​​​​​​​Mountainbiking/Cycling

​Teacher in Charge - Mrs Surridge

2024

Aoraki Mountainbiking - Saturday 14 September, Herbert Forest

Aoraki Cycling TBC - Levels Raceway, Timaru

​​​​​​​Cycling 2023

Over the October school holiday break both Zoe Spillane and Olivia Ewing competed in a number of cycling events at both Regional and National levels, both coming away with great results:

Olivia’s results and races

  • Yunca Tour – Olivia finished 1st in the  Green Sprinters Jersey competition , which was a best total on all the sprints. Due to a mechanical issue on her bike on stage 4, she lost time in the overall race and finished 6th overall.
    • Stage 1 – 3rd Place
    • Stage 2 – 1st Place
    • Stage 3 – 5th Place
    • Stage 4 – 6th Place
    • Stage 5 – 2nd Place
    • Stage 6 – 1st Place
  • National Secondary schools  Track Racing
    • 2nd Place – Silver Medal – over the 4 race competition Olivia finished in 2nd place
  • South Island Secondary schools  Track Racing
    • 2nd Place – Silver Medal – over the 4 race competition Olivia finished in 2nd place

Highlight Summary  – 1 x National Silver medal , 1 x South Island Silver Medal , Green Sprinters Jersey 1st overall .

Zoes results and races

  • Yunca Tour – Zoe race great and hard all week to finish 2nd overall in the competition
    • Stage 1 – 3rd
    • Stage 2 – 4th
    • Stage 3 – 2nd
    • Stage 4 – 5th
    • Stage 5 – 4th
    • Stage6 – 2nd
  • National Secondary Schools Road Cycling
    • Road Race – 7th
    • Points Race – 7th
    • Hightlight Summary  2nd Overall Yunca Tour , 7th Placings in both National

National Skoda Schools Cycling Cuddon Tour

Olivia Greenaway-Ewing represented Craighead Diocesan School at the National Skoda Schools Cycling Cuddon Tour in Blenheim over the weekend. Olivia rode an exceptional tour winning the overall tour for the U16 Girls and taking home a National title in the Time Trial.

Olivia’s results:

  • 1st Place and National Title in the NZ Schools Time Trial
  • 1st Place and Yellow Jersey Winner in the Skoda Tour
  • 1st Place in the 32km Road Race Rtage
  • 2nd Place in the National schools Criterium
  • 2nd Place in the Hill Climb Stage

Congratulations Olivia, we are super proud of your achievements! We are looking forward to seeing what is next for you in Cycling!

Cycling New Zealand Track Nationals 2024

​​​​​​​Recently Olivia Ewing travelled to Cambridge for the week ( 29th Feb – 8th March) to represent Cycling South Canterbury and compete in the Cycling New Zealand Track Nationals, these were held at the Grassroots Trust Velodrome.

Olivia had a very successful week picking up the below listed places and medals.

Her week was abruptly bought to a halt by way of a very bad high speed crash in the scratch race, 7 riders in total came down very hard on the final lap while sprinting for the line , Olivia was carried off the track in a stretcher and was taken to hospital by ambulance for scans and x-rays , she was given 24hours stand down from racing and returned to racing two days later bruised and missing skin, to then take part in the points race, and then her final race on the Wednesday where she picked up her silver medal.

Looking back on the week it was a great experience for Olivia with both lows and highs but the highlight for me as Team manager and coach was witnessing Olivia’s determination and strength to fight back, get back into the racing and push hard for her results after the crash.

Individual Pursuit – Silver Medal – 2nd Place

Elimination Race – 4th Place

Scratch Race – DNF – Due to a major crash in the bunch

Points Race – 4th Place​​​​​​​

We have been advised that Olivia has been selected by Cycling NZ to represent New Zealand at the UCI Asian Track series in Malaysia in early May, which is a superb achievement for a young rider. Congratulations Olivia, we will be watching your progress at this meet and wish you all the very best!

​​​​​​​Cycling 2024

Olivia Greenaway-Ewing was recently selected to represent Cycling New Zealand as an Under17 cyclist to be a part of a team of junior New Zealand Cyclists to travel to Malaysia ( Kuala Lumpa ) and take part in racing in the MNCF Malaysian President Cup.

The opportunity and experience for Olivia was amazing and a huge learning curve, as the athletes were away from home for 10 days which consisted of a full-on high-performance sport itinerary.

The team consisted of 25 riders aged 15 –18yrs from both sprint and endurance track disciplines along with 8 Cycling New Zealand staff/ coaches/ mechanics / medics.

7 countries in total were represented at the event and all the races were full fields with the best from each country representing.

The journey started with a 2-day training camp in Cambridge at the grassroots velodrome, which included many hours or training and refining their cycling race craft, cultural education classroom sessions, disassembly and packing of all their own equipment and team equipment to Cycling NZ standards.

On arrival in Malaysia, they then had to assemble their bikes and get into their work. With a total of three days full-on racing ahead.

Olivia had a very successful racing campaign and came away with some great results from such strong fields, with two outstanding podiums.

Team Medal --- Silver Medal – 3km Team Pursuit. The NZ team qualified fastest but were narrowly beaten by Australia by 0.4 sec in the ride off for the gold medal.

Individual medal --- Bronze Medal – Elimination Race- Olivia rode a very smart and strong race and showed why she had been selected for team, finishing strong in 3rd place.

Overall, Olivia really enjoyed the experience and came away with many positives and a few things she can improve on. Having the opportunity to take part in an event at this level has many positive outcomes and she will only grow in in sport and in person following this.

Olivia is very excited as to what opportunities will arise and open for her in the months/ years to come.