14 Sep 2011

Waikato-Bay of Plenty to become national cycling hub

8:30 pm on 14 September 2011

Waikato-Bay of Plenty will become the national hub of cycling,

The Government sports funding agency SPARC has confirmed the region as the venue for the national cycling centre of excellence.

SPARC chief executive Peter Miskimmin says the national centre will have operations around the region catering for the different bike disciplines - track, road and BMX.

SPARC ran a tender process for the development of the cycling centre and in April the Waikato-Bay of Plenty bid was selected as the preferred tenderer ahead of Auckland and Manawatu, subject to funding from Waikato Regional Council.

The Government is providing $7 million for the centre, which will cost $28.5 million.