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National Road Series

Road & Track
1 October 2020 - 19 April 2021

Cycling New Zealand

events@cyclingnewzealand.nz

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The National Road Series (NRS) will be made up of a series of existing events delivered by clubs and event organisers around New Zealand (including a bonus Esports Zwift Race) and will culminate with the Vantage Age Group National Championships in April.

It is an initiative of Cycling New Zealand and was created to nationally recognise events that support meaningful racing opportunities to riders. This will be achieved through a coordinated calendar of events that offer appropriate distances, appropriate recognition through the grades and a focus on skills development specifically for the junior riders.

The focus for 2020/2021 is on coordinating and supporting junior racing (U13 – U19) with the intent for elite racing to be included in the future.

This series is considered a 2021 event and age groups are calculated as at 31/12/2021 (please see FAQ for more) with U13, U15, U17 and U19 categories being recognised in the overall recognition.

Cycling New Zealand’s objectives for the establishment of the NRS is to create a road series which:

  • Provides a cohesive and coordinated calendar of events across the country
  • Provides safe and fair event experiences for riders
  • Provides targeted and appropriate racing opportunities for junior riders
  • Provides an opportunity for schools cyclists to transition into national racing
  • Develops strong and mutually respectful relationships between stakeholders

Cycling New Zealand will oversee the overarching administration of the series.

What licence do I need?

U19 riders must hold a Cycling New Zealand Youth licence – all other grades are eligible to race on either a Cycling New Zealand Schools licence or a Cycling New Zealand Youth Licence - except for the National Championship events, where all riders will be required to hold a Cycling New Zealand Youth Licence (a schools licence alone will not be accepted).  Read more in FAQ or click here to find out more about Schools Licence or click here to purchase either licence. 

 

The series will commence with two Bonus Races conducted on Zwift, of which riders can choose one of these races. We are creating two races to enable riders an extra opportunity to attend one of the races around other commitments. The race will be run as a Zwift meet up, and will be divided into the grades below with a capacity of 100 riders per grade (accepted into the race on a first in first served basis). Please read the step by step guide below on how to be a part of this race. 

Date: Tuesday 20 October OR Thursday 22 October 

Course: Yorkshire 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit

Distances:

5.15pm U13 / U15 Girls & Boys 1 Lap 13.8km
6.00pm U17 Girls & Boys 2 Laps 27.6km
7.00pm U19 Girls & Boys 2 Laps 27.6km

 

Start Lists:

Race 1 Tuesday 20 October 

Race 2 Thursday 22 October

 

Results:

Race 1 Results - Tuesday 20 October

Race 2 Results - Thursday 22 October

 

Entry Fee: Free to enter and race (but Zwift Membership is required).

Eligibility: To be eligible riders will need to register their attendance via an entry link and be signed up to Zwift Power (instructions below). After the race we will randomly select some riders to send in a video of their weight on a scale to validate the results.

Riders are responsible for their own Zwift subscription, required equipment and internet connection. All riders must enable Zwiftpower to be eligible (see instructions below).

 

Step by step instructions to compete in this race(s):

Step 1: Ensure you have a smart trainer. There are various types available to purchase in New Zealand.
Step 2: Create a Zwift account by downloading their app. When you create a new account the Zwift name you choose needs to be on your entry form (in step 3).
Step 3: Register online (CLICK HERE) to race either one of the Zwift Bonus Races. Entries have closed.
Step 4: Download the Zwift Companion app.
Step 5: Request to follow the National Road Series Bonus Race account on Zwift Companion. We will then be able to match your Zwift name to the registration form you have completed in Step 3, and will be able to add you into the Meet Up Race which is appropriate for your age group.
Step 6: Enable Zwiftpower. Go to my.zwift.com and login with your account. Click on Settings > Profile > Connections. Scroll down and Click on “Opt-in” underneath the ZwiftPower logo. By doing so, you consent to sharing your activity results and activity history including detailed performance data, race performance and profile information on the ZwiftPower site.

Entry Criteria: Click here 

Terms and Conditions: Click here 

Event Name: AEC Novice Tour

Event Organiser: Bike Manawatu

Location: Ashhurst, Palmerston North

About: Established in 1974 by Ian Gray the Novice Tour is an iconic part of the Junior cycling scene in New Zealand. Held around the roads of Ashhurst, it provides an early season racing opportunity for U13 – U19 riders. Over the years the Novice Tour has given great experience to young riders many who have won the tour and then gone one to become well recognized riders by winning national and international events. These riders include Westley and Regan Gough, Jeremy Yates (winner of the Junior Wolds Road Title), Shane Archibald, Catherine Cheatley (nee Sell) Lee Vertongen and Gary Anderson (First NZ rider to win an Olympic Medal). Greg Henderson who finished second in 1992 who went on to ride successfully as a professional in Europe. A critical part of the success of this Tour is the strong volunteer base who continue to support the event along with local sponsors who provide both financial support and also great spot prizes! Click here to read more about the Tour.

