Women riders tear up the race track

Last updated 00:52 15/05/2014
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READY TO ROLL: Wanaka cyclist Phoebe Young on her way to cleaning up the under-15 section of the Tour de Femme le Cromwell.

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Wanaka rider Phoebe Young took line honours, Queen of the Mountain and the overall title for the U15 grade at the Tour de Femme le Cromwell cycle race on the weekend.

Organised by the Southern Lakes Multisport Club the event was held on the sunny and picturesque Ardgour loop in full autumn sunshine.

Forty-two women from across the lower South Island participated in events four grades with racing distances ranging 20 kilometres to 100km.

Race director Gavin Mason said the purpose of the event was to provide a platform for women to engage in cycling in a like minded, fun and enjoyable environment.

Competing in the under-15s Young, a Mount Aspiring College pupil, put in a strong performance against a large contingent from Dunedin's Columba College all continuing their preparations towards the NZ secondary school road cycling champs.

The morning course took competitors in one direction around the loop while the afternoon's second and final stages headed in the opposite direction and threw a hill in their way.

Organisers included a Queen of the mountain award in each of the grades ensuring solid racing and a top pace up the hill.

The event was a great success and Mason hopes it will become a permanent fixture on the multisport clubs calendar.

He hoped it would lead to a growth in the secondary school and entry level participants as they break down the perceptions of cycling and get out and have fun staying active.

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- The Southland Times

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