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EID Group win 2013 Corporate Pursuit from NZ Police

Above: EIS Group win the 2013 Crowe Horwath Corporate Pursuit from the NZ Police

EIS sprinted their way to the Corporate Pursuit title at the SIT Zerofees Velodrome yesterday.

Competing in the annual Crowe Horwath-sponsored business house cycling challenge for the fourth time, it was the first time the Invercargill electrical firm had won the main event.

Team spokesman Dean Addie said the core of riders had improved every year.

"We're very happy, it puts all the hard work into perspective," he said. "Every year we've just got slightly better. It is a great buzz."

Addie said the EIS team - Carmen O'Connell, Addie, Kate Webster, Brent Webster, Phil Botting, Stu Corry and coaches Scott Milne and Caleb Hope - had overcome a few challenges along the way, including tumbles in training and the withdrawal of a couple of young riders.

"That's why a fat old fella like me had to be put in there; there were a couple glitches, a few bruises and bumps," he said.

EIS were the top qualifiers in last Sunday's time trial but they knocked just over 2sec off that time on the way to winning the final with a 1:15.645 over runners-up NZ Police (1:16.848).

Fonterra, who had earlier been knocked out of contention for the title after a time penalty for a late change, finished third (1:15.207) with a win over the NZ Fire Service 1 team (1:16.369) in the bronze medal ride-off.

In division two, the Mitre 10 Mega team took the honours with a narrow win over Ricoh in the final. BNZ edged out Amalgamated Builders for third place.

There was some controversy earlier in the day when the junior team of Emma Cumming, Hamish Beadle, Brayden Stephens and Tom Sexton broke the allcomers record for the four-lap Italian pursuit by about half a second with a 1:09.614.

That time looked to have been smashed by the all-star combination of Steph McKenzie, Karl Watson, Olympian Eddie Dawkins and his New Zealand men's elite sprint team-mate Tom Beadle with a 1:04.823, but they were disqualified for an early change by Beadle on the final lap.

Article courtesy of The Southland Times


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Round of 16  |  Finals (Quarters to Finals) |  Consolation Plate (First Round Losers)  |   Consolation Plate Losers  |  Plate (Quarterfinal Losers)


Division 1  |  Division 2


Time Trial Gallery

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EIS takes time trial win in to finals

EIS GroupEIS Group will head in to next weekend’s Crowe Horwath Corporate Pursuit Finals as the number one seed after qualifying fastest at yesterday’s Grading Time Trial in Cycling Southland’s annual business track cycling competition. 

The four-person EIS team covered its 1000 metre Italian pursuit in a blistering 1 minute 17.782 seconds to lead the thirty team field. 

Less than half a second separated the fastest three teams with NZ Police finishing in second place in 1:18.161 to sneak in front of Fonterra’s 1:18.166 by just five one-thousandths of a second.

The top sixteen will contest the Division One competition on Sunday with NZ Fire Service’s two teams, Crowe Horwath, Whyte’s Gravel Supplies, ILT Heineken, AWS Legal, Preston Russell Law, YMCA, Environment Southland, Classic Hits, Harrex Group, SBS Bank and Opus International also making the top grade.

Division Two will feature BNZ, Amalgamated Builders, Ricoh Southland, Westpac, IFS Growth Ltd, Colac Bay Tavern, McIntyre Dick & Partners, Speights Ale House, HW Richardson, South Port, PowerNet, Mitre 10 Mega, Southern District Health Board and Waihopai Health Services.

Racing will start at SIT Zerofees Velodrome at 9:30am with the focus switching from racing the clock to racing the opponent on the other side of the track. The two division trophies are awarded at the end of an elimination round-robin format with some close racing expected on yesterday’s evidence.

Entry is just $2 for adults with children free.

