Dr Philip Fink and Associate Professor Steve Stannard at the School of Sport and Exercise.
When the first racers finish Manawatu Cycle Classic, Massey University’s Steve Stannard will be there to greet them.
The inaugural event, which covers 160km of Manawatu roads, is being held tomorrow. Associate Professor Stannard, who heads the School of Sport and Exercise, will be handing out the prizes for elite riders at the event.
The University is a proud sponsor of the event, which begins in the Square and finishes outside Memorial Park later tomorrow afternoon. It is open to riders of all levels, and there is also an option for relay teams to compete.
Dr Stannard, a former elite cyclist, says the event fits well with the University’s sports-focused attitude.
“Our leading sports science group is doing the research to take New Zealand’s top cyclists to the next level,” he says. “But the University is also an integral part of the cycling community in the region,” Dr Stannard says. “The Massey Academy of Sport provides on-going assistance to young student-athletes, while many of our staff and students are keen recreational cyclists. This is the home of cycling in New Zealand, and the Classic is another example of that.”
Dr Stannard says Manawatu’s recent bid for the Cycling Centre of Excellence, on which the University, local councils and cycling groups worked together, showed the commitment the region had for cycling. He understands a number of students and staff members are registered for the race.