age group road national championships

Vantage Age Group Road National Championships

Road & Track
17 July 2020 - 19 July 2020

Cycling New Zealand

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Following the government announcement of 16 March regarding the cancellation of public events of 500 or more people, Cycling New Zealand has announced the postponement of the 2020 Vantage Age Group Road Championships set for Waipukurau on 17-19 April.

The decision has been made in collaboration with Cycling New Zealand Road & Track, the host club Cycling CHB and the Central Hawkes Bay Council.

This decision is based on the recommendations from the government as well as our own risk planning and duty of care to all those attending and associated with the event.

However all parties are committed to delivering the event this year and have agreed on a new date of the 17-19 July 2020.

We hope by making these decisions now including setting a new date, will give riders and their supporters the opportunity to amend their training and travel arrangements. We will be reviewing the event programme to ensure the delivery of fair and safe racing. Any updates will be made on the event website.

We do recognise that the landscape around Covid-19 is fluid and unprecedented and the government have not determined when their recommendation on public events and mass gatherings will end.

Therefore, a final decision on whether the event will go ahead on this new date will be made no later than 19 June. Based on the ongoing advice of the government, other authorities and our own risk planning, if it is determined that it is still unsafe to hold the event on 17-19 July, then the 2020 event will be cancelled.


The Vantage Age Group Road National Championships including the Para Cycling Championships will be held in Waipukurau from 17 - 19 July 2020.

This event will see the best Age Group (Youth, Junior, Senior, Masters and Para) riders compete for Time Trial and Road Racing titles.

The 2020 event format will be held over a 3-day format and features a Time Trial event and a Road Race.

All serious recreational riders are encouraged to get behind this event and support the Club riding system.

The U19 event is a UCI Category event with a National Jersey to be awarded.

The event is organised by Cycling New Zealand with support from host club - Cycling CHB.


I have already entered – is my entry still valid?

Yes, the entry of anyone who had paid and entered prior to and following the postponement announcement remain valid for the new date (17 – 19 July)

I didn’t enter prior to the announce – can I still enter?
Yes, entries remain open. The new entries closing date is 5th July.

I can’t make the new date – can I get a refund?
Yes, our refund policy remains unchanged. Email us on to request are refund. Refunds will be processed back to the card you used for your entry less $20 administration fee. The last day to withdraw and receive a refund is now 5th July. Withdraws after this date are not eligible for a refund.

When is the last day to enter for the new event?
Entries will now close on 5th July (unless the event is cancelled prior)

When is the last day to withdraw and still receive a refund?
Our standard refund policy has also been extended. You can apply in writing for a refund prior to 5th July. A refund (less $20 administration fee) will be processed back to your credit card.

What if the event is cancelled on 19th June – do I get a refund then?
Up to and on the 19th June, Cycling New Zealand will be monitoring the current advice from the government, local councils, other authorities. We will also be assessing our own risk mitigation over this time. If any of this advice or planning dictate that the event is no longer able to go ahead safely on the planned dates of 17 – 19 July then the event will be cancelled. While we appreciate the event terms and conditions state that in the event of an event cancellation entry fees are non-refunded, we also acknowledge that this is unusual circumstances for everyone. As such, if the event is cancelled on the 19th June then all registered riders will be offered a refund (less $20).

Is it likely that the event will still be cancelled after the 19th June?
If the advice or direction from the government other authorities changes, or our own risk planning changes significantly after the 19th June to a level that prevents the event going ahead safely, the event will be cancelled. At this time, it is likely that significant costs have already been incurred in the planning of the event so Cycling New Zealand reserve the right revert to the refund policy in line with the event terms and conditions (no refund in the event of a cancellation).


Entries for the 2020 Championships are now open! Click here to enter. Click here for the live entry list.
Time Trial Early Entry Fee (Entries received on or before 9 March) $60
  Standard Entry Fee (Entries received from 10 March) $80
  Entries Close 5 July  
Road Race Early Entry Fee (Entries received on or before 9 March) $70
  Standard Entry Fee (Entries received from 10 March) $90
  Entries Close 5 July  


Entries are not transferable.
Refunds are available if a withdrawal is requested in writing prior to 5 July.  If accepted a refund of the entry fee - less $20 will be applied.
Withdrawals submitted after 5 July are not eligible for a refund. 


Click here for the Entry Eligibility and Criteria.

The event is open to New Zealand and Australian riders. Note that “New Zealand riders” now includes permanent New Zealand Residents who are financial members of an NZ Club & Centre.
All New Zealand riders must have a current 2020 Cycling New Zealand Adult (or Youth for U15, U17 and U19 categories) licence and be a paid member of an affiliated Cycling New Zealand Road and Track Club. More on how to get a Cycling New Zealand Licence here. All New Zealand riders are required to represent their Cycling New Zealand Road and Track Club.  All entries will be required to be endorsed by the club.
All Australian riders must have a current 2020 Cycling Australia domestic license and appropriate travel insurance to cover riding and racing while in New Zealand. Riders must be prepared to provide proof of insurance if required. 

