UCI Sanctioning For Cyclocross National Championships

New Zealand’s Cyclocross National Championships have gained a major boost with confirmation that the 2015 event has received UCI sanctioning with National Championship jerseys to be awarded.

First held in New Zealand in 2012, the 2015 Cyclocross National Championships will be held in Dunedin on Saturday, 18 July at the Waiora Scout Camp, Whare Flat.

“Cyclocross is hugely popular in Europe and North America and the UCI is really focused on further developing and supporting it, and this is a real positive boost for the code here in New Zealand,” says Cycling New Zealand CEO Andrew Matheson.

Cyclocross New Zealand Event Manager, Gavin Mason is delighted to have UCI endorsement for the National Championships.

“We’re experiencing rapid growth, especially in the South Island, where a strong and vibrant community now exists, and this UCI backing will certainly help to further raise our stature and following nationally.”

Cyclocross, which is a combination of mountain-biking, cross country cycling and criterium racing, features multi-lap races held on technical, hilly courses of a few kilometres that include a mix of grass, mud, gravel and concrete. Riders also have to carry their bikes over hurdles in some sections.

Riders can enter the 2015 Cyclocross National Championships, which includes 14 race categories to cater for all ages and abilities here.

Depending on the race category, not all of which carry UCI sanctioning, competing riders will either require a Cycling New Zealand race or ride club licence, with entries closing at 5:00pm on Thursday, 9 July.

Further information about the Cycle World organised event, race categories and entry requirements is available here.