This report is just in from Manawatu Standard, via online Stuff:
BREAKING NEWS: Palmerston North has been short-listed as one of three possible locations for the New Zealand Cycling Centre of Excellence.
The other two still in the running from an original field of seven are Auckland and Waikato-Bay of Plenty.
Mayor Jono Naylor said he was delighted but not surprised that Palmerston North’s bid had made it through the first round.
Sport and Recreation New Zealand (Sparc) chief executive Peter Miskimmin said the evaluation team would visit each of the sites and hear presentations before a final decision is announced in May.
The four bidders that missed out were Wanganui, Taupo, Hawke’s Bay and Christchurch.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that a mystery donor had given a $1 million boost to Palmerston North’s bid.
Palmerston North’s proposal, submitted to Sparc last month, is for a $24.3m facility, including an international-standard covered velodrome, with courts in the centre of the track, BMX and mountain-biking tracks.
Palmerston North City Council has identified up to $8.1m over two years that could be used to support the project, and Massey University has pledged $3m.
Sparc would contribute $7 million towards the facility.
The centre would also be the base for Sport Manawatu, BikeNZ, other regional sports codes and specialist sports medicine practitioners.