Cy­clist dom­i­nates her age group

Waipa Post - - Dial An Expert - BY COLIN THORSEN

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.

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