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Mountain Bike New Zealand held the Cross Country National Champs today, with top athletes competing in the Elite, U23 and U19 divisions.
Full results for the U19 division below:
1 - Eden Cruise - 01:12:36
2 - Jack Wilson - 01:13:34
3 - Cameron Richards - 01:15:07
4 - Taylor Johnston - 01:16:06
5 - Daniel Holt-Pedersen - 01:16:48
6 - Tristan Haycock - 01:17:30
7 - Robbie Bradshaw - 01:17:37
8 - Ben Eagle - 01:18:16
9 - James Kirkham - 01:20:49
10 - Fletcher Sharman - 01:22:20
11 - George Payne - 01:23:43
12 - Philip Knubley - 01:26:22
13 - Max Cadzow - 01:30:09
U19 Woman (3 Laps)
1 - Jessica Manchester - 01:04:15
2 - Liv Bishop - 01:12:25
Corbin Strong and Madeleine Gough each won five gold medals at the National age group cycling championships. The pair are Invercargill born and raised with the former attending Southland Boys’ High School.
The Invercargill Velodrome was New Zealand’s first indoor cycling facility and that coupled with Strong’s family background in the sport has had a profound effect on his success.
“I started cycling because I was inspired by watching my brother Andrew. He won National titles. Mum and Dad are enthusiasts as well,” Strong says.
Strong is coached by Sid Cumming another pivotal figure.
“Sid has been around for ages. He is a bit of a local legend. I owe him a lot,” Strong admits.
Strong’s major breakthrough occurred at the 2013 Nationals where he won a silver medal. That result was a catalyst to increase his training to nearly 20 hours a week.
“I was surprised by that 2013 result. It made me more determined to win gold the following year.”
Strong claimed his first National title in 2014 and added to his tally in 2015. In 2016 Strong has set firm goals and is well on track to achieve them.
“My major goal is make the New Zealand under-19 team. I am only 17, but I would love to test myself at that level,” Strong explains.
On his home track, Strong asserted that goal is well within reach. He won the individual pursuit, time trial, points race, team pursuit and team sprint titles.
The pick of the performances for Strong was the individual pursuit, where he set a national record in qualifying for the final and beat teammate Hamish Keith by a second in the decider.
In addition to his individual titles the combined Southland elite and age group teams retained the ACA Points Shield for a record ninth consecutive year. The shield is contested at the Elites and Under-19 National Track Championship and at the Age Groups.
Strong is preparing for the National Road Race championships in April with the under-19 squad named in “a couple of months.”
Strong who is a Year 13 says his favourite cyclist is local hero Eddie Dawkins who won a Commonwealth silver medal in the time trial in 2010.
Rangitoto College’s Bryony Botha has had a stellar year in the saddle. In August she was part of the New Zealand quartet that won gold and broke the world team pursuit record at the Junior World Track Cycling Championships in Kazakhstan. The Year 13 student returned home to win the NZSS Girls U20 Road Race title in Manawatu in September, after also winning the North Island title. Back in January she had made her elite international track cycling debut at the UCI World Cup in Columbia. Earlier this month she won the North Harbour Junior Sports Women of the year award.
Palmerston North cyclists Campbell Stewart and Rangi Ruru Girls Sarah Mcleod were crowned champions when the New Zealand Schools Road Championships wrapped up sunny conditions at the Manfeild Auto Course Monday.
Unlike previous years the conditions were perfect for the riders throughout the weekend.
The focus shifted to points races at the famed Feilding motor sport circuit on Monday where again the conditions were perfect the cyclists.
Campbell (Palmerston North Boys High) worked hard in the 39km boys's under-20 points race, increasing his work load for the last two sprints to dominate the race.
Stewart has dominated the boys points race for the past 4 years winning his respective age group since 2012.
"It was a really tough ride today, but the atmosphere at this year’s nationals has been amazing, It is amazing to race with so many spectators and great to see how much support is given to the cycling community here in the Manawatu" Stewart said.
The 24km under-20 girls points race was a tight affair with local Michaela Drummond and Sarah Mcleod fighting to the end.
