A fantastic two days of racing saw cyclists from the Nelson region claim 15 medals at the South Island secondary schools road cycling championships held at Ruapuna Raceway in Christchurch last week.
Thirteen Nelson cyclists from seven schools in Nelson proved they were among the most talented cyclists in the South Island. The impressive haul included six gold, six silver and three bronze.
The first day of competition saw the pure, lactic-acid inducing, individual time trial and teams' time trial. The race track at Ruapuna provided spectators with some great racing to watch and those who made the trip from the top of the south had plenty to cheer about.
The under-13 girls kick-started the day in fantastic fashion with Britney Kerr and Shaane Fulton of Waimea Intermediate and Niamh Fisher from Nelson Intermediate finishing with a perfect 1-2-3 on the podium.
For good measure, St Joseph's School pupil Ruby Jones followed her peers home to take out fourth spot.
A first place by under-13 boys competitor Bailey Ford was followed by second placings for under-15 girls and boys cyclists Michaela Kerr from Waimea College and Ethan Batt from Te Kura.
A win from Waimea College's Cameron Ford in the under-17 boys capped a great first day on the track with Nelson riders winning three gold, three silver and a bronze.
The second day brought the moving chess game that is the road race, where nous, tactics and a calculating mind reign supreme. The other major coup is having a strong team presence, and so it was as the under-13 girls of Shaane, Britney, Niamh and Ruby finished first, second, third and fourth respectively.
Bailey completed the double by winning his road race and Michaela went one better on her time trial result, picking up the gold on the second day.
Ethan took another silver and Cameron picked up a bronze while Nayland College's Grayson Napier got on the podium with an under-20 boys silver. Waimea College team manager Rob Ford said the racing was tight and action-packed.
"Luckily the weather was kind with clear skies, little wind and no snow in sight. There was some very close finishes which were dependent on results from the electronic transponders.
"It was a very successful event for all the talented young Nelson cyclists, the next big event is the South Island Two Day Tour which is held in September."
Waimea Intermediate were third on the points tally, with Waimea College fifth overall.
U13G time trial: 1 Britney Kerr, 2 Shaane Fulton, 3 Niamh Fisher, 4 Ruby Jones
U13G road race: 1 Shaane Fulton, 2 Britney Kerr, 3 Niamh Fisher, 4 Ruby Jones
U13B time trial: 1 Bailey Ford
U13B road race: 1 Bailey Ford
U14G time trial: 6 Brooke Matheson
U14G road race: 8 Brooke Matheson
U15G time trial: 2 Michaela Kerr, 12 Rose McLoud, 14 Georgia Cowman
U15G road race: 1 Michaela Kerr, 14 Rose McLoud, 18 Georgia Cowman
U15B time trial 2 Ethan Batt
U15B road race: 2 Ethan Batt
U17G time trial: 10 Olivia Miller
U17G road Race: 9 Olivia Miller
U17B time trial: 1 Cameron Ford
U17B road race: 3 Cameron Ford
U20B time trial: 8 Grayson Napier
U20B road race: 2 Grayson Napier