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Schools Road Cycling Championships attract record numbers

By Cycling New Zealand

A record 900 riders competed at the North Island and South Island Schools Road Championships in Karapiro and Christchurch over the weekend.

The North Island Schools Road Championships were held at the Mighty River Power Domain at Lake Karapiro with the team time trial and road races taking place on Saturday and the Criterium on Sunday.
The weather held off on Saturday morning for some great racing with Epsom Girls Grammar taking home the U16 and U20 team time trials and Hamilton Boys High taking home the U20 title for the boys team time trial.

The road races featured a number of sprint finishes for the girls with Takapuna Grammar’s Renee Young edging out Waikato Diocesan’s Eva Parkinson in the U17 race; Palmerston North Girls High’s Libby Arbuckle outsprinted Baradene’s Jenna Merrick in the U20 race, and Saint Kentigern’s Sophie De Vries got ahead of Bee Townsend in the U14 race. Kaitaia Intermediate showed their presence with Tyla-Mia Foster winning the U13 race and Prue Fowler brought the U15 title home for Diocesan School.

In the boys races, Madi Hartley-Brown of Palmerston North Boys High snuck ahead of Massey High’s James Krzanich to win the U20 race, Oliver Grave of Auckland Grammar won the U16 race, and Cameron Manley of Saint Kentigern won the group sprint in the U17 race.

On Sunday the weather was touch and go, threatening the fast-paced Criterium races but all races went off without too much trouble and proved for some exciting spectator racing. In the U20 Boys race Dalton Hiley of Auckland Grammar and Jack McLaughlin of Cambridge High took a substantial lead with Dalton taking the win in a sprint finish.

The South Island Schools Road Championships were held at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna, Christchurch with individual and team time trial on Saturday and the road races on Sunday.

This year the new gearing regulations for time trials have set the benchmark for future records in the U17 and U20 age groups who rode considerably faster than under previous gearing rules.

The Christchurch Boys High’s Pithie brothers impressed with Campbell recording the fastest time of 4m15.22s in the U20 race with younger brother Laurence getting the second fastest time at 4m19.82s in the U16 race.

The growth of numbers and performances in the girls’ races was also impressive with the fastest time going to Annamarie Lipp of Catholic Cathedral College in 4m51.25s in the U20 race. In the road race Lipp worked with Emma Smith of Villa Maria College before battling it out on the home straight. Smith managed to reverse the results from day one in taking the gold and Lipp the silver.

The Pithie domination continued with solo rides by both Laurence in the U16 and Campbell in the U20 race. Both boys had the benefit of excellent teamwork with Christchurch Boys High teammates controlling the racing bunches.

Christchurch Girls High dominated the team time trials winning titles in the U16 and U20 races while Christchurch Boys High also secured the U16 and U20 races. Interestingly the U14 boys race was won by Hargest College with two boys and two girls in their team.

The Christchurch Boys High teamwork was a common thread throughout, earning the Hayden Godfrey Challenge Cup for the team points competition with nearly double the points of second placed James Hargest College. The development of junior riding was evident with Bohally Intermediate getting equal third with Rangi Ruru Girls School in the Team Points Competition which was impressive given they are only able to compete in two age groups.

Results:

North Island Schools Road Championships
For the Team Time Trial results click here
For the Road Race results click here
For the Criterium results click here
South Island Schools Road Championships
For the Individual Time Trial results click here
For the Team Time Trial results click here
For the Road Race results click here
For more information: www.schoolscycling.nz

For further information contact:
Jodi Kitchen
Cycling New Zealand
Tel 021 531339
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