Flying teen in squad

Promising Marlborough cyclist Georgia Catterick has made the 40-strong BikeNZ/BRT junior development squad, made up mostly of 17 to 19-year-olds.

Catterick, 15, is in fine form, smashing a time trial record during Cuddon Cycling Marlborough's "Summernite series" on Wednesday, breaking the junior under-17 women's record set by Elizabeth de Zwart in 2002.

Riding for Marlborough Girls' College at the national schools champs last month, Catterick performed impressively to finish fifth in the under-16 girls' points race.

The junior development squad will participate in a road racing development programme, which includes camps and various competitions.

"The focus will be on educating and assisting the riders in their development, and while it does not guarantee their selection to future New Zealand teams, is a significant achievement in each of their cycling pathways.

"This squad is not a team.

"Instead, being in this squad will allow riders a chance to gain the resources they need to improve their riding," said BikeNZ development manager Amy Taylor.

"If they want to go on to be future professionals or Olympic champions, they need to learn what it takes now.

"We will be assessing them on their attitude, ability to learn."

The Marlborough Express