Cycling: Teenage cyclists off to Oceania champs
22 Mar 2018
Two 16-year-old Taranaki cyclists have packed their racing bikes to fly to Tasmania this weekend for the 2018 Oceania Road Cycling Championships.
Lee Boon and Isaac Burton were chosen to represent New Zealand after strong performances in national junior cycling events and the recent Dynamo Team Championship in Waikato.
This is the first time for several years young riders from the Cycling New Plymouth road club have been selected to compete in the Oceania event.
They will contest the under-19 category in a time trial and road race.
Burton's road race is 105km, and as a woman competitor Boon races the shorter distance of 79km.
Boon said she was looking forward to a good challenge.
"I like being put out of my comfort zone. I'm expecting the road race will be hard and fast, especially on the climbs."
Burton said he welcomed the experience of working as part of a team and racing internationally.
"I'm excited at the opportunity to be representing New Zealand and to experience the next level of competition."
Racing was tactical, so it was not necessarily the fittest person who won, he said.
Both riders have gained their cycling knowledge and fitness under the guidance of Ruth and Jonathan Jarman, youth coaches for Cycling New Plymouth.
They are members of Cycling New Zealand's junior development programme. Burton also rides for local cycling team Blindz Direct in regional events.
- Taranaki Daily News
RUTH JARMAN - YOUTH CYCLING COACH FOR CYCLING NEW PLYMOUTH