We hope you have been enjoying the spring weather and are finding the time to get back out onto the roads. We are excited to inform you that the 2009 Tineli Nelson Tour de Femme entries will open this coming Tuesday the 13th of October.
Entry for the 2009 Tour is $160 per rider and will include lunch on Day One and Day Two, and the prizegiving buffet on Day Three at The Verdict, Bridge St, Nelson.
We are offering an early bird discount offer - enter by the 31st of October and pay only $130 for three days of excitement and action in the sunshine capital of New Zealand.
Entry is limited to 100 riders only.
The Tineli Nelson Tour de Femme: December 27: Event Registration and Briefing at The Verdict, Bridge St, Nelson December 28: Stage One - Toxic Coffee Takaka Hill Climb, Stage Two - Tussock Mahana Valley Circuit December 29: Stage Three - Nelson Bays Holden 70km, Stage Four - SIS Individual Time Trial December 30: Stage Five - Cycling Nelson 80km and Event Prizegiving at The Verdict
We wish you well for a summer of cycling and hope to see you here in Nelson in December.
Over 50 now registered to be on the 2009 startline on the 28th of December. TRINZ will be bringing a team once again and will compete against Team Freshchoice and Team Cyclosport for TEAM honours. Check out the current competitor list online at www.nelsonevents.co.nz Entries close on the 8th of December, so only two days left to get your entry in!
Triathlete Kate McIlroy of Wellington leads the Tineli Nelson Tour de Femme virtue of an outstanding hill climb in the Toxic Coffee Takaka Hill Time Trial. Thirty seconds separated McIlroy from her TriNZ teammate Teresa Adam (Auckland). Third was Marina Duvnjak (Auckland) a further thirty seconds adrift. These three now lead the Tour on General Classification plus hold top ranking in the Queen of the Mountain competition.
Nelson's Karen Fulton fought back in the 50km multi lap Tussock Wines Stage Two circuit to take line honours and enjoy a seven second time bonus. Clocking the same time were Emma Petersen (Te Awamutu) and Jeannie Kuhajek (Nelson). Petersen has set herself up well for the Sprint Ace title completely dominating all three sprints bagging 28 points. Sophie Williamson (Alexandra) follows with 13 points and Lower Hutt's Tracy Best sits in third position on 10 points.
Day Two starts with the Nelson Bays Holden 70km loop from Brightwater, through the Spooners and Reay Saddles, followed by the SIS 19km Individual Time Trial.
General Classification: McIlroy, 1.53.05 (1), Adam, +0:64 (2), Duvnjak, +1.02 (3), Julia Grant, Christchurch, +1.17 (4), Emma Crum, Auckland, +1.34 (5)
Looks like a new holder of the Maglia Rosa heading into Stage Five, the Cycling Nelson 80km tomorrow after some very fast individual time trialing. GC will be uploaded soon, in the meantime check out Day Two Results on http://www.nelsonevents.co.nz
Marina Duvnjak leads the Tineli Nelson Tour de Femme going into Wednesday’s final stage. She holds a 44 second buffer over Kate McIlroy who ‘blew out’ on the 19km fourth stage Time Trial losing 1 minute 41 seconds to the seasoned Auckland cyclist.
Big mover also was Nelson’s Karen Fulton who ‘leapfrogged’ onto the podium with the second fastest split with an aggressive ride.
Duvnjak will be forced to work all the way in the final 80km stage with McIlroy and her fellow TriNZ team mates Teresa Adam and Julia Grant pushing hard to reclaim the Maglia Rosa (leaders) jersey.
Earlier in the day Emma Petersen out-sprinted a 13 strong bunch home in the 70km morning stage, holding out Duvnjak and Fulton.
With 3 hill climbs up for grabs in the final stage the competition for Queen of the Mountains is still wide open with Adam just 3 points clear of McIlroy and Fulton a further 4 adrift.
The Sprint Ace competition however is a ‘dead rubber’ with Petersen unbeatable going into Day 3 with just one sprint in the stage. The battle now lies with Sophie Williamson and Tracy Best who are separated by just 3 points.
Duvnjak (Akld), 4.25.19, 1; McIlroy (Wtgn), +44, 2; Fulton (Nn), +1.38, 3; Adam (Akld), +1.41, 4: Grant (Chch), +2.03, 5; Emma Crum (Akld), +2.26, 6; Tracy Best (Lwr Hutt), +3.46, 7; Emma Petersen (Te Awamutu), +3.47, 8; Amanda Minty (Cch), +4.24, 9; Rebecca Kingsford (Tirau), +4.34, 10.
Perseverance and determination pay off – well they did for Aucklander, Marina Duvnjak when she claimed the Tineli Nelson Tour de Femme title at the end of the 3 day, 5 stage event.
Duvnjak, who commented that it was a tough competition but an enjoyable one, made her move on Stage 4, the Individual Time Trial, and maintained her advantage in the penultimate 80km stage 5, despite some gutsy breakaway attempts. Early leader, Kate McIlroy (Wtgn) suffered in the time trial but recovered yesterday to finish second on General Classification followed by Karen Fulton (Nelson).
The Sprint Ace was already decided going into stage 5. Emma Petersen (Te Awamutu) having accumulated enough points (28) previously. Sophie Williamson (Alex) on 13points and Tracy Best (Lwr Hutt) 10points rounded out the top three.
Queen of the Mountains for the third year was Aucklander Emma Crum (38pts), Teresa Adam (Akld) was next in line earning 28pts with Kate McIlroy 3rd on 18pts.