The inaugural International Vets Cycle Classic is to be held in Masterton, New Zealand, over the 2007 Easter weekend (April 6-9). The Vets event will be a combination of the circuits already used in the men’s Trust House Classic, combined with new stages in the Wairarapa region.
It will be the first time a race of this nature has been held in New Zealand and will see the involvement of hundreds of masters cyclists. Race organiser Jorge Sandoval said that the time is ripe for a major national event like this.
"I have been asked many times over the years when I am going to run a vets event. Well now I will run one, and it will be held on the same basis as the elite Trust House Cycle Classic that takes place every year, except with shorter stages."
The race will be based in the Wairarapa and will be staged over the same circuits as the elite men earlier in the year. The final stage will be as hard as the elite men and will finish with a hill climb up the gruelling 12 km Admiral Hill.
The event will attract participants from all over New Zealand and Australia, many of them ex national champions.