REV cycle race awarded international rating

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Paddy Bevin wins The REV Classic in 2014 with a new course record.  Photo: Stephen Barker

Paddy Bevin wins The REV Classic in 2014 with a new course record. Photo: Stephen Barker

The 2015 edition of Cambridge’s REV Cycle Classic has been awarded the only UCI 1.2 rating in Australasia, cementing the race’s position as the premier one day cycling race in New Zealand.

The announcement coincides with the event’s tenth edition in 2015.

This unique race has historically challenged the best riders to take on the heat of the Waikato summer as well as the region’s world-class cycling terrain.

The new appointment of the UCI 1.2 status is endorsed by BikeNZ.

It is expected that teams of international riders will challenge locals on their home turf as they target valuable UCI points over the 137km course.

Race director Kevin Endres says the addition of the UCI 1.2 rating adds another level to the already popular event by encouraging international teams to compete against elite New Zealand cyclists in what is always a fiercely contested race.

“We always see a lot of strategy and competition out in the field, particularly when it comes to breakaways, the climb through French Pass and the final sprint. It will make for an exciting race this year as we see a more international field, teams working together and riders going full throttle for sought after UCI points. We’re asking that teams and individuals interested go online to register for the event,” Kevin says.

The most popular category at the REV continues to be the challenging REV100, whereby hundreds of recreational and club riders from Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Auckland converge on Cambridge to participate in the 100km race.

The event takes place on Saturday February 28, from Tom Voyle Park, Cambridge.

Every year 1500 recreational and elite 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. Entries are now open.

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