Family cycle team on track for champs
Forget about who is washing the dishes in the Sardelich household this week. This family is on a mission.
With mum Rachael and her two daughters Nina, 15, and Aimee, 12, there won’t be anytime for menial tasks as they compete in the Vantage Windows and Doors Age Group Track National Championships in Cambridge this week.
All three have been selected to represent the Waikato and will be competing at the Avantidrome from March 15 to 19.
With the girls competing on the track, the man of the house, Glenn, is in charge of logistics and works as the team mechanic, keeping his girls’ wheels spinning.
Rachael and Glenn were both keen road cyclists but were prompted to turn to track after hearing news a velodrome would be built in Cambridge.
Rachael Sardelich was immediately hooked on track cycling after her first attempt and has competed ever since.
The enthusiasm for cycling has rubbed off on the couple’s daughters who from early ages have been involved in the sport.
Nina started cycling through Hautapu School’s Have a Go programme and like her mother became hooked.
‘‘I used to dance, but gave it away in favour of cycling,’’ Nina said.
More competition as a part of the Cambridge High School cycling team made her appreciate the benefits and the competitiveness of the sport.
‘‘Track cycling is not just all about going around the track fast. I enjoy the tactics involved,’’ said Nina.
Sister Aimee was originally a swimmer and eventually started track cycling.
The Sardelichs are looking to add to the family medal table this week. They have a special cycling frame where they hang their sports medals.
The Age Group National Championships is New Zealand’s premier track cycling event for riders from under 15s through to Masters.
Nina will be competing in the under 17s and Aimee in the under 15s. Rachael will contest the Masters division.
The 2017 event will also include the elite and under 19 Omnium Championships.
The sport is highly competitive and hugely entertaining, and because events are raced in a velodrome, track is arguably the best type of cycling for spectators.