Fam­ily cy­cle team on track for champs

Cambridge Edition - - SPORT - MIKE BAIN

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.

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