Napier is certain to stage the national road cycling championships again after being applauded yesterday for taking the event to a new level over the last three years.
It’s not clear when, but Cycling New Zealand is still to decide on next year’s host, chairman Tony Mitchell, of Auckland, saying any other suitor has high standards to meet after those which “took it up a notch” in Napier, as the feature of an annual Summer Cycling Carnival.
But with rumours that Cycling NZ had asked Napier to consider staging the championships on 2020, Mitchell said while he’d like to see Napier staging the event again, the city council’s decision not to tender for the event next year was “probably the right one”.
A decision is likely to be announced by March, with a South Island venue, probably Christchurch, the favourite, but Mitchell said: “We would love to bring it back to Napier.”
Photo: Napier was certainly a picture as the cycling championships ended yesterday. Photo / Doug Laing
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Posted: 8 January 2019