MAGS Cycling 2010 Report.
2010 was the second year of Road Cycling at MAGS and we were fortunate to have a good number of riders involved from the previous year and a number of new riders interested this year.
Training commenced in early February with meetings down at the New Lynn Velodrome on Sunday mornings. This is an ideal venue for riders to safely improve riding skills and have a bit of fun.
With the number of riders involved in 2010, we were able to enter one senior boys' team and two junior teams in the Auckland Secondary School Team Time Trial held down at the waterfront for early May to early September. This event consists of seven races and team of riders, a minimum of four for senior team and three for junior teams race from Mechanics Bay to St Heliers and back.
During the race each rider in the team is expected to do time at the front then drop back to the back working their way up to the front of the team again as the rider at the front tires and moves to the back.
This is a very popular event with at least 25 Auckland Secondary Schools entering over 124 teams, many of them having been involved in this event for many years and have a large school and parent support structure.
At the end of the series the Senior Boys finished 18th out of 29 teams, the Junior Boys A team finishing 21st out of 44 teams and the Junior B team finishing 38th out of 44 teams.
This was an improvement over the 2009 results and a great achievement given it was only MAGS second year being involved in this competition. It is difficult to single out any specific riders but the following should get special mention:
Matt Russell who was Captain of the Senior Team and lead from the front and a great role model for all MAGS Cycling team members.
Lauchie McNoe who backed up Matt and during one race crashed heavily yet still picked himself up and finished the race with a very sore shoulder.
Matt Milner who despite numerous other school activities always turned up to ride for the Senior team.
Sean Pearce captained the Junior A team for many of the races. He crashed in Race 6 breaking his collar bone and tearing the ligaments in his shoulder but was back four weeks later to support the team and finished Race 7 as one of the three riders across the finish line.
Callum Elson also captained the Junior A team in some races and gave solid support to the team right through the whole 7 race series.
Thomas Kerby who was the best performing ?rookie' of 2010 and will be the driving force for the Junior teams in 2011.
The other event MAGS Cycling was involved in was the Auckland Secondary School Champs held in the Mt Wellington area in September. This consisted of an Individual Time Trial, a Hill Climb and a Criterion race.
MAGS acquitted themselves very well in both the Time Trial and Hill Climb with the Criterion highlighting where we need to show improvement in 2011!
No report of any school sport can be made without reference to the support by both school management and parents.
Getting a new sport established requires considerable time, commitment and hard work. Fortunately a number of parents have done a brilliant job getting their sons and daughters (and other peoples sons and daughters!) to morning training sessions and race days. Helped get the bikes and riders ready to race, cheered them on, manned the BBQ, and supported other parents when things have gone wrong. A number of friendships among cycling families have been created and this has made the sport enjoyable. While we have lost some year 13 boys we are confident existing riders will step up to fill the gaps created and new riders will come along to grow Cycling at MAGS.
Bring on 2011!
MAGS Cycling Parent Manager