So I know I described Stage 7 as the last stage, and in reality it was, but we did follow up with a final criterium race around Parliament back in Wellington the following day. It didn’t count for much – except personal glory – but it brought together all of the North Island and South Island riders together in one place and allowed us to compete against each other one last time.
A criterium is raced over a circuit – usually reasonably short – over multiple laps. In this case it was a very short 600m circuit lapped 4 times. We raced in groups of about 20 or so. Many people treated this as a bit of a ceremonial. One guy raced it with a beer in hand the whole way. My team gave it a pretty good nudge and took the first 5 positions in our race.
It was a great way to end the event and awesome to see the NI riders as well.