Manawatū campus to host Criterium National Championships

Monday 31 October 2022

Cycling New Zealand’s high profile national championships for criterium and road cycling will move north in 2023.

Massey's Manawatū campus will host the Criterium National Championships in January. Photo credit: CMG Sport.

The Manawatū campus will host the Criterium National Championships in January. Photo credit: CMG Sport.

The Criterium National Championships will be staged at the Manawatū campus on 23 January, immediately following the UCI-sanctioned Gravel & Tar race in the city which makes a welcome return to the racing calendar.

The Criterium Championships is a partnership between the university and Palmerston North City Council, on a unique course within the campus, and managed by former Massey Professor of Exercise Physiology Steve Stannard, who also organises the Gravel & Tar event.

Sport Advancement Manager Jacob Oram says the university is excited to host the 2023 Cycling NZ Criterium in January.

“The world-class sporting event will attract hundreds of riders, support staff and spectators to Massey and the Manawatū from all over Aotearoa New Zealand. Massey is committed to sport and recreation, so events of this calibre provide great opportunities to showcase the fantastic facilities and resources we have. The Criterium is a marquee event on the cycling calendar, so it’s a privilege to be part of it.”

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith is thrilled the city has attracted another significant sporting event.

“As a sport-mad Mayor, I’m personally thrilled that the National Criterium Championships are coming to Palmy to tie-in with our own UCI Gravel & Tar Cycle race.

“I'm sure our Palmy public along with those in wider central New Zealand will come out to support our world-class New Zealand cyclists but also those competing in international teams.

“I want to acknowledge Cycling New Zealand, the various commercial partners, the Greasy Chain Trust, along with our Sport Manawatū and Palmerston North City Council events staff in getting these events confirmed. It adds to what is already, an exciting 2023 Sporting Events calendar.”

Racing will start at 9am with racing for community riders before the championship grades of under-17, under-19 and elite female and males.

Entries for the Criterium open in November.

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