Perth-based cycling team, Veris Women’s Racing, will make the long trip to New Zealand for the Gravel and Tar La Femme race on 25 January.
Known for their history of developing young riders to an elite level, the Australian team will tackle the new 120km course that comprises the one-day women’s UCI race. The course is longer than last year’s where Australian Brodie Chapman took out the inaugural title.
Team director Brad Hall says the event is a huge milestone for the cyclists.
“To be able to compete in a UCI 1.2 event and in New Zealand is incredibly important for our athletes’ development,” he says.
“We are excited to commence racing at this level.”
Race director Steve Stannard says the presence of the Perth-based team in Gravel and Tar La Femme is fantastic and a great boost for attracting teams closer to home.
“We’re pleased that Veris has chosen to come all the way to Manawatu to do this race, which is only in its second year,” he says.
“The La Femme is already getting the reputation of attracting teams from further afield”.
The Gravel and Tar La Femme is on January 25, starting in Feilding Town Square at 11 am and finishing in Memorial Park, Palmerston North from 2 pm.