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Cycling Superstars Confirm For Taupo

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Cycling Superstars Confirm For Taupo

Taupo will play host to Tour de France riders, World Champions, and Olympic medallists this weekend at the Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

Four-time Tour de France finisher and dual New Zealand Road Race Champion Julian Dean will compete in the Elite Street Race on Friday night against some of New Zealand's top male riders.

On Saturday morning, a field of at least 70 elite riders will compete in the Avanti Classic 160km race - Jeremy Yates and former winner Gordon McCauley are expected to be front-runners.

Fresh from her silver medal at the World Cup in Melbourne last weekend, 2009 Track Cycling World Champion Alison Shanks will compete in the women's Elite Street Race on Friday night against many of New Zealand's top cyclists including Cath Cheatley, who has just completed a successful year in the United States.

On Saturday morning, Cheatley will take on a strong international field of riders in the WorkoutZone Women's Road Race including four from Melbourne, who have travelled to Taupo determined to claim the inaugural title for Australia.

The Australian line-up includes Joanne Hogan, Ginger Kidd, Rebecca Locke and Nicole Whitburn who are members of the Prime Estate Women's Cycling Team.

Meanwhile dual Olympic medallist and hometown favourite Bevan Docherty will participate in the 160km BNZ solo ride on Saturday and will lead a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest parade of bikes on Sunday morning.

The elite riders will be among an expected field of 11,000 who will participate in 12 different events throughout the annual Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

The event has attracted the most number of solo entrants (5717) and international entrants (360) in its 33 year history.

The Elite Street Races will take place in Taupo town on Friday 27th November with action commencing at 6pm. The Avanti Men's Classic competitors and the WorkoutZone Women's Road Race competitors are expected to finish from 10am on Saturday 28th November

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