Ford picked for NZ team
Nelson cyclist Cameron Ford has been selected in a 13-strong BikeNZ under-19 team to contest next month's Oceania Road Cycling Championships in Canberra.
The Waimea College student was recently part of the Tasman under-19 team that won silver at the national track cycling championships in Invercargill. He is the defending South Island secondary schools road cycling champion, and represented New Zealand at the Oceania track championships in Adelaide in November.
"Whether it is on the track or the road, I just want to represent New Zealand," said Ford.
The Tasman Wheelers member said his selection showed that he was on the right track with his training, and that his continuous effort was getting noticed.
"It's like all the hard work, all the hard yards I have stuck in, is starting to pay off."
Not that the long hours out training on hot tarmac are going to cease any time soon.
That base will always be there - it is only Ford's goals that are beginning to shift. Selection in the under-19 junior world competition is now on his radar.
The level of local competition and knowledge is one aspect that Ford thinks has helped to propel him to national selection.
"I use club racing for training, and Nelson is so strong," he said.
"Heaps of the Nelson riders are ex-Olympians. They have heaps of knowledge, and they are so supportive as well."
The Oceania Road Cycling Championships, including a time trial and road race, are from March 14-17. The road race is a 32.45-kilometre course along Paddys River in the Australian Capital Territory, which includes a climb of 346 metres.
- The Nelson Mail