Women rid­ers tear up the race track

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

Wanaka rider Phoebe Young took line honours, Queen of the Moun­tain and the over­all ti­tle for the U15 grade at the Tour de Femme le Cromwell cy­cle race on the weekend.

Or­gan­ised by the South­ern Lakes Mul­ti­sport Club the event was held on the sunny and pic­turesque Ard­gour loop in full au­tumn sun­shine.

Forty-two women from across the lower South Is­land par­tic­i­pated in events four grades with rac­ing dis­tances rang­ing 20 kilo­me­tres to 100km.

Race di­rec­tor Gavin Ma­son said the pur­pose of the event was to pro­vide a plat­form for women to en­gage in cy­cling in a like minded, fun and en­joy­able en­vi­ron­ment.

Com­pet­ing in the un­der-15s Young, a Mount As­pir­ing Col­lege pupil, put in a strong per­for­mance against a large con­tin­gent from Dunedin’s Columba Col­lege all con­tin­u­ing their prepa­ra­tions to­wards theNZ sec­ondary school road cy­cling champs.

The morn­ing course took com­peti­tors in one di­rec­tion around the loop while the af­ter­noon’s sec­ond and fi­nal stages headed in the op­po­site di­rec­tion and threw a hill in their way.

Or­gan­is­ers in­cluded a Queen of the moun­tain award in each of the grades en­sur­ing solid rac­ing and a top pace up the hill.

The event was a great suc­cess and Ma­son hopes it will be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture on the mul­ti­sport clubs cal­en­dar.

He hoped it would lead to a growth in the sec­ondary school and en­try level par­tic­i­pants as they break down the per­cep­tions of cy­cling and get out and have fun stay­ing ac­tive.

Ready to roll: Wanaka cy­clist Phoebe Young on her way to clean­ing up the un­der-15 sec­tion of the Tour de Femme le Cromwell, at the weekend.

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