Oceania Championships are a dry run for Rotorua World's

After the Oceania Cycling Federation announced last year that teams outside the Federation would be eligible to race at the event being held weeks before the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, a healthy turnout of riders is expected in the Sulphur City (Rotorua) Oceania Championships March 3-5.

BikeNZ marketing manager Ted Jones said the relaxing of the rule also added momentum to preparations for the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships to be held in Rotorua in August next year.

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