Three of New Zealand’s most successful road cyclists will feature on a Q&A Panel at the RIDE Cycling Festival’s Opening Night.

New Zealand Olympian Greg Henderson will interview George Bennett and Shane Archbold – both Tour de France racers – at the Hamilton Airport Runway Criterium, taking place on Thursday February 13th.

For the first time ever, the main runway will host one hour of cycle racing (open to all Cycling NZ licensed riders). Following racing, Bennett and Archbold will address the audience answering a series of questions on everything from what it’s really like to ride the Tour de France to their thoughts on the weekend’s Vantage Elite Road Championships, in which both will be competing for the national jersey.

Greg Henderson says, “I am pleased to be able to grill George and Shane, to share stories from our time racing together and question them about their unique progression through the world tour ranks, it will be a fun night “

George Bennett is a New Zealand professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Jumbo–Visma. He represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In 2017, he became the first New Zealander to win the general classification at a UCI World Tour cycling event, when he won the Tour of California. His team won Stage 2 of the 2019 Tour de France. Most recently, Bennett finished 8th in last month’s Tour Down Under in Australia.

Shane Archbold currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Deceuninck–Quick-Step. He competed in the men’s omnium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and won the gold medal in the men’s scratch race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, along with bronze in the men’s team pursuit.

He was named in the start list for the 2016 Tour de France. During the 2016 Tour de France Shane crashed early on in the 17th stage and broke his pelvis but he struggled on to finish the stage.

Greg Henderson is former professional track and road racing cyclist who last rode for UnitedHealthcare

Henderson rode in five Olympic Games and completed 11 Grand Tours. He also competed in four Commonwealth Games and was a four-time medallist, including winning gold in the points race in 2002. In addition to 17 New Zealand track and road titles and eight World Cup track golds, Henderson has been New Zealand Track Cyclist of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003) and Athlete of the Year, Otago, New Zealand (2001, 2002, 2003).