Stage five of the 2020 NZ Cycle Classic UCI Oceania Tour in Wairarapa. PHOTO/DAVE LINTOTT Langlands says quality of racing stepped up
Mark Langlands. PHOTO/FILE Mark Langlands has become adept at juggling two wheels and two vineyards.
For the second year in a row, the former professional road cyclist turned viticulture student and worker, will be the sole Wairarapa rider lining up to contest the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic which
gets under way in Masterton tonight.
With only three papers left to go to complete his viticulture degree through Eastern Institute of Technology, Mark has spent the summer busy managing Redbank Vineyard on Te Muna Rd and consulting to Stonecrop Vineyard just south of Martinborough, all the while building up mileage on the bike ahead of this week’s five-day tour.
“It’s definitely been a busy couple of weeks juggling early morning starts on the vineyard and then making each training session count,” he said.
“The good news is I am feeling strong on the bike which I hope holds me in good stead for the tour.”
Langlands will line up in the red and white racing strip of Coupland’s Bakeries/Booth’s Transport alongside teammates Nick Kergozou, Glenn Haden, Madi Hartley-Brown, Liam Cappel, and Toby Atkins.They are one of 14 teams contesting the five-day event.Others include Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy, New Zealand’s only UCI pro team, Australian based St George Continental with a line-up of Kiwi riders, the New Zealand National team, and a Cycling NZ team.“[As a team], we gel well together, […]