Next stop for Jack, Cy­cle Chal­lenge

Taupo Times - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - STEPH RANGI

Jack Ed­wards’ love for cycling only started four years ago and he has been rac­ing away from the field ever since.

At the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber, Jack [15] took out the un­der-17 boys’ field of the Te Awa­matu open, win­ning with a solo break away, by one minute and 24 sec­onds.

Just days ear­lier, he placed third in the un­der-17 boys’ points race at the 2017 Se­condary School Na­tion­als at the Mans­field Mo­tor­sport Park. But that’s not all. Last week­end, Jack also took part in the Arc Ad­ven­ture Rac­ing Coro­man­del K1 race where he cy­cled from Thames to Whi­tianga. In a field of 400 rid­ers, Jack came home third over­all and sec­ond in his age group.

‘‘That was quite a good feel­ing,’’ he said. ’’There’s quite a few top rid­ers in that race, most of them have won ti­tles.’’

The Taupo¯-Nui-a-Tia stu­dent started four years ago af­ter his sis­ter took up the sport.

‘‘She started rid­ing com­pet­i­tively and Jack would come along to all the races,’’ Jack’s mum Tina said. ‘‘He thought there was no point sit­ting on the side­lines and so got into it.’’

Since then, Jack’s life has been non-stop with race meets and train­ing which starts on a Tues­day and ends on the week­end.

‘‘Mon­day is nor­mally my day off. Tues­day is rac­ing at the Mo­tor­sport track with the club, Wed­nes­day is a track ses­sion at the velo­drome, Thurs­day is nor­mally a re­cov­ery ride, and Fri­day just de­pends on what rac­ing is on in the week­end,’’ he said.

Satur­day and Sun­day is ei­ther race days or train­ing days that are a lit­tle bit longer.’’

Jack said he does eighthour weeks on his bi­cy­cle a to­tal of 200 kilo­me­tres in train­ing.

The next event Jack is go­ing to tackle is The Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge .

ROBERT STEVEN/STUFF

Jack Ed­wards (front right) is tick­ing cycling com­pe­ti­tions off one by one.

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