Just got this press release from the folks at Cyclocross Hawkes Bay regarding the UCI sanctioned New Zealand Cross Champs. It seems that 'Cross is growing exponentially here. Well it better be, 'cause we're only 110 years behind the French on this one. We have a bit of catching up to do.
This is the first time cyclocross will be a official sanctioned BikeNZ event in New Zealand. BikeNZ have recognised the importance of having another form of exciting cycle racing and have endorsed the national event for the first time. In the past Hamilton and Queenstown have run numerous successful National events. BikeNZ have also gained a UCI status for the 2012 event. This is the first time a UCI cyclocross event will be held in Australasia. The UCI recently decided they needed to grow the sport on a worldwide stage, and with the strong growth of Cyclocross in New Zealand and Australia it looks to be a new breeding ground for international cyclocross talent.
With cyclocross in its first development stages in New Zealand, we would like to ask for your support to help promote this exciting new winter sport. With 7 regions offering Cyclocross series racing of 4-6 races each, including a 5 race National points series. Hawkes Bay will hold the National Champs, including an all-comers race for anyone wanting to try out this new sport. We will also be offering a 6-race regional series (see below), building on last year's four events. One of our main focuses in Hawkes Bay is the development of kids' racing, called Bike-X. This is a free event for the kids, who last year all loved getting dirty in the mud!
CXHB Series June 17 - Blackbarn, Havelock North. July 8 - EIT Taradale. (NZ Champs) July 22 - Roy's Hill, Hastings. August 12 - BlackBarn, Tukituki Valley, Havelock North. September 2 - Clearview Winery, Napier. September 16 - Chesterhope Park, Hastings.
For info flick an email to the Cyclocross Hawkes Bay here.