A new group has been formed to foster the boom of cycling in the Waitaki district.
Cycling Waitaki, a road and track club, aims to represent all those on two wheels in the Waitaki and Waimate districts.
The club is affiliated to Cycling New Zealand, the umbrella body that represents national and cycling organisations across the country.
Cycling veteran Terry Hannan, who is the secretary for the new venture, said he was excited about the club’s formation.
“It really has taken off,” he said.
“I’m totally thrilled for the district.”
Mr Hannan said many months went into setting up the club, forming an incorporated society, and organising several racing events.
One event he was initially excited about was a Waitaki leg of the Calder Stewart Elite Cycle series, which was to have taken place on a circuit near
The event was tentatively scheduled for February, and was expected to attract more than 300 riders, making it perhaps the largest cycling event to take place in the district.
However, news landed this week that the race could not be squeezed into the calendar.
Cycling Waitaki members have designed a uniform which feature a composite of colours relating to both districts.
Mr Hannan said it would be a dream come true if he saw club members sporting the uniform while they competed in New Zealand cycling events.
“The one thing I would love to see would be a young person from our region climbing on the podium at the New Zealand cycling championships, wearing our jersey,” he said.
“That’s the one dream because then I’d know we’d done it.”
A website for the club is also under development and is expected to launch in the coming months.
Mr Hannan believed Cycling Waitaki had a bright future, and he looked forward to seeing it grow.