Date: 31 October – 1 November 2020

Race Type: 2 day, 3 stage Tour

NRS Grades: Boys and Girls – U13, U15, U17, U19

NRS Points Allocated: GC, Stage, Sprint, KOM/QOM

Sponsors: The tour is proudly sponsored by Ashhurst Engineering & Construction and a number of supporting sponsors. Please support these sponsors when you can. 

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Event Name: Vantage Criterium National Championships            

Event Organiser: Cycling New Zealand

Location: Christchurch

About: The Vantage Criterium National Championships are returning to Christchurch in 2020. The National titles are contested by New Zealand’s top cyclists over a multi-lap race circuit through the inner-city. The inaugural U19 race and the U17 races are included in the NRS.

Date: 15 November 2020

Race Type: Criterium

NRS Grades: U17, U19 (all riders must race in their 2021 age group, no derogations for this event)

NRS Points Allocated: National Championship RR

Sponsors: This event is proudly sponsored by Vantage Windows and Doors and Christchurch City Council. Vantage offers a wide range of solutions for all homes, from entrance doors to windows, sliders, bi-folds and thermally efficient options. Extend your time in Christchurch and check out what they have to offer here https://www.christchurchnz.com/

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Event Name: Hawkes Bay Tour

Event Organiser: Ramblers Cycling Club

Location: Hawkes Bay

About: Formally known as the Hub Tour, The philosophy of The Hawkes Bay Tour is to provide high quality stage racing at a competitive level for serious cyclists of all ages. We want to promote and develop the sport and encourage riders to push their limits far past the easy or mundane.

We want developing riders to experience new levels of competition and return a year later stronger and faster. We want former greats to have an event that they can still fiercely compete in despite the passage of time.

We want junior riders to rub shoulders with the elite and witness the rewards of effort, commitment and resolve.

This event is the last U19 event in the North Island prior to the Elite Road Nationals.

Date: 8 -10 January 2021

Race Type: 2 day, 3 stage tour

NRS Grades: U19

NRS Points Allocated: GC, Stage, Sprint, KOM/QOM

Sponsors:

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Event Name: Tasman Junior Tour

Event Organiser: Tasman Wheelers

Location: Nelson

About: This will be the inaugural year for this tour. The Tasman Wheelers are a strong and dedicated club with a strong pedigree of past and current elite riders, this region is well known for its fantastic climate and outstanding roads and the club are committed to creating an event that continues to support junior riders in and through the sport. The event is on Auckland and Nelson anniversary weekend so an ideal time to extend your trip and take in the sights of one of New Zealand’s premium holiday destinations. 

This event is the last U19 event in the South Island prior to the Elite Road Nationals.

Date: 30-31 January 2021

Race Type: 2 day, 3 stage tour

NRS Grades: U15, U17, U19

NRS Points Allocated: GC, Stage, Sprint, KOM/QOM

Sponsors:                                         

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Event Name: Vantage Elite Road National Championships

Event Organiser: The Ride Festival

Location: Cambridge

About: The Elite Road National Championship is New Zealand’s premier national road cycling event, attracting New Zealand’s top professional and amateur road cyclists all vying for coveted National Jerseys and will take place in Cambridge from 12-14 February 2021.

The championships will be the flagship event of the RIDE: New Zealand’s Cycling Festival – which runs from 12 – 14 February in Waipa, featuring both top level competition and a range of community and participation driven cycling events. For the first time, the U19 championships will be part of this flagship event. The championships will include time trial and road races

Date: 12 -14 February 2021

Race Type: Time Trial and Road Race

NRS Grades: U19

NRS Points Allocated: National Championships RR & TT

Sponsors: 

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Event Name: Nicholas Browne 53km Challenge (NBC) – as part of the K2 event      

Event Organiser: ARC

About: The NBC is a challenging 53km leg of the iconic K2 event in the Coromandel. Named after Nicholas Browne, a brave soul, who undertook the challenge whilst on dialysis, is now an opportunity for U17 riders to experience this beautiful part of the country and be part of the wider event experience.

With the race rotating around the Coromandel each year, this year will see the NBC start in Thames and climb the infamous Kopu-Hikuai Hill before finishing in Tairua. 

Date: 13 March 2021

Location: Coromandel

NRS Grades: U17

NRS Points Allocated: Race Classification

Sponsors: The event is proudly sponsored by Mito Q and R-Line, Cervelo and Valley Toyota.  Please click here to check out to find out more about these sponsors and how you can support them!

