Fitzsimon's perfect record at Cycling NZ nationals

Mid South Canterbury's Mitchel Fitzsimons won four from four at the national championships.
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Mid South Canterbury's Mitchel Fitzsimons won four from four at the national championships.

Young Mid South Canterbury rider Mitchel Fitzsimons proved untouchable at the Age Group Track National Championships at the Avantidrome in Cambridge.

Fitzsimons made a comfortable clean sweep of all the boys' under 15 events.

The talented pedaller was the only person to manage to win all four titles in an age grade

He won the 500m time trial, points race, scratch race and the derby on the final day.

Fitzsimons also broke the championship record in the 500m, when he stopped the clock at 36.3s, but was just outside Pieter Bulling's national record of 36.175s.

His team-mate, Jenna Borthwick of Ashburton, won three golds and a silver in the under 15 girls' events.

That gave the Hayden Roulston-coached Mid South Canterbury an extraordinary return of seven of the eight golds on offer in the under 15 grade. 

In the points race Fitzsimons collected 20 points to finish comfortably ahead Waikato BOP's Jack Carswell, son of former New Zealand representatives Tim and Fiona Carswell, on nine points, with Tasman's Kaio Lart on three.

He as just as dominant in the other two finals.

Fitzsimons said it was an awesome feeling to grab all four golds.

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He said he was targeting four wins and a crack at the record before heading to Cambridge.

The highlight for him however was breaking the 500m time trial record.

"I wanted the gold and knew if I rode well I could go close to the record."

Fitzsimons said having Roulston coach Mid South Canterbury was a bonus.

"It helped to have him at the track in terms of tactics and getting faster leg speed out of me."

The 14-year-old Fitzsimons moved from Roncalli College to Southland Boys' High School at the beginning of the year.

Easy access to Invercargill's velodrome was the catalyst for Fitzsimons' move as his passion is track cycling.

Fitzsimons said his improvement had been rapid after training on the track five and six days a week over the past two months, with Southland performance hub coach Sid Cumming.

"You learn what exactly to do on the track and that gives more confidence doing it every day."

Fitzsimon's power and cadence (the number of revolutions of the crank per minute) set him apart from others in his age group.

At the time of his move the Timaruvian committed to continue riding for Mid South Canterbury at national championships ahead of his adopted home. 

"Mitchel is a very special talent. He was head and shoulders above his opposition," coach Hayden Roulston said.

Former Olympic medallist, Roulston said Fitzsimons had a very strong future on the bike.

"He was just so dominant. He's a great kid whos' talented on the bike.

"I was incredibly proud of not only him but all the cyclists they did superbly."

Roulston said Fitzsimons deserved his accolades.

"There were a number of personal bests but Mitchel was the standout.

"Mitchel and Jenna both want to be Olympic champions and are going the right way about it."

Fitzsimons will now turn his attention to the road, with the nationals in May.

 

 - Stuff

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