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Last week Adelaide was a hive of activity as the Tour Down Under marked the start of the professional season and the first race on the WorldTour calender. January also marks the start of the UCI Oceania Tour with the Tour of Wellington. Beginning on Wednedsay 26 January, the House Trust Cycle Classic (Tour of Wellington) in New Zealand is run over five days and 580km. The route will see many of the home nations’ top domestic teams go up against a number of Australian Continental and National Series teams. There is a mix of flat, rolling and hill top finishes with the final criterium stage being held around Wellington city.

I will be racing with Team BikeBug.com and posting daily updates on how the race is progressing while trying to demonstrate the competitive level that continues to grow in both New Zealand and Australia. In order to accomplish this I will be loading my SRM power data as well as using a couple of other riders from the race. Garmin maps will give anyone planning a trip over here a taste of what they can expect from their trip.

Racing begins in the afternoon at a lesurely time of 2:30pm with two categorised climbs and one intermediate sprint over the 121km. Rimutaka Hill is the first climb and comes after 18km, rising 500m above sea level. The rest of the stage is meant to be hilly but I have learnt not to trust these elevations given before races – sometimes they are just completely off. By around 6pm tomorrow I should know more. Here are some photos and a map of our short spin around Lower Hutt on Tuesday, the day before the race. Check back tomorrow for an update post-stage.

Team BikeBug.comTeam BikeBug.com rider from left to right: Sam Rutherford, Geoff Straub, Chris Jory, Alex Malone and Phil Grenfell.

p1250036From the moment we arrived we could see the kind of terrain we would be riding – hills! And plenty of them.

p1250035The BikeBug team check out the roads of today’s stage.

Alex Malone.

Alex Malone  is Technical Editor and staff writer for RIDE Cycling Review.

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