Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Bringing Benchmark Homes Festival of Cycling back to Chch

Organisers hope to bring Benchmark Homes Festival of Cycling back to Christchurch

12 August 2014

Organisers have plans to bring the Benchmark Homes Festival of Cycling back to Christchurch to inject some international cycling racing action back into the city which they say will have some real benefits for Christchurch.

The event, which started in 2005 and has been running for nine years, started with the Saturday road race held on the iconic harbour bays route, and was followed by a criterium on Oxford Terrace on the Sunday.

Winners include world tour riders Greg Henderson, Hayden Roulston and Jack Bauer and leading female professionals Linda Villumsen, Cath Cheatley and Rushlee Buchanan.

Since the earthquakes the Festival’s Saturday events have been held in Waipara, North Canterbury with the Sunday criterium events held at the University of Canterbury.

“We had to make those location changes after the earthquakes as we had built up such a good event with a really good annual quality field - no one wanted to see it not happen,” Festival Director Simon Hollander said.

“But the intention has always been to bring it back to Christchurch when we can, which won’t be this year but we are hopeful it won’t be too far away.”

But after three years based in Waipara and at Canterbury University Hollander says the tough call has been made to not hold it this year, opting to now wait until it can be once again held in Christchurch.

“We have had a fantastic group of sponsors, supporters and riders that have believed in the event and stuck with us through thick and thin, a true testament to their commitment to cycling,” Hollander said.

“The Festival quickly became the must do event in Christchurch featuring the Classic Long Bays ride, the popular Kids Mini Bays and the fast, spectator friendly inner city criterium. It was amazing to have riders just bike to the start line or walk down with their kids to watch the world class racing.”

Event numbers were over 1700 before the earthquakes but Hollander says it hasn't been the same since shifting to Waipara and the university.

“We have always had exceptional support from the elite and recreational riders and the close, tight racing in the criterium always had New Zealand's best cyclists riding. Winners over the years featured our top cyclists that included Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallists and world champions.”

Richard Evans from Benchmark Homes said the company was avid supporters of cycling and was looking forward to when it could be held again in Christchurch.

“It would be really great to promote the benefits to Christchurch and the community by being able to have it centrally in the city again,” Evans said. “It brings riders and supporters from throughout New Zealand to Christchurch and has really helped put the city of the national cycling map. It would be a great boost for the city to have in back in town.”

For more information see www.festivalofcycling.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland

Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Looking Back

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

Howard Davis: Get It On, Bang A Gong, Pt I

Several readers have recently inquired about the significance of the image that accompanies my by-line. While the man-bun is long gone, I still incorporate the sound of the gong in my Kundalini Yoga classes. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news