Cyclist queen of the road
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.