Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Posted by: Cycling Southland

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High early interest in Corporate Pursuit event  
 
Less  than  two  weeks  after  entries  opened,  interest  is  already  high  in  Cycling  Southland's Harrex Group Corporate Pursuit being held in June. 
 
Organisers  expect  to  easily  fill  the  field  of  32  corporate  teams  that  will  compete  in  New Zealand’s only  indoor velodrome in Invercargill  in a grading time trial on Friday 18 June and then finals on Sunday 27 June.
 
Some teams have already started training even though organised coaching for the event does not start until 10 May.  
 
"Each year we aim to continue to develop this unique event as a positive experience for both the competitors and spectators alike," spokesperson for Cycling Southland Julian Ineson said. 
 
“There have been a lot of businesses contacting the office for details, booking training on the track,  and  there  are  some  businesses  that  are  having  some  trials  on  the  track  prior  to finalising their entries.” 
 
The Corporate Pursuit  involves  teams of  four  riders  in an  Italian-style pursuit, with one  rider dropping off after each lap. The team with the fastest time over the four laps is the winner. 
 
The event has proved to be a winning formula within the Southland business community with organisations seeing  the  team building and bonding elements as well as  recognising  its  fun, encouraging environment and the chance to get on a bike and increase fitness levels.
 
The Corporate Pursuit was about getting new people into the sport, Ineson said
 
“We  have  lots  of  first  time  bike  racers.  It’s  great  to  see  them  get  involved,  get  really enthusiastic about riding with many pushing on and getting road bikes and riding outdoors as well -  it’s great for the sport, with many going on to join Cycling Southland to compete or as officials or supporters of the club.” 
 
The programme includes six weeks of training with a dedicated coach for each team. 
 
Organisers  have  exciting  plans  to  lift  the  level  of  entertainment  and  atmosphere  this  year, raise the profile of the event and increase the number of spectators. 
 
Entry  forms  are  available  on  the  Cycling  Southland  website  or  at  their  office  at  the  ILT Velodrome. Entries close 22 April.

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