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Nationals Road Cycling

Alexandra hosted the 2016 Vittoria Club Road Race Nationals.

There was a road race and a time trial for all ages to compete in, from U15 to masters. I didn’t have the best time in the time trial on the first day. I was 23rd in the U17 race but 6th of the kids in the first year of the two year age bracket.

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The road race was on Day 2. It was 60km with a semi hilltop finish (up a then a 400m flat to the line).

The race was incredibly close with pretty much all the boys together to the base of the hill. I sat at the back for most of the first two and a half laps before coming through the bunch to the front. I hit the hill right at the front of the bunch and started pushing the pace. I got passed by a few guys who attacked and took a bit to catch them again.

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We rode towards the top and on the bend there was a crash.

As the crash happened another attack went off and me and 12 boys went with it. One was dropped and then we started to split. I didn’t have the sprint and the group split before the finish. I placed 11th and 4th out of the first year guys.

I couldn’t be more happy with how far I’ve come this year.

I was 25th at Nationals last year and that was in my proper age group. Couldn’t thank Outside Sports, Thijs Hubber and my parents for all the help this season. My bike is pimping. I will be going up to Christchurch for South Island Champs in July to begin next season.

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By Reuben

Photo Credit: Barking Cat Photography. 

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Taking the title home

Southland Secondary Schools Champs

On the 16th of March I went down to Winton for the Southland Secondary Schools Champs. I was super happy with the result, coming home with a win in the U16 age group against boys a year older than me. My bike was awesome again and I put aero bars on for a super aero position. I swam really well, a big improvement from South Island champs and came out of the water 5th.

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I biked pretty well with the fastest split again keeping my bike split winning streak alive for the whole season. I came off the bike second and had a lot of time to make on 1st. I caught him in the last 300m and put on an attack to keep away from a sprint.

"I finally nailed a race and I couldn't be more stoked with my training in the lead up to nationals".

I have my school tri next, which will be good fun with a mountain bike instead of road. Really pleased on the way my swims been tracking in the last few weeks, hopefully all goes well again next week!

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By Reuben

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