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Cycling New Zealand flys through BC
July 17, 2017

With nine professional races over 10 days, BC Superweek attracts some of the top pro-cyclists from across North America, and the world.

Photo: National Women’s Team, New Zealand Cycling

For the first time in race history, the New Zealand national road track endurance team joined in on the action. Lodging at Fortius for the duration of the competition, we had the opportunity to sit down with a couple of the coaches to learn more about their journey.

While you can usually find them training in Europe, Cycling New Zealand decided to change their plans this year.

“The draw was really 10 days of hard racing against some of the top teams,” shared Jono Hailstone, Cycling New Zealand coach. “BC offers shorter, harder races compared to the longer races we see in Europe.”

Logistically, the trip to Canada made sense for the team.

 “It reminds us of New Zealand,” laughed Coach Matt Shallcrass. “But really, the people are so friendly and welcoming, and we really love the city.”

Traveling from across the world, Cycling New Zealand was looking for accommodations that would allow them to minimize travel and maximize their training.

“To have everything all in one space is really critical,” shared Shallcrass.

“It’s a much different atmosphere than a hotel. We see athletes all around us and it provides a really good energy.”

Photo cred: Poco Grand Prix – Men’s Podium, Cam Stewart, Cycling New Zealand earns 1st place

There was no shortage of energy on the road either. The men’s team took home 1st at both the Giro di Burnaby and Poco Grand Prix, and 3rd at the New West Grand Prix. The women’s team also took a 1st and 3rd at the Tour de Delta, and another 3rd at the Poco Grand Prix.

When asked if they would come back for BC Superweek next year, the answer was unanimous.

“We will be back.”

Train here, stay here

The Fortius Lodge is a three-story, 50-room hotel located at Fortius Sport & Health. With complimentary access to our 15,000 sq. ft. performance fitness centre, free parking and wifi, and only a 20-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver, Fortius offers the perfect accommodation for teams and athletes looking to train, stay, fuel and recover under one roof.

Visit our website to learn more about the Fortius Lodge or to book your future Training Camp or overnight stay.