Mountainbiker Ashby-Coventry off to Norway
Timaru's David Ashby-Coventry has been confirmed in a 28-strong New Zealand team to contest September's UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Norway.
Ten riders, led by Commonwealth Games representatives Karen Hanlen, Kate Fluker, Anton Cooper and Sam Gaze, will contest the cross-country competition.
Eighteen riders, headed by world No 2 Sam Blenkinsop, will compete in downhill competition.
Ashby-Coventry is part of the four-strong under-19 cross-country team along with Jack Compton (Wellington), Gareth Cannon (Woodville) and Ben Oliver (Rangiora).
The cross-country competition begins in Hafjell, with the elite team relay on September 3, followed by three days of individual racing.
Trials and cross-country eliminator racing takes place at Lillehammer, which are the alpine resorts which hosted the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.
Ashby-Coventry said he was excited to be named in the team for his first world championships.
"I'll just need to get organised and plan out the trip.
"To be together with the New Zealand team in Norway will be cool."
The talented young rider said he hoped to travel to Europe in August, to a race in France, as a warmup and stay there.
Earlier this month Ashby-Coventry broke his nose during a World Cup race in the Czech Republic. Adding to his bad luck was that his $9000 bicycle was stolen while he was in hospital.
Insurance replaced his bike but he is still waiting for an operation to improve the air flow through his nose.
"It has made things a bit difficult but ACC have just approved it so hopefully it won't be too long."
The Timaru Herald