New Zealand's Trust House Cycle Classic, a UCI 2.2 event, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary in January 2009 with what is likely to be the biggest and best field in its history.
"The tour is now recognised overseas as the best race in this country and I expect a big number of national and international riders. Six UCI continental teams will be invited to take part," said Race Director Jorge Sandoval.
"In this year's event, New Zealand cycling fans witnessed three-time junior world champion Australian rider Travis Meyer showcase his talent. Meyer dominated the 2008 event, claiming podium finishes in five of the seven stages, including one stage victory. I will do my best to get him back to Wellington in 2009 to defend his title," said Sandoval.
The 2009 event will commence on January 21, 2009 with a team time trial in Hutt City and will finish five days later with the Wellington circuit in Lambton Quay.
More information is available at the race website: www.cycletournz.com
Race route for the 2009 Trust House Cycle Classic:
January 21, Stage 1: Hutt City Circuit (TTT), 12 km
January 22, Stage 2: Featherson - Martinborough to Masterton Via Wainuiri, Te Waharau, 145km
January 23, Stage 3: Masterton Circuit, 125.3km
January 24, Stage 4: Gladstone Circuit, 120km
January 24, Stage 5: Masterton Criterium, 40km
January 25, Stage 6: Wellington City (ITT), 12km
January 25, Stage 7: Wellington City Criterium, 60min