This weekend at the Calder Stewart Series will see the end of the event being owned by Jake Rowse and Richard Scott of Revolution Events.
The duo say watching young riders come through the series and go onto professional careers overseas has been an “absolute highlight.”
“There have been so many riders come through the series that have gone on to perform on the world stage,” Scott said. “We have the most recent crop with riders like junior track world champ Finn Fisher-Black who has signed a two-year contract with the academy of World Pro Tour team Jumbo-Visma through to riders like Sharlotte Lucas who gained all her early racing experience in the series and now races in the women’s pro tour.”
Scott said watching the development of the Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling team was another highlight. “They brought another level of professionalism and a real euro team attitude to the series,” he said.
“The success of the team could be attributed to the team manager Patrick Harvey who provided the same level of commitment and attitude to management level. The success of this team pushed other teams up another level and we got to witness some fantastic and aggressive women’s racing over the years. At its height we saw almost 50 starters on the line in the women’s event.’
Other riders who have raced in the series included double Olympic medallist Hayden Roulston, world champion on the track in the omnium Hayden Godfrey and George Bennett, who was first Kiwi to win a World Tour stage race at the Tour of California.
Rowse and Scott said they would like to think they grew Greg Hume’s vision and intent from when he first started the series in 2005 that focused on providing young Kiwi riders an opportunity to experience European style racing in New Zealand.
“The series is so important for our young riders as it provides real team based cycle racing experience that helps them learn and develop so hopefully they can go on to bigger races and teams overseas, so it provides a real stepping stone.”
This weekend’s racing sees the series tackle the famous Hell of the South as well as Saturday’s Ladbrooks Kermesse.