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There is still time to enter historic Le Race

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For Immediate Release 10.9.2011

There is still time to enter historic Le Race

The coming of summer and another step towards Christchurch’s revival will be herald on October 15th with the iconic Le Race Christchurch to Akaroa cycle race. Postponed due to the earthquake, the new date for this historic race sees the event positioned perfectly to welcome summer and attract a stellar field of New Zealand representative cyclists.

“It’s been a tough year for us all, but Christchurch is getting back on its feet. It’s important for us to carry on, and from the great support received from our sponsors and riders, it’s evident that they feel the same,” said Race Director Simon Hollander.

Early entry from New Zealand Under 23 National Road Cycling Champion Michael Vink indicates that there will be a strong elite field. The 2010 Le Race winner, Vink is also the course record holder.

“After the recent Earthquakes I think most had expected Le Race 2011 would be cancelled. I am inspired by Simon’s perseverance with this event that allows the people of Canterbury to enjoy the little things that were thought to be taken from us. Because of this, Le Race represents more to me than just a stunning bike race. I feel it is an important part of Canterbury’s recovery and it proves that Canterbury hasn't lost its spirit,” said Vink.

New Zealand’s female Road Cycling National Champion Cath Cheatley has also entered Le Race which will be her first event since injury cut her international season short earlier this year. Pro-rider Hayden Roulston has indicated his likeliness to race, as have New Zealand pro-continental team Pure Black Racing.

Entries are still open for this event, and with five weeks until race day, there is still time to train for the 100km race! There are teams and tandem options to make the race accessible to all no matter what their fitness.

“What motivates me most to ride Le Race is the course. It's a challenging route, but not overly difficult, so no matter what your condition, it can be enjoyed by everyone. Although there isn't always a lot of time to cast your gaze over the surroundings, Le Race has some of the most beautiful and rewarding terrain I've ever had the privilege to ride, let alone race on,” said Vink.

A change in date and a different start location are the only two changes to the event.

Le Race will return to its original weekend in March in 2012. The 31st March race is part of the BikeNZ Summer Series.

“It’s actually worked out quite well running the events at the beginning and the end of summer. For riders who complete both events it will be a good gauge to measure their improvement and fitness over the season,” said Hollander.

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