Student cyclists dominate divisions at nationals

Maddi Douglas races for the finish. Photo – Concept78 Photography.

Four Cambridge cyclists competing at the Cycling New Zealand Schools National Road Championships in Canterbury have come out on top in their respective age grades.

Cambridge High School’s Maddi Douglas claimed an emphatic victory in the Under 17 girls’ race ahead of Hamilton cyclist Megan Spring of Waikato Diocesan. Meanwhile fellow CHS student Maui Morrison claimed the Under 14 title, and St Peter’s School student Frankie Wright took the Under 13 title with fellow St Peter’s student Kane Foster in second and Cambridge Middle School’s Jack Whittall in third. St Peter’s School students Hamish Banks finished third in the Under 14 race and Jack Carswell finished third in the Under 16 race.

All four Under 13 and Under 14 races saw crashes occur around 7km into the 17.3km course. The wind also played its part in producing some surprising results, with some age groups catching the race ahead, and most races ending in a bunch sprint for the line up the 700m home stretch.

The 51st edition of the national school road championships attracted 601 riders from 100 schools for the three-day competition which began September 29.

Cambridge High School’s Maddi Douglas (centre) won the Under 17 girls’ title. Photo – Stu Smith.


St Peter’s School student Frankie Wright (centre) finished first in the Under 13 final with St Peter’s student Kane Foster in second (left) and CMS’s Jack Whittall in third (right). Photo – Stu Smith.


Cambridge High School’s Maui Morrison (centre) claimed the Under 14 title. St Peter’s student Hamish Banks (right) finished third. Photo – Stu Smith.

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