Placegetters, regardless of nationality, shall receive relevant medals.

The first placed New Zealander shall be acknowledged as the Champion for the event


Click here to view a copy of the event entry terms and conditions.


In the case that there is no UCI Sanctioned Qualifying event held in NZ in 2020, this event will offer Masters Riders (Masters 1 through to 10) who win their age group in the Road Race and/or the Time Trial qualification for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in both disciplines (current world champions are granted an automatic slot so if they win their age group their slot will be rolled down to the second placed rider).  There are an additional 10 wildcard entries available at the discretion of Cycling New Zealand.  Additional entry fees and criteria apply for this international event.  Click here for more on qualifying. 


***Please note due to the new event date we are re-looking at the schedule to ensure the conditions are suitable and support the proposed schedule below.  This will be updated shortly ***

Day/Event Venue Time Attendance   
Thursday - 16th July 2020 - Team Managers Meeting
Compulsory by Team Managers


Below is a PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME.  Confirmation of road race schedule and timings to be confirmed.

Day/Event Age Category Distance Provisional Start Time
Friday - 17th July 2020 
Time Trial
U15 Boys and Girls
U17 Boys and Girls
U19 Women
Masters Women 4 - 10
Masters Men 6 - 10
T1-T2 Men/Women Para cycling
C1-C3 Men Para cycling
C1-C5 Women Para cycling
H1-H5 Men/Women Paracycling
 16.9km Starting from 8.30am. 
Start times TBC once entries close. Riders will start 30 seconds apart.
U19 Men
Masters Women 1 - 3
Masters Men 1 - 5
U23 Men and Women
Senior Men and Women
C4-C5 Men Para cycling
B/VI Men/Women Para cycling
 25.6km Starting from 8.30am. 
Start times TBC once entries close. Riders will start 30 seconds apart.
Saturday - 18th July 2020
Road Race 


T1 - T2 Men/Women Para cycling 25km (long loop starting at Woburn) TBC
H1-H5 Men/Women Para cycling 40km (cut through Woburn then long loop) TBC
C1-C5 Men/Women Para cycling 66km (3 x short laps) TBC
B/VI Men/Women tandems 66km (3 x short laps) TBC
U17 Boys 66km (3 x short laps) TBC
Masters Men 5 66km (3 x short laps) TBC
Masters Men 6 66km (3 x short laps) TBC
U17 Girls 66km (3 x short laps) TBC
Masters Women (3-4) 66km (3 x short laps) TBC
Masters Women (5-9) 66km (3 x short laps) TBC
Masters Men (7-10) 66km (3 x short laps) TBC
Masters Men 3 87.4km (1 x short, 2 x long laps) TBC
Masters Men 4 87.4km (1 x short, 2 x long laps) TBC
Masters Women (1-2) 87.4km (1 x short, 2 x long laps) TBC
U15 Boys 33km (1 x short lap) TBC
U15 Girls 33km (1 x short lap) TBC
Sunday - 19th July 2020
Road Race 
  U19 Women 87.4km (1 x short, 2 x long laps) TBC
Masters Men 1 98.1km (3 x long laps) TBC
Masters Men 2 98.1km (3 x long laps) TBC
U23 & Senior Women 98.1km (3 x long laps) TBC
U23 & Senior Men 114.5km (1 x short, 3 x long laps) TBC
 U19 Men 114.5km (1 x short, 3 x long laps) TBC


*Please note that dependent on entry numbers, split starts may be considered between age groups in the same race.


Men/Boys and Women/Girls
Under 15 - 13-14 years
Under 17 - 15-16 years
Under 19 - 17-18 years
Under 23 - 19-22 years
Senior - 23-34 years
Masters 1 - 35-39 years
Masters 2 - 40-44 years
Masters 3 - 45-49 years
Masters 4 - 50-54 years
Masters 5 - 55-59 years
Masters 6 - 60-64 years
Masters 7 - 65-69 years
Masters 8 - 70 - 74 years
Masters 9 - 75- 79 years
Masters 10 - 80+ years
Para - T1 -2 Men & Women
       - H1 - 5 Men & Women
       - C1 - 5 Men & Women
       - B/VI Men & Women   


The event takes place a mix of urban residential & rural roads. It is your responsibility to manage your own safety during the event, to be aware of other road users at all times and to make responsible decisions. There is traffic management in place however, the roads are OPEN and there will be public and official traffic on the circuit during your race.
Strava links to each course is available below. The short course circuit does not show the distance from the start/finish line. For distances and number of laps, please check under EVENT PROGRAMME.
Time Trial - Course Maps
TT - Long course Strava link here
TT - Short course Strava link here
Road Race - Course Maps 
Road Race - long circuit Strava link here
Road Race - short circuit Strava link here


Event Communiques is the official distribution of event information including general information, start lists and results. Please check here regularly for updated Communiques.