Winning the last sprint saw Mcloud coming out on top, and the victory was a great way to end the tough weekend of racing for McLeod who recognised the competitive level of cycling at this year’s event.
"It was really tough out there today with tough racing from all the girls, but I am really happy to walk away with the win and finish on a high after a great weekend away" she said.
Auckland Grammar Boys also took out the Under 17 and under 14 points races with Aaron Wyllie winning the under 17 race with 16 points, and Kiaan Oliver Grace winning the under 14 with 12 points.
The top boys’ school trophy went to Auckland Grammar while Palmerston North Girls High took away the girls’ trophy.
For the first time there was a prize for the top junior boys and girls school. Palmerston North Intermediate won the inaugural Chris Ginders Cup and Baradene College won the Marie Laycock Cup. These cups were put in place to acknowledge the large growth in junior riders.
Under 20 Boys :
Campbell STEWART (Palmerston North Boys High School 19 points,1; Connor BROWN (Saint Kentigern College) 13 points,2; Louis BROWN (Christchurch Boys High School) 10 points,3; Carne GROUBE (Palmerston North Boys High School) 10 points,4; Regan Gough (Central Hawke's Bay) 5 points,5.
Under 20 Girls:
Sarah MCLEOD (Rangi Ruru Girls' School) 9 points,1; Michaela DRUMMOND (Palmerston North Girls High School) 9 points, 2; Olivia RAY (Diocesan School for Girls) 7 points, 3; Bryony Botha (Rangitoto College) 6 points,4; David MARTIN (Palmerston North Boys High School)5 points, 5.
Under 17 Boys: Aaron WYLLIE (Auckland Grammar School) 16 points,1; Harris FOGELBERG (Auckland Grammar School) 7 points,2; Ben HAMILTON (Auckland Grammar School) 6 points, 3; Oscar ELWORTHY (Takapuna Grammar School) 6 points,4; William YOUNG (Auckland Grammar School) 3 points, 5.
Under 17 Girls: Georgia DANFORD (St Cuthbert's College) 20 points,1; Emily SHEARMAN (Palmerston North Girls High School) 9 points, 2; Grace MASTERSON (Epsom Girls Grammar) School 6 points, 3; Libby ARBUCKLE (Palmerston North Girls High School) 3 points, 4; Chloe JENKINS (Rangi Ruru Girls' School) 2 points,5.
Under 16 Boys : George JACKSON (Rongotai College) 18 points,1; Madi HARTLEY-BROWN (Palmerston North Boys High School) 7 points,2; Burnie MCGRATH (Hamilton Boys High School) 6 points,3; Timothy NG (Hamilton Boys High School) 5 points,4; Jamie LEITCH (Strathallan College) 3 points,5.
Under 16 Girls: Jessie CLARKE (St Peter's School Cambridge) 16 points,1; Jenna MERRICK (Baradene College) 7 points,2; Katie WHITE (Waikato Diocesan School For Girls) 5 points,3; Stella CALLAGHAN (St Mary's College Akld)5 points,4; Makayla MUHUNDAN (Massey High School) 3 points,5.
Under 15 Boys : Kiaan WATTS (Hamilton Boys High School) 15 points, 1; Dylan MCCULLOGH (Saint Kentigern College) 6 points, 2; Max TAYLOR (Palmerston North Boys High School) 4 points,3; Muller WILHELM (Macleans College) 3 points,4; Callum ERSKINE (Takapuna Grammar School) 2 points,5.
Under 15 Girls: Ally WOLLASTON (St Peter's School Cambridge) 15 points, 1; McKenzie MILNE (Waikato Diocesan School For Girls)9 points, 2; Renee YOUNG (Takapuna Grammar School) 4 points, 3; Ava MORROW (Rangi Ruru Girls' School) 2 points, 4; Greer HADDOCK (Baradene College) 1 point, 5.
Under 14 Boys: Kiaan Oliver GRAVE (Auckland Grammar School) 13 points,1; Luke RANSLEY (St Peter's College Akld) 11 Points, 2; Aidan MERRICK (St Peter's College Akld) 6 points, 3; Jordan RYAN-KIDD (Auckland Grammar School) 3 Points, 4; Kyle HOSKIN (Wanganui Collegiate), 5.
