Cy­clist queen of the road

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Pu­taruru golden girl Amanda Rowe is carv­ing out a name for her­self in track cy­cling.

The 16-year-old has re­cently come out on top claim­ing seven gold medals at a re­cent track cy­cling com­pe­ti­tion in the U- 17 age group com­pe­ti­tion.

Amanda has qual­i­fied to com­pete at the na­tional cy­cling cham­pi­onship in In­ver­cargill in two weeks’ time. The hum­ble teen said her achieve­ments are due to her sup­port net­work and of course, the good South Waikato roads.

‘‘My fam­ily have been a great sup­port and my coach David Bow­den and his wife have helped me not only on the track but off it. It’s a team ef­fort.’’

Amanda, who at­tends St Peters Col­lege in Cam­bridge has to catch the bus at 7am. How­ever, this young track queen is up at 5.30am rid­ing the Pu­taruru coun­try roads in pur­suit of her dreams.

‘‘Most of my train­ing is done on the road; it’s part of what I have to do to make sure I am ready for races.

‘‘I am ex­cited about the velo­drome be­ing made in Cam­bridge. It means costs for flights to use the velo­drome in In­ver­cargill will be no more and those who do the sport in the North Is­land won’t have far to travel.’’

This young teen uses a bit of Kiwi in­ge­nu­ity in her train­ing.

‘‘I have a tyre out in the pad­dock that I flip for strength train­ing. I time my train­ings as well and send them to my coach who then sends me my next train­ing sched­ule. There is so much sci­ence that goes into my train­ing to make sure I peak at the right times.’’

Amanda’s mother Wendy is proud of her daugh­ter’s ac­com­plish­ments.

‘‘It is an awe­some achieve­ment. She has gone out and done the hard yards.

‘‘ Her success boils down to her hard work and that is what’s got her to where she is to­day,’’ Mrs Rowe said.

GOLDEN GIRL: Pu­taruru’s Amanda Rowe cy­cles to success.

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