Patrick Bevin from Team Avanti Racing took out the win in a new course record, besting his efforts from last year.
Already established New Zealand’s premier one day road race and supported by Cycling New Zealand, the REV Cycle Race has evolved from an individual to a team challenge.
The Rev Cycle Race introduced its newly awarded UCI 1.2 status for its elite category, the Radio Sport REV Classic, this year. It’s a first in Australasia and proved to be popular for both spectators and cyclists competing in other race categories at the event.
The REV Classic began established an eight man breakaway on French Pass within 20 minutes, the lead extended to 1.20mins before the leaders were reeled in by the peloton. At the 88km mark, the peloton was together again with Avanti looking good before heading into the final climb of the day.
At the top of the Mangakawa climb three riders; Patrick Bevin, James Oram and Michael Torkler representing Team Avanti, NZ and Budget Forklifts respectively, had broken away from the bunch and extended their lead to 45secs. The three riders maintained their distance from the chasing bunch to hold on for a sprint finish with Bevin claiming top honours; Oram and Torkler behind him.
Patrick said he enjoyed the event and was pleased to back up last year’s performance.
“It’s nice to have back to back wins in different situations. It’s an awesome event and I had a great time. It’s a great course with hard loops and climbs but it’s still fast afterwards. This time around there was a lot of team strategy and tactics at play, you just don’t want to play into another team’s advantage.”
Runner up and current U23 Time Trial National Champion James Oram said he was happy with his performance today.
“I hit it early, went hard and just waited to see what happened. I’m a sprinter and I knew I could outsprint at the end”.
Budget Forklifts’ Michael Tockler said the strategy for the team was to get out front early which is “fairly typical of NZ racing… At the end I knew I’d lose to Paddy in a sprint so I made sure he did the work up front. I’m really happy and feel that I’m racing really well at the moment.”
The top eight riders left with valuable UCI points which count towards their individual rankings: 40 – 30 – 16 – 12 – 10 – 8 – 6 – 3.
The Women’s elite 100km race saw three cyclists new to the event on the podium; Joanne Kiesanowski, Hannah Gumbley (both from (Auckland) and Hannah van Kampen (Hastings).
Starting in the REV100 group, the women rode with a fast bunch of 20 male cyclists who assisted them througout the race and warned them of upcoming climbs.
Winner, Joanne Kiesanowski said she had an enjoyable ride.
“There were great conditions today and such beautiful countryside here but there was no time to look because I was working the pedals. The last climb over Scotsman Valley hurt the legs and over the final 5km there were a few attacks but I’m really pleased with how my ride went today”.
The popular REV100 was won by Gordon McCauley in 2.32.03, swiftly followed by U20 national rider Sam Dobbs and Nature Valley’s Brad Tilby.
The REV Midi was won by ONeil Sinclair from Tokoroa who has been riding for just six months, in 1.33.54.
The REV Intro was won by Nic Dallas, closely followed by his father Graham in 34.10.
The popular REV Mini kids’ event had a great atmosphere once again with youngsters enjoying fun on the bouncy castle and learning new bike skills from Sport Waikato’s Project Energise after their race.
Every year 1500 keen riders tackle Cambridge’s infamous cycling terrain. Race categories satisfy young children right through to the world’s elite riders. The REV has something for everyone and showcases the true spirit of cycling.
Date: Saturday 28th February 2015 Location: Tom Voyle Park, Cambridge | 8am-5pm Results, visit: www.therev.co.nz and www.facebook.com/therevcyclerace
Elite Teams for The REV Cycle Race’s Radio Sport REV Classic UCI 1.2:
1. Avanti Racing Team - (AU/NZ Continental)
2. Budget Forklifts - (AU Continental)
3. NZ National Team - (NZ National)
4. Nature Valley Avanti Cycling Team - (NZ Trade Team)
5. L&M Group Ricoh - (NZ Trade Team)
6. Breads of Europe All About Plumbing - (NZ Trade Team)
7. Blindz Direct - (NZ Trade Team)
8. Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Club - (NZ Club)
9. Livingston Building Racing Team - (NZ Club Composite team)
10. Race Director’s Team - (NZ Club Composite team)
For further information, images or interview opportunities contact: Lauren Taylor Media Liaison, REV Cycle Race Tel: 021 0247 1433 E: firstname.lastname@example.org