All clubs/teams are required to nominate a Team Manager (can be a rider or non-rider).
A Team Managers Meeting will take place 5.00pm Thursday 16th July. Location TBC. 
Important information such as confirmation of starters, distribution of race numbers and transponders and any updated programme information will be provided at this meeting.
Attendance by each Team Manager is compulsory and representatives will be required to sign in.
Riders Packs will be distributed to one club representative (usually the Team Manager), not to individual riders.  Riders should contact their Team Manager to arrange collection. Club Packs will be available for collection from 4.00pm. Location TBC.
The role of the Team Manager includes (but not limited to):
  • Officially representing the Club at the event
  • Connecting with all riding club members
  • Ensuring that all riding club members have a current licence
  • Managing the relationship with Event Officials on behalf of club members
  • Attending the Team Managers meeting
  • Collecting and distributing Race Numbers to club members
  • Circulating Event Information to club members
  • Ensuring place getters attend the Medal Ceremony
  • Ensuring riding members have the required information to help them have a safe and fair race.
All clubs/teams are required to nominate a Team Manager (can be a rider or non-rider). Please email to appoint your Team Manager.
Club Team Manager Email Phone
Athletics & Cycling Masterton      
Auckland Central Cycling Club Richard Justice  64212234741 
Auckland Schools Cycling      
Bike Manawatu Tim Lloyd     64274964411
Canterbury Time Trial Association Inc.  Lance Barnes  642102654888 
Canterbury Track Cycling      
Central Otago Wakatipu      
Counties Manukau      
Cycling CHB      
Cycling Marlborough      
Cycling New Plymouth      
Cycling Otago      
Cycling Rotorua Paul Bishop 64275630439
Cycling South Canterbury      
Cycling Southland Nathan Shearing 64272131158
  Brendon Mcleod 64272176307
Cycling Waitaki      
Dynamo Sports Cycling      
Forestland Wheelers Jim McMurray  6421650376
Gisborne Cycling Club      
GP Road Cycling Club      
Hamilton City Cycling Club      
Hawera Cycling Club      
Kapiti Cycling Club      
Kiwi Randonneurs      
Leeston Cycling Club      
Levin Cycling Club      
Marsden Wheelers      
Morrinsville Wheelers      
North Canterbury      
NZ Army Ian Eagle 64274578101
Papanui Cycling      
Pegasus Cycling Incorporated Derrick Nelson  64211804505
Ramblers Cycling Club      
St Andrews Cycling Club       
Stratford Cycling Club      
Tasman Wheelers       
Taupo Cycling Club      
Tauranga Road Cycling Club      
Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Club       
Tinwald Cycling Club      
USO Bike Ride      
Wanganui Cycling Club       
Wellington Masters Club      
Whakatane Cycle Club      



Racing will be conducted under UCI regulations and Cycling New Zealand Road & Track racing rules.
As all events take place on open roads, it is a condition of racing that New Zealand traffic regulations are adhered to. It is also mandatory that helmets are worn at any time a rider is on their bike. Riders must keep left and where marked, must not cross the road centre line at any time.


The Cycling New Zealand Road and Track scale of penalties will apply.
Any fines issued are on the Team and are payable by the Team Manager to the Commissaires Secretary at the event or Clubs/Centres will be invoiced post event.


Bicycles must conform with current UCI regulations. All bicycles must have two independently operating brakes (one front, one rear).
Helmets must be compliant with appropriate NZ Transport Agency Standards for use on open roads, including those used in the Individual Time Trial and must be worn at all times when riding your bike.
All riders will be required to attach timing transponders to their bikes, to enable the electronic timing to operate. These will be provided in the race pack.

Riders Apparel

Riders must only wear their approved Club jerseys and shorts. Shorts can be either:
1. Club shorts
2. Club shorts with personal sponsors only if detailed on the rider’s Cycling New Zealand Membership.
3. Trade Team shorts if rider is registered on a NZ Trade Team and the sponsors are detailed on the rider’s Cycling New Zealand Membership. 
4. Plain Black shorts.
Exception: In accordance with UCI Reg 1.3.063 - Until the day before the world championship of the following year, the world champions must wear their jersey in all events in the discipline, speciality and category in which they won their title.  In this event, any rider who won a world title at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship in 2017 must wear the world champions jersey in the event in which they won (and the appropriate club shorts).  
A start may be refused for any incorrectly attired rider.
If you have any queries over this matter, please contact prior to travelling to the event, to avoid disappointment.


The safety of the riders, officials, volunteer and spectators are included in the event planning. This includes (but not limited to) road restrictions, traffic management and event advisories to the local businesses and residents.
The event takes place a mix of urban residential and rural roads. It is your responsibility to manage your own safety during the event, to be aware of other road users at all times and to make responsible decisions. There is traffic management in place however, the roads are OPEN and there will be public and official traffic on the circuit during your race.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Health and Safety please report to the Chief Commissaire or to the Race Manager


We would like to thank the residents and businesses for their support of the event.
To assist with providing a safe environment for our riders the following Road Restrictions will be in place.
Details will be posted here as the course is confirmed.
Thank you again for your patience and support during this time.
If you have any questions please contact the Event Organiser, Cycling New Zealand on 


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