Pedal to the Wheel in New Zealand

by | Feb 27, 2008

Cherise Taylor, Yolandi du Toit, Robyn de Groot, Lynette Burger and Marissa van der Merwe are the five cyclists representing South Africa at the Women’s Tour of New Zealand, starting today and ending on Sunday, and have already made an impact on the event.

Featuring 120 international cyclists, including six national teams, Taylor and Burger finished just 47 seconds of the leading bunch the second pelaton of 22 cyclists in the opening Hutt City Criterium, after the tour’s 35km first stage started was preceded by a welcome parade from Parliament Grounds to the Wellington Civic Square by the Mayor.

Thursday sees a 90km stage from Martinborough to Masterton with the longest stage awaiting on Friday, when the cyclists will travel 125km from the Masterton Circuit to Admiral Hill.

Stage 4 on Saturday features a 120km road race at Miramar Circuit Road, with the final two stages on Sunday kicking off with a 14km individual time trial starting and ending at Scorching Bay, and the 35km City of Wellington Criterium at Lambton Quay.


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