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Event Name: Ultimo CHB Junior Tour

Event Organiser: Cycling CHB

Location: Waipukurau

About: The Ultimo CHB Junior Tour on the 27 – 28 March 2021. Organised by the Cycling CHB Club (who were the host club for the 2020 Age Group Road Nationals), this event will see riders take on a Hill Prologue, and two challenging Road courses through the sunny Waipukurau region. This will be the final race for U13 riders in this series.

Date: 27 – 28 March 2021

Race Type: 2 day, 3 stage + Prologue Tour

NRS Grades: Boys and Girls – U13, U15, U17, U19

NRS Points Allocated: GC, Stage, KOM/QOM

Sponsors: The tour is proudly sponsored by Ultimo Clothing, Hatuma Lime Company and Pukeora Estate (check out their accommodation options a number of supporting sponsors.  Please see the website for more details and supported these sponsors when you can.

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Event Name: Te Awamutu Junior Tour

Event Organiser: Te Awamutu Sports Cycling

Location: Cambridge

About: The Te Awamutu Junior Cycling Tour was started by the Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Club in 2000 as a way of introducing multi-stage racing for U15 and U17 riders. In 2021 the club will host the 20th edition with events U15, U17 and U19 Female and Male Riders.  Join them riding the home roads of our NZ elite riders. This will also be the final race for U19 riders as part of this series.

Date: 10 – 11 April 2021

Race Type: 2 day, 3 stage

NRS Grades: Boys and Girls – U15, U17, U19

NRS Points Allocated: GC, Stage, KOM/QOM, Sprint

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Event Name: Age Group Road National Championships

Event Organiser: Cycling New Zealand

Location: Rotorua

About: The Age Group Road National Championship is New Zealand’s premier national road cycling event for youth and master riders.  This event is placed at the end of the road season to celebrate and recognise the country’s top riders. This will be the final race for U15 and U17 riders in this series.

Date: 16 -18 April 2021

Race Type: Time Trial and Road Race

NRS Grades: U15, U17

NRS Points Allocated: National Championships RR & TT

Sponsors: 

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Events will be able to apply to be part of the series with the intent to have a range of events that are accessible and support a cohesive and coordinated calendar.

The focus for 2020/2021 is on coordinating and supporting junior racing (U13 – U19) with the intent for elite racing to be included in the future so applications will be accepted by events and races offering one or more of the following grades (events that offer one of these grades, as well as elite racing, will still be considered however series points and recognition will only be available for the grades specified below:

Eligible events can offer other categories but must offer a minimum of one of the following grades for a minimum of one gender (i.e. an event can include masters or elites but also offer a U19 grade in either or both genders can apply for the U19 race to be included in the series)

2020/2021 accepted grades in either male or female - U13, U15, U17 or U19

Events selected to be included will be required to participate in the Cycling New Zealand Event Certification programme which will provide a level of assurance to stakeholders that the event understands and complies with the relevant laws, and regulations and utilises best practice event management.

Acceptance to the NRS is not guaranteed. To meet eligibly criteria events must at a minimum:

  • Support the intent of the series
  • Meet the criteria of the Cycling New Zealand event certification programme
  • Accept only riders with a Cycling New Zealand licence or schools licence
  • Offer one or more of the series age group categories in one or more of the genders
  • Ideally be placed between October and April
  • Offer appropriate distances and racing for each category

The event organiser is responsible for the overall delivery of the event. They will be issued with a ‘Partnership Agreement’ to sign which outlines their responsibilities which include (but not limited to):

  • To be responsible for the overall organisation of their Event
  • Maintain the highest standards and industry recognised best practice for general event organisation
  • To apply for and ensure all health and safety documentation and implementation is compliant and meets the requirements of Cycling New Zealand Event Certification
  • The date, specific events and distances to be agreed with CNZ that enables the principles of participation and accessibility, as well as providing a competitive and stimulating competition environment
  • To run the event in accordance with the CNZR&T rules and regulations

For more information on the role and requirements from Event Organisers and the role of Cycling New Zealand, please contact events@cyclingnewzealand.nz

Applications are now open for events wishing to be considered for the 2020/2021 National Road Series. Applications closed 15 August 2020. Click here to apply.

Series Points will be updated following each race here. Please see the Event Organisers website for individual race results.

Points will be awarded for each event in the series using the following points system. Final position based on final GC placings as determined by the organiser.

