The New Zealand event at the world class Avantidrome will link with one in Hong Kong in January 2019, which will be the only Track World Cups in the southern hemisphere next year.
Arguably New Zealand’s biggest ever cycling event, the Tissot UCI Track World Cup was welcomed in 2015 by sell-out crowds and high praise from UCI and international teams. Building on that success, Cycling New Zealand CEO, Andrew Matheson says the foundations and proven capability are in place for 2019 to be another successful event.
“The benchmark is set, and we’re excited to be giving track cycling and general sports fans across the country another opportunity to see our world class and world champion riders taking on their international rivals here at home.
“For our elite riders themselves, it’s a rare chance to take on their biggest rivals in front of a home crowd, which will no doubt drive some impressive performances and exciting racing as we saw in 2015.”
Hosting a World Cup also provides strategic benefit for the Vantage National Elite Team as coaches look towards Tokyo 2020. High Performance Director, Martin Barras said racing a World Cup at home will mean there is opportunity for more Kiwi riders to get experience at this level.