Mikayla Har­vey off to ride bike in Qatar

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - MAR­JORIE COOK

While most Wanaka year-13 stu­dents are knuck­ling down to their ex­ams, Mikayla Har­vey is rid­ing her bike and plan­ning some in­ter­na­tional travel.

The 18-year-old Mount As­pir­ing Col­lege stu­dent is one of the school’s grow­ing group of elite ath­letes who rep­re­sent New Zealand at world cham­pi­onship level.

Har­vey and her par­ents Pa­trick and Tammy are off to Doha, Qatar this month for Har­vey’s sec­ond hit out at the ju­nior world road cycling cham­pi­onships.

She first raced at world cham­pi­onships last year and is preparing for the un­der-19 di­vi­sion in Doha by rid­ing the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Tour in Can­berra with the Black Magic Women’s un­der-23 team this week­end.

Auck­land un­der-19 cy­clist Maddy Park is also in the Black Magic team and go­ing to Doha.

The Black Magic team in Aus­tralia also in­cludes un­der-23 women Michaela Kerr of Nel­son, Ione John­son of Welling­ton and Grace An­der­son of Auck­land.

Har­vey will then spent 10 days train­ing in Sydney be­fore join­ing Park and ju­nior men James Fouche, Robert Stan­nard and Camp­bell Ste­wart, in Qatar.

Har­vey was un­placed in her first world cham­pi­onships ex­pe­ri­ence in the United States last year and hopes she and Park will per­form more com­pet­i­tively this time in the 13.7km time trial (Oc­to­ber 9) and 77km road race (Oc­to­ber 14).

‘‘Ev­ery­one is there to win. So you have to have an al­liance. But both of us want to do as well as we can, so we will not be sac­ri­fic­ing our race for each other,’’ Har­vey said.

Har­vey had a frus­trat­ing ‘‘bump’’ in her build up three weeks ago, crash­ing in an Aus­tralian race and suf­fer­ing mild con­cus­sion.

‘‘I went down pretty hard. I was knocked out for about a minute . . . But it can hap­pen to any­one. Hope­fully, I will get through it. I am not go­ing to be as pre­pared as I would have been, go­ing into it. But I have to put it to one side and do the best I can,’’ she said.

Har­vey said it was in­spir­ing to be at a school with other high achiev­ing ath­letes, in­clud­ing swim­mer Hamish McLean, who is rac­ing this week at the Rio Par­a­lympics.

‘‘I think it is just the peo­ple who come to Wanaka. A lot of peo­ple come here for the life­style,’’ she said.

MAR­JORIE COOK

Wanaka cy­clist Mikayla Har­vey, in her NZ road rac­ing kit.

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