124 of the best women's road riders in the world will be leaving New Zealand's Lower Hutt's Angus Inn at 11:45am on Tuesday, riding along State Highway 2 to Wellington, under police escort, on their way to Parliament. That will mark the start of a parade through the city to Civic Square at 12:30pm. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the riders will compete in the Trust House Tour in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Wairarapa. They have a day off on Saturday and then take part in the main event - the second leg of the World Cup series, around a circuit in Wellington's CBD.
Race Director Jorge Sandoval said the riders' journey into Wellington from Lower Hutt should be quite a spectacle. "They go everywhere on their bikes, so this is no different for them, but it should be quite a sight for anyone travelling on the motorway," he said. "We're hoping Wellington turns on another spectacular, sunny day for them."
The event launch takes place at the National Library Auditorium, 58-78 Molesworth Street, Wellington on Wednesday, March 1 at 11.00am.