After a frosty start, the 2019 South Island School Road Cycling Championships turned in to a glorious blue sky day with little wind.
Racing was spirited with exciting action. Using the “Big Dipper“ at Ruapuna added some interesting bike handling skills into the racing!
A number of races, from the youngest to the under 20s, showed the preparedness of some riders to take the chance to attack the field.
A strong ride by Noah Hollamby from Bluestone school in the under 14 boys saw him put 30 seconds on the field. The standout performance of the day however, was Harriet Christie from Lincoln High School who rode away from a very strong girls field putting 1 minute 42 on the field.
In an entirely different result the end of 20 boys race saw a strong sprint finish from Sam Ritchie of Timaru Boys High School outsprinting the Christchurch Boys High pair of Josh Rivett and Griffyn Spencer.
The continued presence of Christchurch Boys High school in podiums saw them win back the Team Points Competition, with last year’s winner James Hargest College in third place. (20Points on count back). A huge surprise was the small team of three riders from Bluestone school riding into second place (20 points).
The leading girl’s school was Villa Maria College who consistently accumulated points over both days, the most notable being their win in the under 20 girls team time trial putting nearly two minutes on their regular Rivals Christchurch Girls High School, with James Hargest College in third.
All riders represented their schools well and the level of preparation of riders was evident with no riders’ roll out failing. Well done to all who competed and a special thanks to their parents, managers, coaches, and teachers.
WORDS SUPPLIED – South Island Schools Racing Facebook page