The North Island Intermediate Cycling Champs 2017
This is an annual event for Year 7 and 8 road cyclists from all over North Island which takes place at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Race Track Taupo, a fantastic location for cyclists and supporters. This year 185 students entered from more than 20 schools.
Team Time Trials (TTT) for teams of 3- 5 in the morning are followed by individual road races in the afternoon. Distances for both events are 13.2 km (4 laps) for Year 7 students and 16.5 km (5 laps) for Year 8 students.
Despite competing in the competitive Year 8 Boys division for the TTT Tom Clark, Maia Barclay, Kate Waters and Charlotte Wood achieved a very impressive 14th place out of 22 teams finishing in 32 minutes (average speed 31km/h). All riders rode extremely competitively in the road races in the afternoon with Tom 5 seconds off first place in his race, Kate 8 seconds from the front and Charlotte finishing just behind the second bunch in her race. Unfortunately Maia crashed out responding to an acceleration from the leaders in her race but recovered well to join the team for a Indian meal in Taupo on Friday night!
RI pupils and their parents had great fun, and we look forward to the same event next year.