South­ern cy­clists’ hard work pays off

The Southland Times - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

The ben­e­fits of an in­ten­sive week of train­ing and de­vel­op­ment were vis­i­ble at the Cy­cling South­land Mid-Win­ter Track Car­ni­val held in In­ver­cargill last week.

More than 30 track cy­clists from around the South Is­land took part in a de­vel­op­ment camp, run by Cy­cling New Zealand re­gional per­for­mance hub coach Sid Cum­ming and hosted at the SIT Velo­drome.

Cum­ming said it was the first time South Is­land rid­ers had the op­por­tu­nity to take part in a school hol­i­day de­vel­op­ment camp with the aim to iden­tify skills and tech­niques that could be im­proved.

Ses­sions fo­cused on track craft and rac­ing tech­niques, as well as sem­i­nars on nu­tri­tion, strength and con­di­tion­ing, first aid and team build­ing.

The goal was to bring tal­ented young cy­clists to­gether and chal- lenge them in a new en­vi­ron­ment to help pre­pare them for up­com­ing cam­paigns.

‘‘It was a great camp with some ex­cel­lent in­put from other coaches from Marl­bor­ough and Can­ter­bury, which helps ev­ery­body’s de­vel­op­ment from both a coach­ing and rid­ing per­spec­tive,’’ he said.

Cy­cling South­land took ad­van­tage of the rid­ers be­ing in In­ver­cargill and hosted a suc­cess­ful two-day mid­win­ter car­ni­val, with more than 80 rid­ers tak­ing part.

Gen­eral man­ager Mark Hot­ton said it was the first mid­win­ter race event the or­gan­i­sa­tion had hosted for about five years and ,al­though be­ing out of sea­son, there was grow­ing de­mand for rac­ing from younger rid­ers and it made sense to host a car­ni­val while the de­vel­op­ment rid­ers were in town.

‘‘In South­land, there’s a strong bunch of young rid­ers com­ing through so it’s great to be able to pro­vide some solid rac­ing for them,’’ Hot­ton said.

Cum­ming was pleased to see the rid­ers putting in to prac­tise the things they had been taught, with qual­ity rac­ing on dis­play, de­spite the vig­or­ous ses­sions they had been put through.

De­spite suf­fer­ing from ill­ness in the pre­vi­ous week, ris­ing star Corbin Strong showed he was peak­ing well to­wards the ju­nior world track cham­pi­onships in Italy next month.

Strong won sev­eral events, in­clud­ing the 1500m wheel race and elite elim­i­na­tion fi­nal and teamed up with promis­ing un­der15 rider Mor­gan Bor­rie in the madi­son to also take that ti­tle.

South­land rider Ni­cole Shields, who will also ride for New Zealand in Italy, showed her strength by com­pet­ing well in the elite men’s di­vi­sion.

An­other strong per­for­mance was turned in by un­der-13 rider Mar­shall Er­wood, and Rhylee Akeroyd re­stated her claim as one of the best un­der-15 rid­ers in the coun­try with some strong rides through­out the two-day event.

Conor Shear­ing showed the ben­e­fit of at­tend­ing the de­vel­op­ment camp by dom­i­nat­ing the un­der-17 di­vi­sion.

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Joshua Hag­gerty on his way to win­ning the first of the elite and un­der-U19 men’s keirin races dur­ing the Cy­cling South­land mid­win­ter car­ni­val at the SIT Velo­drome in In­ver­cargill last week.

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