Corporate Pursuit Membership Form


Place Team Time Speed
1 EIS GROUP 01:17.8 46.283
2 NZ POLICE 01:18.2 46.059
3 FONTERRA MILKING IT 01:18.2 46.056
4 NZ FIRE SERVICE 1 01:18.7 45.737
5 CROWE HORWATH 01:20.0 45.015
6 WHYTES GRAVEL 01:20.2 44.902
7 ILT HEINEKEN 01:20.3 44.841
8 AWS LEGAL 01:20.8 44.575
9 PRESTON RUSSELL LAW 01:20.8 44.569
10 YMCA 01:21.3 44.297
11 ENVIRONMENT STHLAND 01:21.7 44.044
12 CLASSIC HITS 01:21.9 43.973
13 HARREX GROUP 01:21.9 43.95
14 SBS BANK 01:22.0 43.926
15 NZ FIRE SERVICE 2 01:22.2 43.779
16 OPUS INTERNATIONAL 01:22.9 43.403
17 BNZ KIWIS CAN FLY 01:23.2 43.247
18 AMALGAMATED BUILDERS 01:23.4 43.153
T19 RICOH ROLLERS 01:23.9 42.933
T19 WESTPAC 01:23.9 42.933
21 IFS SLUMBER JACKS 01:24.1 42.823
22 COLAC BAY 01:24.4 42.643
23 MCINTYRE DICK 01:24.5 42.604
24 SPEIGHTS ALE HOUSE 01:25.0 42.332
25 HW RICHARDSON RIDERS 01:26.3 41.704
26 SOUTH PORT 01:26.4 41.645
27 POWERNET 01:27.3 41.233
28 MITRE 10 MEGA 01:27.5 41.148
29 SOUTHERN DHB 01:28.3 40.78
30 WAIHOPAI HEALTH 01:33.3 38.574


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27 June - Week 1 Results 
4 July - Week 2 Results  |  Race report
11 July - Week 3 Results  |  Race report
18 July - Week 4 Results  |  Race report


Event 1:

Each team will ride over the 500m distance with the top 4 team times going on to ride off in the final. Teams must have at least one female member. Members must be a competitor in the Crowe Horwath Corporate Pursuit.

Start Order:

1              Fonterra
2              AWS Legal
3              NZ Fire Service 1
4              ILT Heineken
5              Speights Ale House
6              NZ Police
7              OPUS International Consultants
8              EIS

Event 2:

The top 4 females from the 5th-8th team final times will race off for 5th-8th female 

Event 3:

The top 4 males from the 5th-8th team final times will race off for5th-8th male 

Event 4 - Team Finals:

Each of the fastest 4 teams to ride off over the 500m distance.  

Start Order: 4th qualifier, 3rd qualifier, 2nd qualifier, fastest qualifier

Event 5 - Women's Individual Final:

The top 4 females from the team final times will race off for 1st-4th female 

Event 6 - Men's Individual Final:

The top 4 males from the team final times will race off for 1st-4th male



Read more about this year's rules and check out all the action from our 2012 edition below.

Race Description

  • The Italian Pursuit is a four member team event. The race is held over 4 laps of the 250m track, a total of 1000m
  • Two teams will be on the track at one time.  Each starting and finishing on the opposite sides of the track
  • The lead rider will ride one whole lap then pull off as the second rider takes over for their whole lap on the front of the team. Next will be the third rider and finally the fourth rider races the last lap. Each rider will complete a whole lap on the front of their team. 
  • Changes will take place between the cones on the respective straights (between the pursuit line and a cone placed 15metres beyond). The following riders’s front wheel may not overlap the leading rider’s rear wheel until they are in this zone. The leading rider must have left the sprinter’s lane before the 15 metre cone.
  • The time of the team is taken on the final rider crossing their pursuit line. 

