Cycle Classic goes rural

Last updated 06:51 25/01/2013
Cycle Classic
ROBERT KITCHIN/Fairfax NZ
Cyclists fly by during the second stage of the Cycle Classic.

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Farmers, families and cycling fans alike flocked to Manawatu’s rural roads to watch the second stage of the men’s international New Zealand Cycle Classic.

Day 2 of the five-day tour yesterday saw spandex-clad competitors making their way through the hills of Kimbolton, Apiti and the Pohangina Valley in the 148-kilometre slog.

Race director Jorge Sandoval said that despite the cross-winds and sprinkling of rain, the cyclists put on a racing spectacle which was well-supported by the community.

‘‘I wasn’t counting, but there would have been a couple of hundred people out there.

‘‘Even in the middle of nowhere there were small kids watching and cheering and a few farmers had a look and gave us a smile. It’s rewarding to see.’’

Today’s third stage is a 147km ride in the opposite direction and tomorrow’s is 135km from Palmerston North, five laps around Colyton and Hiwinui before finishing at the top of Saddle Rd.

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- Manawatu Standard

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