s trade teams, head to China for an intense racing schedule.  

Leaving for China on the 18th of May, Velo Project has a race calendar that has three UCI races in 10 days.  Starting off with UCI 1.2 Tour of Zhoushan Island I on the 21st, Velo Project will then compete in the 2.2 Tour of Zhoushan on the 22nd-23rd.  Velo Project finishes with UCI 1.2 Tour of Taiyuan on the 26th.  

Velo Project is taking a squad of six riders.  The team will be spearheaded by Elyse Fraser who is currently racing in Belgium and Kirsty McCallum who is performing consistently.  Both riders gained valuable experience earlier this year having raced the Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race and Herald Sun Tour.  

Joining them is the recent Under-23 National Age Group Champion, Annamarie Lipp and runner up in the New Zealand Criterium Championships, Georgia Danford.  Bethan Stubbs will bring valuable experience and knowledge to the team along with skilled Swedish rider, Hanna Johansson.  The team is taking three support staff; Manager Andrew Williams, along with Renee Wootton and popular Christchurch masseuse, Ben Robertson from Hands on Massage.

With the lure of UCI points, the races will feature European and National teams.  This brings large fields and race dynamics that some of the younger Kiwis will not have encountered.  The Velo Project team will relish the learning opportunities on the international scene where this will undoubtedly help with the continued development of their riders.  

We wish Velo Project all the best as they head for China and look forward to hearing about their experiences racing against the diverse high-level international field.

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