Rules of the 2013 Corporate Pursuit

  • Entries will only be accepted via the official entry online form no later than 5pm Tuesday 11 June 2013.
  • Successful entries will then be invoiced with full payment due immediately.
  • There are limited places available. Please indicate on the entry form your team's ranking if entering multiple team entries from your business. If the case arises that we have too many entries a ballot will be held for all the 2nd ranked teams then 3rd ranked teams and so forth.
  • Riders must be employees/employers of the competing company or within the same industry e.g. group of dairy farmers, printing industry or health industry, etc.
  • Four members will compete in each race.
  • A team is made up of up to six riders.  No more than three males will be allowed to ride in any one round.
  • Teams can change the order of their combination for each round.
  • Riders will use approved track bikes and safety helmets.
  • No aero helmets are allowed
  • Teams using the club track bikes can adjust the seat height only.  No other adjustments of the bike can be made.  NO wheel or pedal changes.  Time penalties will be imposed on any team breaching these rules.
  • Teams must attend a minimum of four organised training sessions on the Velodrome.
  • The coach and a team representative are required to attend the information evening on Wednesday the 19 June at 7pm in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge above the track at the Velodrome. A demonstration of the race and allocation of training times will be part of this evening.
  • Competitors take part at their own risk.
  • Restricted gearing.  This will equate to a roll out of 6.3metres (51x17, 48x16, 42x14, 39x13).
  • No disc wheels are permitted. No full carbon wheels are permitted.
  • Only wheels with standard spokes are acceptable.
  • All competitors must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All concerns of competitors or support crew must be addressed to the coach of their team who may choose then to address these to the Event Directors.
  • Teams are to follow the instructions of officials and coaches.
  • Any rider who has represented their Centre or country at any national or international track cycling competitions over the past 12 months is excluded from the competition.
  • The organisers reserve the right to amend team entries that are deemed to be not in the true spirit of the competition.
  • Competitors are to wear the race number allocated to them by the organisers.
  • Preferential entries will be given to Southland-based corporate teams.
  • All-comers record teams race under the same gearing as per the corporate pursuit.
  • If for whatever reason a team, once entry has been accepted, withdraws from the event no refund of the entry fee will be necessarily forthcoming.
  • Prize-giving tickets are non refundable.
  • Refunds of entry fees due to cancellation will be at the discretion of the organisers.
  • We agree that organisers and sponsors of this event may use any information given to the organisers for purposes connected with the event and to provide us with details of other products, services and events.
  • We agree to allow any photographic, film or audio likeness to be used by the organisers, sponsors and/or assignees at no cost.
  • We will not hold organisers, officials, sponsors and/or any person involved with the event liable for any loss or injury to person or equipment.
  • Any other items arising will be dealt with at the discretion of the organising committee.
  • View the diagram of how the team sprint rules work

    Sier Vermunt and Julian Ineson
    Event Directors

    So What's The Attraction Anyway?

    harrex_tonigreenSeem like a lot of work? Why would you want to put yourself through something like this? If these questions are rattling around in your head right now, maybe you should hear from one of our original Corporate Pursuiters.

    "What's the attraction of the Corporate Cycling Event? Men in Lycra? Wrong! Not the reason I have decided over the last four years to enter the Corporate Cycling event at the velodrome at Stadium Southland.

    Potential Sarah Ulmer in the making? Also wrong! Unfortunately there's not a hope that will be the reason I join three other from AWS Legal to train under the watchful eyes of Julian Ineson and Neil Cleghorn for five weeks leading up to the time trial and race day.

    Time out from the kids? Wrong again. Definetly not the reason I sat in the warm-up area breast-feeding my three month old baby between races and encouraging AWS staff, partners and my family to join the crowd at the Velodrome to watch the racing.

    Instead for me, being part of the Corporate Pursuit was mostly about trying something new and being able to utilise the world-class facilities we have in little old Invercargill. The buzz of being out on the track, the adrenaline rush of training, racing in convoy with team mates and the office hype associated with being in a team event rank a close second.

    In fact this event is so much fun, I not so secretly maintain my cycling training for months before the event so as not to lose my place to other younger faster staff members. The countdown is on!" - Toni Green

    Corporate Pursuit Gallery

    And if that's not convincing enough, check out our Photo Gallery of past Corporate Pursuits. If these fun shots don't sway you, there's nothing more we can do :-)

    Southland District Council Roll to Victory

    Southland District Council and Calder Stewart on the podiumThe Southland District Council is the 2012 Corporate Pursuit champion after its foursome of Cherie Champion, Adrian Buddle, Jamie Cunningham and rider/coach Mark Day combined to ride to four victories throughout today's knock-out Finals at the Stadium Southland Velodrome.

