World Champion cyclists chase Nationwide Criterium titles

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Riders pass the Bridge of Remembrance at the Vantage Criterium National Championships in Christchurch. (Photo: Kevin Clarke)


A cluster of world champion cyclists will race on the inner-city streets of Christchurch this weekend for the Criterium Nationwide Championships.

Riders pass the Bridge of Remembrance at the Vantage Criterium National Championships in Christchurch. (Photo: Kevin Clarke)

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Riders with 10 World Championship rainbow jerseys between them will compete within the occasion round a 1km circuit alongside the Avon River on Sunday 15 November.

They embrace three elite monitor world champions in present factors champion Corbin Robust, 2019 omnium champion Campbell Stewart and 2013 omnium world champion Aaron Gate.

The trio, all a part of the Vantage elite males’s monitor squad, confirmed nice kind in final week’s Tour of Southland, all three successful phases with Gate claiming his second total Tour victory.

Added to this are seven riders who’ve gained junior monitor world championship honours together with double winner Laurence Pithie and Waikato’s Ally Wollaston who will defend their respective elite titles on Sunday.

Pithie, nonetheless simply 18, can be once more in search of loads of hometown assist when he chases a second criterium title after his thrilling dash victory final yr.

“It will be a very prime quality and super-fast race for positive,” stated Pithie.

“Final yr it was superior with the ability to race with a house crowd, mates from college who wouldn’t normally watch biking got here alongside as a result of it was in Christchurch. I had my household there and the biking group had been there in pressure too.”

{The teenager} out-sprinted the elite discipline final yr, however with the monitor stars within the discipline, he’ll want totally different techniques on Sunday.

“This yr it should should be extra of a long-range assault as a result of I am unable to match these monitor boys of their top-end energy.”

The 40-strong elite males’s discipline will present loads of motion together with final yr’s runner-up, Ethan Batt, who’s a part of the Black Spoke Professional Biking staff, and two former junior world champions from Christchurch in Josh Scott and Bailey O’Donnell.

Wollaston is one other member of the elite monitor squad and like Pithie is one other proficient teenager who impressed with a remaining dash to win the elite title final yr.

She’s going to count on robust competitors from her older sister Nina Wollaston, who’s a pilot in Paralympics NZ excessive efficiency programme; fello elite rider Nicole Shields and West Coast’s Sharlotte Lucas, who rides for the crack TIBCO skilled staff in USA and Europe.

She has not too long ago returned from racing on the World Tour in Europe and eager to enhance on her third putting final yr.

The beginning-finish is close to the Bridge of Remembrance on Cambridge Terrace and takes in a 1km course over Cashel, Montreal and Gloucester streets.

It’s adjoining to the bars and eating places of the well-known Oxford Road, and with extra cafes and bars lining the proposed course, it should make for a spectator-friendly, fast-paced afternoon of leisure.

There are highway closures in place with particulars on www.ccc.govt.nz.criterium.

The Vantage Criterium Nationwide Championships can be streamed stay at https://youtu.be/Afv4x0BFbJA



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