Award adds to achievements
The title of South Waikato sportsperson of the year has capped off a great season for Mike Northcott.
The mountain biker received the award at the Mighty River Power South Waikato Sports Awards on Wednesday.
In 2010 Northcott won two national titles and competed in two world championships. He also recorded podium finishes at the Oceania championships and two prestigious races in Canada.
Those races in Canada were part of Northcott’s preparation for the world mountain biking championships there.
Northcott spent a month in North America preparing for the worlds and on a technical circuit managed 60th.
The timing of the world championships make it tough for Northcott as they run in the New Zealand off season. The day after the awards Northcott met the South Waikato News at Cougar Park mountain bike track. Northcott has been a driving force behind the track’s development and having such a facility close to his Tokoroa home was a reason for his success he said.
‘‘It’s really good, I can come in here and do a quick, short, sharp, hard effort.’’
In fact the evening of the sports awards Northcott ducked out to the track beforehand to train for a ‘‘ hard session of absolutely hurting myself, that was really good’’.
Northcott trains for between 10 and 20 hours a week.
A lot of his base training is done on the roads and he can often be found riding with the Forestland Wheelers club.
RIDING TALL: Mike Northcott is the 2010 sportsperson of the year.