Holly is riding high
When it comes to bike riding, Holly White is a selfconfessed late bloomer.
The St Cuthbert’s College student learnt to ride a bike when she was 11.
Now at 16 she is a world cycling champion.
‘‘I always had a bike when I was younger, but it had training wheels and that never really inspired me to ride,’’ White says.
But after not being able to compete in a triathlon, she felt ‘‘humiliated’’ at her lack of skill and dedicated the summer to learning before starting at St Cuthbert’s.
When she arrived in year 7 the college’s cycling team was recruiting members and she decided to give it a go.
‘‘I just fell in love with it,’’ she says.
White has just returned from the Junior World Track Cycling Championships in South Korea, where she received a bronze medal in the 4000 metre team pursuit and was ranked eighth in the individual pursuit.
This tops off a fantastic year for the Greenlane resident, who has won one Oceania title, three Auckland titles and one national title.
In June she was selected for the Pathway to Podium programme, which identifies her as a contender for the 2020 or 2024 Olympics.
White is training on her bike for 11⁄ hours every morning and also has an erg session at the end of the school day with coach Simon Finnel.
She was also chosen to attend BikeNZ training camps at the Avantidrome in Cambridge.
Cycling natural: Holly White was a late bloomer on the bike, only learning to ride when she was 11.
Proud moment: Holly White with the bronze medal she won at the Junior World Track Cycling Championships in South Korea.