Great Racing at 2012 Wellington Schools Road Cycling Championships

PNP held the Schools Cycling Championships on Sunday September 16, consisting of three road events. Firstly an individual Hill climb up Wallaceville hill, followed by an 8km Individual TT up Whitemans Valley, then finishing off with a criterium in Trentham. Points were awarded for each event adding up to a total over all events, effectively making the day something similar to a mini-tour. Riders from as far away as Palmerston North attended the event which helped boost the competition.

Fifty-three Junior riders entered for racing on what started out as a perfect day under the sun with no wind. Ideal time-trial conditions made for a perfect day’s riding until the finish of the U15 criterium. The U17s and U19 riders had to suffer the mid-afternoon rain in their criteriums, but with excellent riding all-round, we had a day of no spills. While the Palmerston U15 boys dominated in their field, this year our Wellington riders were able to hold their own in all the other grades.

Our rising star in the U13 Boys, Sam Wilkinson showed more of his fine riding skills to take home the gold medal and title of Wellington Champion in one of the biggest U13 fields we’ve seen in Wellington. Meanwhile in the U15 girls, Libby Arbuckle from Palmerston Nth showed what racing is all about, however Wellington East Girls College rider, Holly Bakely was able to keep second place overall with some fine riding and take home the gold medal as Wellington Champion.

Carne Groube and Mitchell Kinghorn, two of the strong young men from PNBHS kept the U15boys pace high throughout, with Scots College rider, Liam Sherlock managing to stay with them for most of the race and eventually finish 3rd overall to take home the title of Wellington Champion. Louis Higgison also from Scots College totally dominated in the U17 boys throughout the day, well deserving his title and gold medal. Vaughn Pretorius of Paraparumu College was able to ride throughout the day, with the threat of his pedal coming off at any time, and still managed to take home his Gold Medal.

Other Wellington Champions on the day were: Sarah Findlay of Queen Margarets, in the U13 Girls; and Sabella Thurston of St Matthews, Masterton in the U19 girls. More pictures can be found here.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Burkes Cycles, Subway Silverstream and The Lanes Bowling.

Full Results can be found on the Schools Website:
http://groupspaces.com/WellingtonSchoolsCycling/item/323841