    After qualifying fastest in last weekend's grading time trial the SDC combination held its form throughout the day to take out Division One from Calder Stewart Roofing, who had to be content with second place for the second year in a row. <read more>

    Finals Photo Gallery

    Check out the action and colour from Finals Day in our Photo Gallery.

    Finals Day Results

    Division One

    Round of 16 Part 1 & Part 2 | Quarters | Semis | Finals

    Division One Plate

    Quarters | Semis | Finals

    Division One Consolation Plate

    Semis | Finals

    Division One Special Plate

    Semis | Finals

    Division Two

    Qualifiers | Round of 16 Part 1 & Part 2 | Quarters | Semis | Finals

    Division Two Plate

    Quarters | Semis | Finals

    Division Two Consolation Plate

    Quarters | Semis | Finals

    Division Two Special Plate

    Semis | Finals

    All-Comers Record Attempt


    Finals Day Team Lap Splits

    Division One

    Round of 16 | Division One | Plate | Consolation Plate | Special Plate

    Division Two

    Round of 16 | Division Two | Plate | Consolation Plate | Special Plate

    Finals Day Live

    Grading Time Trial Report and Results

    Southland District Council8/7/2012 - All 34 teams in Cycling Southland’s Corporate Pursuit were put through their paces at Stadium Southland velodrome yesterday in the grading time trial. 

    Southland District Council will take top seeding through to next Sunday’s after the foursome recorded 1 minute 18.030 for their four-lap journey. H&J Outdoor World claimed second with 1:18.179 with Preston Russell Law third overall on 1:19.246. 

    Other teams to qualify for next week’s top division were Fonterra, Calder Stewart Roofing, EIS Group, ILT Heineken 1, Opus, Southroads, Police, YMCA, Westpac, BNZ, WHK, SBS Bank and The Southland Times.

    Preston RussellBrett Roulston of Calder Stewart recorded the fastest individual lap of the afternoon with a blistering 16 second final lap to lift his team from 12th to fifth overall. It sets the scene for what should be a great battle for the 2012 title.

    Harrex Group heads the list in Division Two on 1:22.782 from Fulton Hogan Southland, The Radio Network, , AWS Legal, Environment Southland, Whyte’s Gravel Supplies, Finance Now, Amalgamated Builders, Ricoh, ASA Stonewood Homes, St Thomas Aquinas School, Waihopai Health Services, Harcourts, HW Richardsons, BMAC Sheetmetal, ILT Heineken 2, McIntyre Dick & Partners and PowerNet.

    For full Time Trial results click here. Every team's lap split times are also available here.

    The Corporate Pursuit Finals will start at 9:30am on Sunday. Entry is $2 per adult and kids are free.

    Time Trial Photo Gallery

    Check out all of the action from the grading time trial by clicking here. Photos courtesy of the wonderful Robyn Jordan.

    Finals Day Downloads

    Finals Day Draw - PDF (43Kb)

    Finals Day Start-List - PDF (137Kb)

    Corporate Pursuit Event Programme - PDF (660Kb)

    Full Time Trial results - PDF

    Time Trial Lap Splits - PDF

    Live Commentary Time Trial Updates

    Follow all the action right here as the 2012 Corporate Pursuit Grading Time Trial starts at 12:30pm this Sunday

    Corporate Pursuit News

    Business at speed - Corporate Pursuit returns

    Corporate rookies back for second helping

    Corporate Pursuit Links

    Muscle Fix Special Introductory Offer to 2012 Participants

    View the 2012 Corporate Pursuit Time Trial Roster here

    View the Track Session Training Schedule here

    2011 Corporate Pursuit Results

    2010 Corporate Pursuit Results

    Congratulations ESY Riders

    The Environment Southland team win a free set of Corporate Pursuit Team Kit with their "revealing" team photo entry.

    ESy Riders - Winning Harrex

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