Riders in bike hub
Wanaka’s Phoebe Young and Queenstown’s Sam Robbie are among 13 mountain bikers selected for the new Mountain Bike National Performance Hub in Rotorua.
The hub was announced in October and is one of a potential eight hubs underpinning Cycling New Zealand’s strategy to feed talented riders into the national high performance programme.
Hub coach Sam Thompson said the group will meet regularly in Rotorua to train. Further riders will be added later.
Young, 16, said her goal was to be selected for the UCI World Cup cross country races in Cairns next year.
‘‘It is awesome. It is just an amazing opportunity. I feel really, really privileged,’’ she said.
Her immediate training programme goals are to improve her technique, power and strength.
She has given away triathlon, in which she also showed promise.
‘‘I decided it was time to pick and choose, and decided to go for mountain biking. No more hours at the pool, which is a bit sad but I kind of like the sleep-ins,’’ she said.
The Mountain Bike National Championship returns to Cardrona Alpine Resort from February 25-27, 2017.
Bruce Potter and daughter Morgan Potter, 15, practice karate at their Alexandra home.