Rid­ers in bike hub

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

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.

RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Bruce Pot­ter and daugh­ter Mor­gan Pot­ter, 15, prac­tice karate at their Alexan­dra home.

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