Counties Cycle Classic will be held each year shortly before the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge – another Rotary initiative. Our event which runs through some of New Zealand’s richest growing country with spectacular scenery gives cyclists a chance to blow out the cobwebs in preparation for Taupo, or just enjoy a day’s ride in the picturesque Franklin countryside.
The 2018 event held at Pukekohe Park Raceway was even better than the inaugural event held in 2017. We had a lot of compliments from cyclists on the day and the following are comments made by email.
"Thanks for organising today's event. A shame about the wind and the hills have only got marginally easier since last year."
“I did the 97km ride yesterday with my partner and two friends. It was really enjoyable and well managed. (Our first time in Pukekohe).”
“Congratulations with organisaing a great cycle race.”
“Just wanted to drop you an email to say what a great event I thought yesterday was. We will encourage more of the local club members to come along next year.”
“Just a quick note to say thankyou for putting on such a well organised race on Sunday. We enjoyed being a sponsor and the boys had a great ride.”
“I just wanted to send you an email to say I really enjoyed the event. Just the second cycle event I have done. I entered the 97km event and enjoyed the route and felt safe with the traffic management you had in place. The road chosen had plenty of shoulder space where there was traffic.”
“Thanks for a well run event in the weekend.”
“Thanks for your response. I have got my results and really enjoyed the event. I will get a few more friends to join me next year. Will just train harder for the next year and do the 52km or 97km.”
“Thanks for a great event. It was my first race in New Zealand and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Please thank all marshals along the route for guiding us and for stopping the traffic to allow us to keep going. I felt very safe along the whole ride and will definitly ride again next year. I am telling all my cyclist freinds about the race so will hopefully bring along a few more riders next year.”
“Great cycling event, flawlessly organised, but a better way of organising the gallery is needed.”
“Fantastic organisation this year.”
“We have sparked alot of interest so next year should be more participants.”
The rides follow roads with very little traffic and great scenery. There is a short stretch on the Pukekohe – Waiuku road that has a moderate level of traffic then it’s all nice quiet country roads. All roads are sealed and open to the public. Care is needed at all times. and road rules must be obeyed. Cyclists must not cross the centre line and where there is no centre line you must keep to the left side of the road.
Counties Cycle Classic will again run a special category for E-bikes. This will be the Counties Power Electric Bike Ride on the 52km route and will take the form of a timed trial where riders are given a target time to complete the course. The closest to that target wins. Any electric bikes are eligible so long as they have pedals and can be ridden by pedal power alone. (electric motorcycles are not allowed)
We are The Rotary Club of Pukekohe Inc. and are very involved in the community of Pukekohe, the wider South Auckland District, and internationally with projects like eliminating polio world-wide.
The club was formed in 1945 and over the years has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities, student science schools, international exchange students, sports groups and many others as well as making regular donations for international Rotary projects.
The money is raised by a number of fund raising activities with an annual book sale and golf tournament our main focus in recent years. Counties Cycle Classic is now our third flagship event, and will be run each year shortly before the Taupo Cycle Challenge.
Funds raised by the Counties Cycle Classic will all be earmarked for local charities.
The Club meets weekly on Tuesday evenings (5.45 for 6.15) at the Pukekohe Racetrack with a nourishing meal and interesting speaker. Visitors are always welcome, and if you are interested in joining Rotary, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Organiser: Graham Russell
Phone: +64 21 874924
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