Sarah van Boheemen Thu 30 January 2014, 06:30PM

Playing by the rules

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Three riders were forbidden to start the New Zealand Cycle Classic in Palmerston North on Wednesday at the eleventh hour, but why? Sarah van Boheemen delves into the rarely exercised UCI rule that prevented them starting, and why it exists.

Australia's Jacob Kauffman and New Zealand's Roman van Uden and Hamish Schreurs were told the night before the New Zealand Cycle Classic that they could not don race numbers to compete in the UCI 2.1 Tour.

Why? Because they were registered to UCI teams on the other side of the world who weren't racing the event.

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Sarah van Boheemen Thu 31 October 2013, 10:00AM

Saving the best for last

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When the end of the year rolls around most riders are chomping at the bit to begin their off season, but there is one race in New Zealand that is worth extending a season for.

The SBS Bank Tour of Southland, which begins this weekend, is a seven day, eight stage tour around the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand.

But the Tour of Southland is more than just another bike race, it is the blue-riband event of New Zealand cycling, the Kiwi equivalent of the Warrny, the historic race that everyone wants to win and the only cycling event that actually makes the nightly news - and on both channels!

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Sarah van Boheemen Tue 15 October 2013, 02:00PM

Closer to home

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A stop-over in Australia may be the key to success for Kiwi cyclists, writes Sarah van Boheemen.

New Zealanders have won a third of the 12 Subaru National Road Series (NRS) events this year, with one race remaining.

This statistic is even more impressive when you consider that, on average, there have been only four Kiwis competing in any single NRS event.

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Sarah van Boheemen Fri 08 March 2013, 03:00PM

Expect the unexpected


Logic dictates that when WorldTour teams line up against lower-ranked teams, it is expected that they will win.

The recent UCI 2.HC Tour de Langkawi boasted five WorldTour teams, but it was the continental teams who stole the show. Should we be suspicious of this unexpected outcome?

On Stage 3, after being in the break for the two days previous, Chinese rider Meiyin Wang from the Hengxiang continental team, rode away from his breakaway companions and held off a thundering peloton in a 40km uphill, solo time trial.

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Sarah van Boheemen Wed 20 February 2013, 11:00AM

Langkawi liaisons


The Tour de Langkawi starts on Thursday but the island of Langkawi's cameo appearance in the 10 day tour is already over.

The Tour de Langkawi starts on Thursday but the island of Langkawi's cameo appearance in the 10 day tour is already over.

After making the 15 hour trip from Sydney to Malaysia, I spent a total of five hours on the island.

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