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In a sign that the world MTB community is taking August's Rotarua, New Zealand World Championships...
In a sign that the world MTB community is taking August's Rotarua, New Zealand World Championships seriously even in March, promoters of the Oceania Championships (which will be held on the same terrain as Worlds), say that they expect huge crowds of racers, fans and UCI observers this weekend.
"There is no doubt that the MTB Oceania Championships are the biggest cycling event undertaken by New Zealand," said UCI Vice President Ray Godkin to BikeNZ earlier this week.
The extra attention the race is getting is, no doubt, due to the upcoming World Championship race. BikeNZ's Ted Jones says that non Oceania-region athletes are not normally permitted and the decision to open the field has brought a lot of brand-name mountain bikers eager to get an early shot at the World Championship course to New Zealand. Over 250 riders from places as far away as Italy, Switzerland, USA, New Caledonia and more are expected including this list of who's who:
Check back on Cyclingnews through and after the weekend for results and news from the races.