Vink beats opposition and weather in school cycling
New Zealand junior representative Michael Vink beat the atrocious conditions and the opposition to win the RaboPlus national secondary schools points race in Feilding.
Vink (Christchurch Boys High School) dominated to win all but one sprint as the weather closed in at the Manfeild motor race track.
Four riders went clear early in the 13-lap race, opening up a one minute gap on the field. Auckland's Sam Lindsay (Macleans College) took out the first sprint but after that Vinc dominated with an impressive display. He finished with 30 points with Lindsay second on 18 and Michael Poole (Auckland Grammar) third on 16.
Christchurch cyclist Cara Smith, second in the road race yesterday, won the under-20 women's race in a tight battle.
They got the worst of the weather with strong winds and constant rain, with Smith (Villa Maria) winning with 11 points from defending champion Chloe Harding-Sheath (Massey HS) second and Philippa Sutton (Waikato Diocesan) third.
Male, under 20: Michael Vink (Christchurch BHS) 30 points, 1; Sam Lindsay (Macleans College) 18, 2; Michael Poole (Auckland Grammar) 16, 3.
Under -17: Fraser Gough (Havelock North HS) 17, 1; James Oram (Westlake) 12, 2; Daniel Cross (Westlake) 7, 3.
Under-16: Hardy Michel (Kristin) 16, 1; George Hubbard (Christchurch BHS) 9, 2; Hayden McCormick (St Johns) 6, 3.
Under-15: Dan Pavis (Auckland Grammar) 9, 1; Hugh Wilkie (Rangitoto) 5, 2; Harry Ross (Takapuna Grammar) 5, 3.
Under-14: Jonty Morreau (Auckland Grammar) 13, 1; Ollie Jones (Hutt International) 11, 2; Connor Stead (Christchurch BHS) 4, 3.
Female, under-20: Cara Smith (Villa Maria) 11, 1; Chloe Harding-Sheath (Massey HS) 7, 2; Philippa Sutton (Waikato Diocesan) 6, 3.
Under-17: Brittany: Thompson (Waikato Diocesan) 15, 1; Tania Rouber (Waikato Diocesan) 9, 2; Rebecca Burridge (Diocesan) 5, 3.
Under-16: Paige Paterson (St Cuthberts) 15, 1; Sophie Williamson (Dunstan HS) 13, 2; Rachel Sheath (Whangaparaoa Col) 7, 3.
Under-15: Devon Hiley (St Cuthberts) 13, 1; Robyn Hacker-Cray (Waikato Diocesan) 7, 2; Tessa Hogan (Baradean Col) 4, 3.
Under-14: Jordyn Crouch (Waikato Diocesan) 13, 1; Madison Farrant (Waikato Diocesan) 11, 2; Emily O'Shea (Westlake) 6, 3.
Atkins outsprints rivals to win RabobPlus NZ School Cycling Road Race
Christchurch cyclist Josh Atkins showed the benefit of his international experience to take out the Rabobank New Zealand secondary school road cycling championships at Feilding today.
Atkins, a member of the New Zealand team at the recent Junior World Track Championships, used his track speed to out-sprint rivals to take out the 50km under-20 title.
The Canterbury rider has his share of tribulations when he dropped a chain on the hill section on his final lap. He fixed the mechanical issue and rode strongly to catch back on to the peloton before out-kicking Karl Drury (Hamilton Boys) and Daniel Smith (Sacred Heart, Auckland) for the victory.
A sprint finish also decided the under-20 girls' race over two laps of the testing 16.6km course with strong winds adding to the challenge.
Auckland Diocesan followed their dominant performance in Saturday's team time trial when Amelia Wilkinson claimed the win in 55:42 from the Villa Maria pair from Christchurch, Cara Smith and Haley Mercer.
Daniel Poole (Auckland Grammar) and Maddie Dillon (Kristin School, North Shore) won the under-17 honours.
The championships conclude with the time trial at Feilding tomorrow.
Boys, Under 20: Josh Atkins (Christchurch BHS) 1:11:24, 1; Karl Drury (Hamilton BHS) ST 2, Daniel Smith (Sacred Heart College Akld) ST 3.
