Bike mechanic in his element

KATHRYN MCCOY
Last updated 05:00 24/07/2013

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Talented Southland bike mechanic Ollie Harnett is off to work at the UCI BMX World championships being held in Auckland over the next five days.

It has been a massive year for 20-year-old Harnett after being appointed the official BikeNZ BMX mechanic back in December 2012.

"The first three months of my new job I spent with the BMX team in Australia and New Zealand attending various events. Then in April I headed to work in Europe with the road and track cycling teams," Harnett said.

"I am really looking forward to the UCI World BMX champs, there are a lot of talented riders who race for New Zealand and it's going to be great to watch them compete."

The world championships is at Auckland's Vector Arena where a purpose-built track has been constructed using 5000 to 6000 cubic metres of dirt. The event has attracted 4500 competitors, officials and supporters.

The eight BikeNZ elite riders have been at their pre-training camp in Brisbane and will fly back to Auckland the day before their racing begins.

"My job is to ensure that the race bikes are clean and polished, tyres pumped, chains lubricated and brakes are smooth just the way the riders like them," Harnett said. In September he will travel to Japan and Chula Vista in California for more BMX international racing.

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- The Southland Times

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