It’s time to get in the saddle: this year’s Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling has been scheduled for Saturday 4 December and Sunday 5 December, and is to be held in the Garden City of Christchurch again.
The event, which sees European stars and Olympic champions get in the saddle together with kids, recreational riders and club cyclists, promises to be bigger than ever. Highlights include the Avanti Long Bay Classic, City Criterium and Harbour Ride as well as the Benchmark Homes Kids Mini-Bays, BMX and mountain biking.
It’ll all start with the 80-kilometre Armstrong Motor Group Harbour Ride around the stunning Lyttelton bays and Port Hills. Afterwards, New Zealand and international top cyclists will take part in the Avanti Long Bay Classic. In past events superstars such as double Olympic medalist Hayden Roulston and women’s Tour de France champion Linda Villumsen have earned the title. For 2010, hopes are pinned on Canterbury Olympian Hayden Roulston and New Zealand pro champion Jack Bauer who also dominated the Avanti Long Bays Classic in 2009.
Mountain bike enthusiasts are looking forward to the 30-kilometre course which will take in private land otherwise not accessible to the public. The last event on Saturday will be the Benchmark Homes Kids Mini Bays and will see hundreds of eight- to 14-year-olds take on five- and ten-kilometre tracks around McCormack’s Bay, with NZ champions and Olympians cheering them on.
On Sunday 5 December Christchurch City will be the focus for the biking action. The Oxford Terrace café strip will host the Armstrong Motor Group City Criterium with events ranging from BMX racing and celebrity tandem races to Euro-style criterium and the feature invitational racing.
Want to practise before Christchurch's biggest cycling event kicks off? Why not check out our cycling and mountain bike listings? You'll find everything from bike hire to bicycle sightseeing and challenging mountain biking tours!
Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling: 4 – 5 December 2010