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CYCLING

New race for young cyclists

Thursday 2 June 2011, 8:19AM
By Sport Manawatu
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PALMERSTON NORTH

Manawatu’s new schools road cycling championships will take place on Sunday June 19.

Bike Manawatu will base the event out of Ashhurst where intermediate and secondary school cyclists will have the chance to compete in several different age groups to earn the right to call themselves the best school aged cyclist in the region. The event will be open to cyclists in the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua.

The first of its kind in the Manawatu, the event will cater for a year 7/8 (Intermediate) grade as well as the under 15, 17 and 19 grades for both boys and girls. The students will be able to compete in up to three different cycling events on the day with the event consisting of a hill climb, individual time trial and points race.

‘This format will provide the students with excellent exposure to all of the different aspects of a typical cycling event,’ says Ben Koch Sport Manawatu’s secondary school sports advisor

Bike Manawatu secretary Glenys Taylor says, “It will also provide a valuable warm up for students attending the North Island and New Zealand School Cycling Championships,”

The event will be based at the Ashhurst School Hall and entries are $15 per student, registration forms for students are available from local cycling clubs or intermediate and secondary schools in the Horowhenua, Tararua and Manawatu. For more information visit bikemanawatu.co.nz