Junior Tour of Southland 2013

Photo finish in the U19 girls race!
Photo finish in the U19 girls race!

I was super impressed when I saw this took place, let alone on my doorstep! I am not sure if it exists in the UK, a full blown tour! with the full complement of jerseys to boot! designed for 13-19 year olds. It’s brilliant that New Zealand do so much to encourage youngsters into sport.

We went to watch the criterium stage, 5 of 6, looped laps of one the city centre high streets. I wish those opportunities were available when I was a child. It was such a relaxed atmosphere, no barriers, no Police, the usual laid back Southland, much by contrast to how the UK would carry it out!

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