Riders will travel from as far north as Blenheim, and as far south as Invercargill to the Canterbury region to compete in the South Island School Road Championships. Christchurch Boys High School has 34 riders competing, the largest contingent from any one school, with Rangi Ruru Girls School the next largest with 17 riders. In total, 51 schools will take part in the two-day event.
The South Island Road event, organised by Cycling Canterbury Schools, takes place at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch on Saturday and Sunday, with an individual time trial, team time trial and road race across two days of racing.
Christchurch Boys will be looking for gold in the boys team trial events after a strong showing at last year’s National School Road Championships, as will Rangi Ruru and Villa Maria College. Individually, Guy Yarrell (Christchurch Boys) will be looking to improve on his second place finishes in the individual time trial and road race last year, while under-16 road race national champion Ryan Macleod (Papanui) will be hoping to repeat his efforts from 2018. In the under-16 boys grade, Roncalli College’s Jaxson Whyte will be hoping to scoop both individual titles, as he did last year. Erin Downie (Burnside), Jenna Borthwick (St Margarets) and under-16 national road race champion Charlotte Spurway (Rangi Ruru), who are all part of the Cycling New Zealand Upper Performance Hub programme, will be ones to watch in the girls grades.