Award adds to achieve­ments

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By MATHEW GROCOTT

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.

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