Tak­ing on the big guns

Youth­ful cy­clist rac­ing in un­der-17 cat­e­gory

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

Phoebe Young, 14, is rac­ing in the MTBNZ na­tional cup cross coun­try race at Cardrona on Satur­day. putting in the hard yards. She spent at least five hours do­ing laps around the four-kilo­me­tre cross coun­try course when it opened last week and has been up sev­eral more times to pre­pare.

She es­ti­mated each lap takes about 15 min­utes to com­plete, but was not sure that hav­ing the inside run­ning would nec­es­sar­ily work in her favour.

Although she en­joys the Cardrona course, she prefers the lower al­ti­tude of the North Is­land cour­ses where she won last year’s medals.

A typ­i­cal train­ing week dur­ing term time sees Young com­plet­ing 10 hours of swimming, bik­ing, run­ning, and core strength ex­er­cises.

Over the hol­i­days, she has lifted her weekly train­ing tally to around 12 to 13 hours a week - for ex­am­ple, in the week of Christ­mas, as well as com­pet­ing in the Lake Hayes triathlon, she swam 5.7km, biked 82km, ran over 9km and spent 90 min­utes do­ing yoga.

Oliver, a Bike Wanaka com­mit­tee mem­ber, says the lo­cal club won the right to hold the na­tional cup on the strength of its age group moun­tain­bik­ers, many of whom won podium places at last year’s na­tion­als.

Wanaka ath­letes to watch in­clude Paul Wright, Nick Toepfer, Alex Young, Matthew Prince, Oliver Prince, Julius Staufen­burg, Wil­fred Spear­ing (un­der-17) and Janus Staufen­burg (un­der-15).

The Cardrona event is the first in four lead­ing to the MTBNZ’s na­tional cham­pi­onships at Ro­torua, Fe­bru­ary 14-15. Up­per Clutha vol­un­teer fire brigades were suf­fer­ing from ‘‘split per­son­al­i­ties’’ on Mon­day as they re­sponded to ru­ral grass fires.

For about half an hour on Mon­day af­ter­noon, fire en­gines were rush­ing in all di­rec­tions through Wanaka.

For­tu­nately, the call­outs were for fires that could be ex­tin­guished quickly and there­fore could be termed ‘‘mi­nor’’.

But Lug­gate and Wanaka fire chiefs Rod An­der­son and Bruno Gal­loway are wor­ried.

There is a dis­trict-wide to­tal fire ban and Gal­loway wants peo­ple to re­port any smoke sight­ings im­me­di­ately so brigades can deal with them.

An­der­son said this in­cludes re­port­ing camp­fires in river beds. The Lug­gate bri­gade put out two camp­fires at the week­end, much to the dis­ap­point­ment of campers.

mar­jorie.cook @fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

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