Catterick, Christie claim silver medals at cycling nationals

Marlborough rider Georgia Catterick picked up a second placing at the national under-23 and elite road cycling champs in ...
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Marlborough rider Georgia Catterick picked up a second placing at the national under-23 and elite road cycling champs in Napier.

Marlborough cyclist Georgia Catterick kick started what could be a pivotal year in her riding career with a strong showing at the national champs in Napier.

On Friday, Catterick registered the second quickest under-23 time in the 20km time trial. She finished just three seconds adrift of the winner, Mikayla Harvey from Wanaka, on the testing Church Road Winery circuit.

The following day she tackled the road race, where the under-23 riders combine with the senior cyclists. Catterick finished in the main bunch, winding up sixth among the under-23 racers and 11th overall. The race was won by Olympian Rushlee Buchanan who became the first woman to win the national elite road championship on four occasions.

Later this month, Catterick will ride for the New Zealand team in the women's Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans' Great Ocean Race. She has also landed a ride with the United States-based UCI outfit, Team Illuminate, who are a professional team that will also contest some European races during the year. She will be leaving for the US in late February, early March. 

Her fiance, Jason Christie, a former national road race champion and Forrest GrapeRide winner rode at the nationals in the colours of Cuddon Cycling Marlborough and represented the Tasman region. He finished second in the elite time trial on Friday, behind Jack Bauer, and one place ahead of rowing champion Hamish Bond.

On Sunday Christie, 26, repeated his second placing in the senior road race, coming runner-up to Wellington rider Joseph Cooper by 14 seconds. 

The other Marlborough rider at the nationals is under-23 competitor Ethan Batt, competing for Skoda Racing, who came home 12th in the 40km title trial then made a strong start in the road race before pulling out in the last lap. 

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