We've renamed the Counties Cycle Classic to become the Counties Cycle Classic Criterium to reflect the fact that the race is now held entirely within the confines of Pukekohe Park Raceway.
It makes sense to fully utilise this gem in Pukekohe’s crown and let riders challenge themselves as well as other entrants lap by lap. We’re also investigating the possibility of running a shorter high level criterium before the main race for very experienced riders with 360 degree turns at both ends of a sprint track.
We aim to provide the CCCC as an opportunity to get in some training and competitive riding prior to the BDO Taupo Challenge which is another Rotary initiative. Having a blast around our V8 track is great training for anyone doing any competitive events later in the year.
Last year’s special Covid classic got good reviews:
"Great event today"
"Invaluable experience for racing prep and TTT practice"
"thank you for a well-run and fun event. We really enjoyed riding on the track"
"all kudos to you and the rest of the team for organising this event. Really appreciate it. Good cause and I’ll definitely continue to support"
"Really enjoyed the day and being on the track meant fun and safety for a wide variety of participants"
"I loved riding the racecourse. Especially leading into the start of the multi-sport season, I found it awesome racing around the track and really beneficial to gauge power, speed and endurance fitness early"
"Fantastic effort for fundraising - enjoyed the track experience and it was great for the family to cheer me on"
Counties Cycle Classic Criterium will again run a special category for E-bikes. This will be the Counties Power Electric Bike race of 15 laps (44km). 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 Franklin District, and internationally with projects like eliminating polio world-wide.
The club has just celebrated Its 75th anniversary having been established in 1945. One of the club’s first projects was providing food parcels for Great Britain after the Second World War and now during the Covid 19 pandemic we are again providing food parcels for local families affected by the fall out from Covid 19. Over the years we have 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.
All funds raised by this event go to local charities such as Pukekohe Community Action.
Organiser: Graham Russell
Phone: +64 21 874924
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