National Championships RR & TT

Position

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

Points

300

225

185

150

125

105

90

75

60

55

45

35

30

25

15

10

6

4

3

1

 

Race Classification (GC) – Tour and One day Races

Position

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

Points

200

150

125

100

85

70

60

50

40

35

30

25

20

15

10

5

4

3

2

1

 

Stage Classification - Tour

Position

1

2

3

4

5

6

Points

50

30

20

15

10

5

 

Sprint & KOM/QOM Classification - Tour

Position

1

2

3

4

5

Points

25

15

10

5

3

 

E-Sport Bonus Points 

Position

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Points

15

13

11

9

7

5

4

3

2

1

Who is Eligible? 

All NZL riders in the following age groups (as at 31 Dec 2021) are eligible to take part.

U13, U15, U17, U19

AUS riders will be accepted into the events with licencing requirements to be confirmed in conjunction with Cycling Australia however will not be eligible for series points or overall recognition.

 

How are age groups calculated?

The series is regarded as the 2021 series and as such ages are calculated as at 31 December 2021.

Each event will offer a minimum of one of the following grades U13, U15, U17 and U19.

For the 2020/2021 series there is a derogation available for riders wishing to race in their 2020 age group prior to 31 Dec 2020. In this case a rider must contact the organiser to adjust their entry as they will automatically placed in their 2021 category. Points gained from any races in this 2020 age category will not be rolled over to their 2021 age category. The rider will be eligible for any recognition gained through these races at the end of the series. i.e. If a second year U17 rider wishes to race U17 in 2020 and gains 400 points these will be counted to the U17 recognition in 2021. If they then race in U19 in 2021 races they will start accumulating points from 1 Jan 2021.

No derogation will be available for this years Vantage Criterium National Championships (ie you must race in your 2021 age group).

This derogation will be revised for 2022.

 

What gearing do I ride?

Gearing will be in line with Cycling New Zealand Road & Track Rules with riders riding the gear of their 2021 age group (unless you have applied for a derogation - see above)

 

What licence do I need?

U19 riders must hold a Cycling New Zealand Youth licence – all other grades are eligible to race on either a Cycling New Zealand Schools licence or a Cycling New Zealand Youth Licence - except for the National Championship events, ALL riders will be required to hold a Cycling New Zealand Youth Licence (a schools licence alone will not be accepted. Click here to find out more about Schools Licences or click here to purchase either licence. 

For events prior to 31 Dec 2020 a 2020 licence will be accepted (however your age group will be calculated as at 31/12/2021). For events post 1 Jan 2021 only a 2021 licence is accepted.

 

How many races do I have to do?

The 2020/2021 NRS series will commence in October 2020 and will conclude at the Age Group Road National Championships in April 2021.

Riders are encouraged to race one or more events with riders gaining points from their best two (2) results for the overall series recognition which will be awarded at the conclusion of the Age Group Road National Championships.

The Zwift E-race is considered a bonus race and any points earned from this races will be additional to your top two (2) road events. 

 

How are the points awarded?

Points will be awarded for each event in the series using the points system under the points system tab. The categories and points available will be confirmed on the event organisers website. The final GC placings will be awarded as determined by the organiser. 

The overall series winner is awarded to the rider that scores the most series points taking into account their best two results from the series (plus any bonus points from the Zwift race).

In the event of a tie for first, the highest-placed rider in the final race of the most recent series race shall take precedence.

Top 3 overall riders in the series in the U19 and U17 categories will be recognised as the National Series Champion and podium place getters.

The Top 3 overall riders in U13 and U15 categories will be recognised at each event however there is no national recognition as these categories are focused on participation and the development of racing skills.

At the time of entry, riders will be able to nominate their CNZ affiliated club, CNZ affiliated trade team or CNZ Hub. There will be recognition of each of these categories throughout the race series.

There is also provision for Cycling New Zealand, Chief Commissaire or event organiser to recognise riders who finish off the podium. As example would be “Most combative” or “Living the values” at either the event or at the overall presentation.

 

How do I enter?

Entries are made by the individual to each event as determined by the event organisers. Entries are subject to the terms and conditions of each organiser. All entries into the official events are considered for the overall series titles.

 

What is the Esport Bonus Race?

The series will commence with a Road Race conducted on Zwift in October. This race is considered a ‘Bonus Race’ and does not count as your ‘two races’ for points. See the Race 1 tab for more information.

 

Gearing and weigh in for the Esport Bonus Race:

There is a requirement for all riders to sign up to Zwift Power which will make visible their weight and if there are any major discrepancies we reserve the right to review post-race and adjust the results accordingly. However, there is a high expectation that our riders will take part in this bonus race with integrity and honesty. This is a bonus race for a junior domestic series and the points on offer reflect the bonus status, versus the points on offer for non-virtual racing. All riders are expected to ride their road and track gearing appropriate for their age group.