Cyclist dominates her age group
Maddi Douglas dominated her under 17 age group at the Cycling New Zealand Schools National Road Championships at Loburn, North Canterbury.
The Cambridge High School student, who rides out of Te Awamutu Sports Club, won the road race in a sprint finish ahead of Megan Spring (Waikato Diocesan) and Henrietta Christie (Lincoln High) who posted the same time as the winner.
Douglas repeated her effort a day later by claiming victory in her age group’s points race.
It is the third consecutive year that she has been to the fore at national schools championships.
Last year she claimed the U16 girls’ road race silver medal and won the points race after winning both the U15 road race and points race gold medals in 2015.
The 51st edition of the event attracted 601 riders from 100 schools for the threeday competition with the team time trial, road race on Sunday and points race on Monday. This was the first time the event has been staged in the South Island.
A large contingent of Te Awamutu Sports Club members did their respective schools proud, scooping eight gold, three silver and 12 bronze medals overall.
The ability of the riders was tested early on with crashes around 7km into the 17.3km in all four Under 13 and Under 14 races.
The wind also played its part in producing some surprising results, with some age group’s catching the race ahead, and most races ending in a bunch sprint for the line up the 700m home stretch.
The under 13 boys’ road race resulted in an all Cambridge podium, Frankie Wright (St Peter’s) winning from Kane Foster (St Peter’s) and Jack Whittall (Cambridge Middle School) who recorded the same time as the winner.
Maui Morrison (Cambridge High) won the U14 boys’ race with Hamish Banks (St Peter’s) third at two seconds.
Prudence Fowler (Waikato Diocesan) claimed the silver medal in the U16 girls’ road race, recording the same time as the winner Charlotte Spurway (Rangi Ruru).
Jack Carswell (St Peter’s) finished third at 12 seconds in the Under 16 boys’ race won by Ryan MacLeod (Papanui).
Last year’s U17 girls’ winner McKenzie Milne (Waikato Diocesan) finished third, 12 seconds back in the U20 girls’ race won by Abigail Morton (Baradene).
The points race was held at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Christchurch.
Under 20 girls’ road champion Abigail Morton (Baradene) backed up her winning ways by taking the U20 girls’ points race gold medal ahead of the Waikato Diocesan pairing of McKenzie Milne and Eva Parkinson.
Xander White of Cambridge High took the honours in the U20 boys’ points race, outsprinting Palmerston North Boys High riders Madi Hartley-Brown and Dylan Simpson, who were all part of a five man breakaway that formed a third of the way into the 12 lap race.
Winners of the U17 and U14 girls’ road races, Maddi Douglas and Ruby Spring (Saint Kentigern) repeated their efforts by claiming victory in the points races. They join Abigail Morton in the trio of riders to have won both individual national titles up for grabs.
Prudence Fowler added gold to her silver in the road race by winning the U16 girls’ points race.
Hamish Banks (St Peter’s) won all three sprints to convincingly take the U14 boys’ points race title.
Kane Foster (St Peter’s) and McKenzie Barnett (Cambridge) claimed bronze in the U13 boys’ and girls’ points races respectively.
The boys’ and girls’ Year 7 and Year 8 team time trial was won by St Peter’s (Cambridge) and Cambridge Middle School respectively.
Waikato Diocesan won bronze in the U20 girls’ team time trial.
Maddi Douglas gives the thumbs up after winning the national schools Under 17 girls’ road race in North Canterbury.
Xander White enroute to winning the national schools Under 20 boys’ points race.