Under 14 Girls: Maddi DOUGLAS (Cambridge High School) 13 points,1; Nina SARDELICH (Cambridge High School) 5 points,2; Noya OPORTO (Westlake Girls High School) 4 points,3; Kate STODDART (Villa Maria College) 3 point, 4; Charlotte HAVILL (Waikato Diocesan School For Girls) 2 points, 5.
Under 13 Boys: Adam FRANCIS (Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School) 10 points, 1; Dossor FREDDIE (Scots College) 5 points, 2; Joshua TURNBULL (St Mark's Church School Mt Victoria) 4 points, 3; Dra's CALDWELL (Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School) 2 points, 4; Hamish COLTMAN (St Peter's School Cambridge) 1 point, 5.
Under 13 Girls: Prudence FOWLER (Baradene College) 8 points, 1; Rosie O'BRIEN (Opiki School) 8 points, 2; Aimee BLACKMORE (Baradene College) 3 points, 3; Christie MCCAHILL (Baradene College) 2 points, 4; Sacha MCLEOD (Southwell School) 1 point, 5.
Rangitoto College year 13 student Hannah Gumbley is one of six cyclists preparing to take on the world next month at the UCI World Junior Road Racing Championships in the USA.
Hannah, along with New Zealand team mates Georgia Catterick (Marlborough Girls’ College), Mikayla Harvey (Mt Aspiring College), Sam Dobbs (Hamilton Boys’ High School), James Fouche (St Kent’s, Auckland) and Robert Stannard (Palmerston North Boys’ High School), leaves for Richmond, Virginia in mid-September to race against the world’s best.
Amongst the girls, Georgia is competing in both the time trial and road race events, while Hannah and Mikayla will both also be in the road race.
Hannah explained the details of the road race. “The road race is 85 km and it’s a mass start,” she said. “The circuit’s 16 km with a couple of hills included and we do it five times.”
It’s not a team event as such, but Hannah explained that the three New Zealanders will look to work together to help each other out.
“I expect some pretty tough competition from the Europeans especially. They’ll have large teams of up to eight riders so they will be able to work together, making it quite difficult.”
This is the first time that Hannah is representing New Zealand at world championship level, but she recently enjoyed success in Australia.
At the Australian National Championships on the Gold Coast in July, Hannah beat Australia’s top young riders to be crowned the Australian U19 Girls Road Race champion.
“I went over there last year and I found the racing pretty tough and a step up from New Zealand racing, so I was always hoping to go back. I did okay in the time trial criterium [fifth], but it was in the road race where I won. I was a bit surprised to win, but it was a great result for me and I’ll be up against a couple of those girls again at the world champs.”
Also this year she finished third at the Club Road Nationals in the Hawke’s Bay, while Hannah and friends Bryony Botha and Briana Gunn combined for Rangitoto College to win the Points Trophy at the North Island School Cycling Championships.
“Next weekend [5/6 September] I’ll be competing in the New Zealand School Individual road racing championships in Auckland. The team event is also coming up in Palmerston North, but that’s when I’ll be at the world champs.”
Needless to say, much of Hannah’s time at the moment is taken up with training. “I do between 200-300 km a week and also go to the gym two-three times a week.”
“It’s definitely hard to balance training with school, so often I’ll train in the morning before school. So I will get up at 5 am and train and then have the afternoon to do school work – but it’s a challenge at times.”
Hannah’s bike is her most precious possession. “We’ll be taking our own bikes over to the world champs and it’s our own responsibility to make sure that our bikes are working and set up how we want them.”
She said that in part she got into cycling through family. “Not competitively, but both my parents have always ridden, and my cousin Josh England used to ride for New Zealand. I got into cycling at intermediate school and Bryony Botha and I started competitive cycling together then.”
Hannah thanked all the people who have helped her get to the world stage, including her parents and her coach, Lynn Murphy. “A lot of other people have also come forward and helped me out financially, and that is all very much appreciated.”
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