One Pro Cycling to feature five new faces at season opening New Zealand Cycle Classic

Five riders will make their debuts for One Pro Cycling at the New Zealand Cycle Classic, with three riders set to race on home soil

Former British champion Kristian House will make his debut for One Pro Cycling at the New Zealand Cycle Classic (January 20-24), as the new UCI Pro Continental team gives rides to five new faces.

Kiwi trio Dion Smith, James Oram and Hayden McCormack, who all joined the team in the offseason, will race on home soil in Wairarapa – on New Zealand’s north island. Joshua Hunt is the only member of the six-man squad who was with the team in 2015.

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One were handed a Pro Continental licence in November after a standout first season as a Continental team in British domestic races.

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“We want to kick start our season with a strong performance so we’ll be aiming for a stage win whilst in New Zealand,” said One’s sports director, Matt Winston. “Having the three young kiwi riders in the team is a big bonus, we plan to give all three of them an opportunity to start on their home turf.

“It’s important at ONE Pro Cycling that we continue to develop our riders and there’s no better place than taking part in an international race in your home country. So barring illness or injury all three will be there and hungry for a good result.”

The One riders will get used to life on the road pretty quickly in 2016, with a place in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (February 1) and the Dubai Tour (February 4-7).