U17: Daniel Poole (Auckland Grammar) 49:42, 1; Sam Morreau (Auckland Grammar) 49:43, 2; Ryan Lowther-Smith (Westlake BHS) 51:33, 3.
U16: Hardy Michel (Kristin School) 52:45, 1; George Hubbard (Christchurch BHS) 52:46, 2; Harrison Perriam (Christchurch BHS) 52:47, 3.
U15: Alexis Carlier (St Kentigern College) 26:06, 1; Dan Pavis (Auckland Grammar) same time, 2; Joshua Hunter (Sacred Heart, Auckland) 2:07, 3.
U14: Jonty Morreau (Auckland Grammar) 27:59, 1; Bailey Koppert-Duggan (Taieri College, Dunedin) 28:00, 2; Ollie Jones (Hutt International) same time, 3.
Year 7-8: Cameron Ford (Waimea Intermediate, Nelson) 27:16, 1; Regan Gough (Waipawa Primary, Hawkes Bay) 28:38, 2, William Green (Lindisfarne College) 28:39, 3.
Girls, U20: Amelia Watkinson (Auckland Diocesan) 55:42, 1; Cara Smith (Villa Maria, Christchurch) same time, 2; Haley Mercer (Villa Maria) same time, 3.
U17: Maddie Dillon (Kristin School) 58:20, 1; Rebecca Burridge (Diocesan School) 58:26, 2; Holly Speer (Epsom Girls) 59:54, 3.
U16: Christie Jamieson (Saint Kentigern College) 58:12, 1; Helena Jackson (St Cuthbert's College) 58:13, 2; Josephine Boakes (Palmerston North GHS) 58:14, 3.
U15: Devon Hiley (St Cuthbert's College) 29:57, 1; Robin Hacker-Cary (Waikato Diocesan) same time, 2; Madison Farrell (Takapuna Grammar) 29:59, 3.
U14: Jordyn Crouch (Waikato Diocean) 29:57, 1; Madison Farrant (Waikato Diocesan) 31:37, 2; Isabella Van Schaijik (Baradene College) 31:39, 3.
Year 7-8: Olivia Marris (St Cuthberts, Auckland) 30:57, 1; Maxyna Cottam (Sacred Heart, New Plymouth) 30:58, 2; Georgia Marris (St Cuthberts, Auckland) 31:01, 3.
Auckland schools dominate national cycling team time trials
Auckland's St Kentigern College edged out rivals to claim the team time trial honours at the RaboPlus New Zealand Secondary School in Levin today.
Auckland schools dominated the 41st Sir Bernard Fergusson team time trials, winning all six age groups decided in near perfect conditions in Levin, with only three seconds separating the first three teams in the under-20 boys.
There are record entries with 620 riders and 120 teams from 89 schools contesting the three-day event with the time trials today, road race in Feilding tomorrow and a points race at Manfeild for seniors and Avanti Novice Tour of Manawatu on Monday.
Most attention was on the boys' under-20 clash with Christchurch Boys High School defending their title and bolstered with the inclusion of world junior track championship riders Josh Atkins and Michael Vink.
St Kentigern, fifth to last of the 27 teams, set the standard with an excellent team performance to clock 26:12.91 for the 16km loop, timed when the fourth rider crossed the finish line
Auckland Grammar, including New Zealand Under-19 representatives George Scott and Michael Poole, were just 1.5 seconds slower to grab second place, while St Kentigern College were a further 1.6 seconds back in third in a closely fought time trial.
Sacred Heart College and St Kentigerns won the under-16 and year 7-8 titles respectively.
Diocesan School continued their remarkable domination in the under-20 girls competition, winning for a record sixth straight time and the ninth time in the last 11 years.
Waikato Diocesan, the first of the 15 teams on the road, set the standard with an excellent 26:25.09 which stood until the top qualifier and last team on the road, Diocesan School produced a strong performance to win in 26:05:58 – 20 seconds faster.
St Cuthberts College won both the year 7-8 and the under-16 national titles.