7 May 2011

National cycle centre process frustrates bidder

1:49 pm on 7 May 2011

One of three regions bidding to develop a national cycling centre says it's rapidly losing faith in the integrity of the process.

Waikato-Bay of Plenty was due on Friday to have been announced as the winner, beating Manawatu and Auckland.

The decision was instead put off until September because the preferred bidder can not confirm it can fully fund the project.

Sport and Recreation New Zealand has put Manawatu and Auckland on standby in the meantime.

Bike Manawatu chairperson Paul van Velthooven says his region is left in limbo while the Waikato bid is given extra time to "get their ducks in a row".

"We're rapidly losing faith in the integrity of the process," he says.

The Government will invest $7 million in the centre which is planned to be built in Cambridge in about two years time.