Cycle Classic goes rural

19:01, Jan 24 2013
Cycle Classic
Cyclists fly by during the second stage of the Cycle Classic.

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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