BNZ Corporate Challenge 2020

Thanks to our generous supporters at the BNZ, we’re delighted to bring you the 6th edition of the BNZ Corporate Challenge.

It’s the Perfect Team Challenge

Ever wondered why teams that sweat together work best together? Maybe it’s the shared experience of goal setting, time spent together training outside the office, the joint celebration of sweet success or simply supporting each other to rock up on race day.

The BNZ Corporate Challenge is the perfect team challenge to do just that. The challenge of learning to ride safely and competently on the velodrome is undertaken as a team and in a fun environment. In previous editions of the BNZ Corporate Challenge we have seen the added value that this challenge brings to organisations; strengthening team-work, enhancing communications and developing a unique team dynamic as teams progress to race day.

2020 series dates

Friday 27th March – Entries Close

Saturday 2nd May – Training Starts

Saturday 20th June – Race Night

Entries close: Training starts: Finals day:

The categories for 2020

Italian Pursuit – teams of 4 or 5; four riders in each race completing one lap (250m) each.

  1. Italian Pursuit Men’s
  2. Italian Pursuit Mixed
  3. A women’s category will be added subject to a minimum of four teams entered

Cambridge Pursuit – teams of 3 or 4; three riders in each race completing two laps (500m) each.

  1. Cambridge Pursuit Men’s
  2. Cambridge Pursuit Mixed
  3. A women’s category will be added subject to a minimum of four teams entered

 

Event Composition and Training

ITALIAN PURSUIT

Entry Form Italian Pursuit 2020

Best suited to riders who have never ridden the track before or don’t regularly ride on the velodrome.

An Italian Pursuit is a 1km team race where each team drops a rider at the completion of each lap until only one rider per team is left to race in the final lap. The winner is the team with the fastest time.

This provides the opportunity for novices to ride anywhere from 1 to 4 laps with their team, depending on the start order and your Avantidrome Coach will guide you through this process and the necessary skills to participate. It really is a race anyone can do.

Avantidrome bikes and helmets are included in the entry fee and riders are encouraged to make use of these.

The minimum number of riders required per team is four. This year we will run up to three categories* in the Italian Pursuit;

  1. Italian Pursuit Mixed (1km)Each team is composed of four or five members, both female and male; four riders will be engaged in the race. Riders may be substituted to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate on race day. Each team must comprise of at least one woman. Each race must also have one woman in the racing team on race day.
  2. Italian Pursuit Men’s (1km)Each team is composed of four or five members; four riders will be engaged in the race. Riders may be substituted to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate on race day.
  3. Italian Pursuit Women’s (1km)*Each team is composed of four or five members; four riders will be engaged in the race. Riders may be substituted to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate on race day. *Subject to a minimum of four teams entered.

 

CAMBRIDGE PURSUIT (1.5km)

Entry Form Cambridge Pursuit 2020

This is a great event for riders that have raced the Italian Pursuit in previous editions of the BNZ Corporate Challenge or for those looking to take on a greater challenge.

Essentially it’s a team sprint with a bit of endurance in that each rider has to do 2 laps (500m). Each team drops a rider at the completion of every second lap until only one rider per team is left to race in the final 2 laps. The winner is the team with the fastest time.

This year we will run up to three categories* in the Cambridge Pursuit;

  1. Cambridge Pursuit Mixed (1.5km)Each team is composed of four members, both male and female; three riders will be engaged in the race. Riders may be substituted to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate on race day. Each team must comprise of at least one female.
    Each race must also have a woman in the racing team.
  2. Cambridge Pursuit Men’s (1.5km)Each team is composed of four members with three riders engaging in the races. Riders may be substituted to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate on race day.
  3. Cambridge Pursuit Women’s (1.5km)Each team is composed of four members with three riders engaging in the races. Riders may be substituted to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate on race day.
    *Subject to a minimum of four teams entered.

Equipment and Gearing Reminder

If you have your own bike you are welcome to use it for training and race day. The bike must have standard spoked wheels (no disc or 5 spoke wheels) and gearing no bigger than 7.0 meters (we can give you advice on the correct chain rings and sprockets to use if required). Avantidrome bikes and helmets are included in the entry fee and riders are encouraged to make use of these.

Eligible Riders

Each team member must be employed by (or be a member of) the company or organisation that they are representing. As such they should be able to show proof of employment (or membership) on request. Celebrity/guest riders/anyone who has competed at an elite track level in the past 12 months are not permitted.

 

Awards

The awards ceremony will be at the conclusion of racing on race day. All team members in the top three teams in each division will receive medals. A trophy will be awarded to the top team in the Mixed Italian Pursuit and Cambridge Pursuit Open.

Team Supporters

Spectators are encouraged to dress in their team’s corporate colours to support their teams on race day. There is no charge for spectators but they are welcome to make a gold coin donation to support the Avantidrome’s Community programmes.

Corporate Branding

Each corporate team is invited to display a free standing company banner in their pit area in the infield on race day.

Team Entry Costs

$1000.00 per team.

This will include 7 weeks of training with an Avantidrome accredited coach, and entry to the 2020 Final of the BNZ Corporate Challenge. The fee must be paid in full before the 2nd of May 2020.

To Enter

To enter the 2020 BNZ Corporate Challenge Event please complete the appropriate entry form attached above and return to corporatechallenge@avantidrome.nz by 5pm Friday 27th March 2020. Please make sure you have ranked your preferred training days and time.