Ashhurst biking teen Bahamas bound
An Ashhurst teen is bound for the Bahamas to compete against some of the best young cyclists in the world.
Dylan Simpson, 16, says he’s excited to be headed to the Caribbean for the Youth Commonweath Games in July, and is doing his best to prepare for the high temperatures.
‘‘I’m sort of used to Palmy weather, but I’m expecting 31 degrees and humid, and the indoor velodrome is hotter.
‘‘We’re going to do some indoor sessions with the heat on.’’
He has been cycling since he was in primary school, when he followed his older brother’s lead into the sport.
‘‘I’ll be doing a time trial, that’s nine kilometres, and road race, which is 65km.
‘‘The distances are a bit shorter than usual, which will mean the racing’s harder and faster, which I’m looking forward to.
‘‘It’ll be my first international race outside Australasia. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the different types of riders from around the place ride.’’
Selection for the games was made based on times at past events.
Last year, Simpson, who goes to Palmerston North Boys’ High and rides for their school team as well as the BikeBox Rental Manawatu team, won gold in the u17 boys’ Scratch Race.
He was also part of the West Coast North Island u17 pursuit team that placed second at the age group Track National Championships.
At the age group Road National Championships, he took the u17 gold, and was part of the winning u20 boys’ time trial team at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Road Cycling Championships.
He also won the 2016 West Coast North Island Championships u17 road race and individual time trial.
In May this year he claimed bronze at the u19 boys’ age group Road National Championships.
‘‘The last year’s been pretty good, I’ve been pretty happy and results I’ve had have been better than expected,’’ he said.
Racing gives him something to focus on, and work toward.
‘‘On a descent, you can get to speeds anywhere from 80 to 85km an hour. It’s exciting.
‘‘I just enjoy how hard it is and knowing that everyone else is hurting and how much reward you get out of working hard.’’
Dylan Simpson’s cycling success last year is about to take him to the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas.