Seeding Talent: High School Sport hits Crankworx Rotorua

Mar 28, 2017 at 0:33
by Official Crankworx  
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Caoilinn Littbarski leads the charge for the U13 Girls at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Caoilinn Littbarski leads the charge for the U13 Girls at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Five years ago, there were two events in New Zealand high school cycling. Today, the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships presented by Altherm Window Systems was an official event on the Crankworx calendar, with elite athletes rocking up to cheer the young riders on, and the first of hundreds of young competitors giving it their all on a course adjusted, last minute, due to the week's heavy rainfall.

Professional racers Remi Gauvin and Miranda Miller came out to cheer on the high schoolers at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Professional racers Remi Gauvin and Miranda Miller came out to cheer on the high schoolers at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

"School cycling sees itself as the nest of cycling. We provide the opportunity for the kids to learn to compete.That's why the events are challenging, but not so challenging that a kid will go, oh I can't do this," said Kevin Searle, Chairman of Cycling New Zealand Schools.

Cate Mastny-Jen of Tauhara College approaches the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Cate Mastny-Jen, of Tauhara College, approaches the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

According to Searle, mountain biking is only just taking off in the 50-year old program school cycling program, and cycling, as a whole, is growing by leaps and bounds for teen athletes.

With the youngest competitors just eleven years old, the Cross-Country turned the Whakarewarewa Forest into a circuit of cheering fans for the bulk of Tuesday. The event was expected to be the largest high school event in the country, in terms of competitive space, and this week, the first stand-alone high school mountain biking championships in New Zealand. Results for the day's events were posted by late afternoon. (VIEW HERE)

Emma Lord 133 at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Emma Lord (133) at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

germany s Ines Thoma charges one of the final sections of stage 7 to take home silver at the Giant Toa Enduro. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Ruby Ryan, of Rotorua Lakes High School, chases down Tauhara College's Sammie Maxwell, with Poppy Buissink, of Epsom Girls Grammar School, pulling in behind. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Annalise Gillespie heads for the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Annalise Gillespie heads for the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Millie Day attacks the singletrack at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Millie Day attacks the singletrack at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Ruby Ryan on the attack at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Ruby Ryan on the attack at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

the boys of Macleans College Cycling team at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
The boys of Macleans College Cycling team at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Bikes all over at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Bikes all over at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Shelley Pfister 116 and Sarah Harvison 125 head down the start straight at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Shelley Pfister (116) and Sarah Harvison (125) head down the start straight at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

The U17 Girls head up the road at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
The U17 Girls head up the road at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Ella Wyllie heads for the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Ella Wyllie heads for the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Harriet Neradt chases the leaders at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Harriet Neradt chases the leaders at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Jessica Guiney leads out Emily Hannah at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Jessica Guiney leads out Emily Hannah at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Emily Hannah chases down Jessica Guiney at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Emily Hannah chases down Jessica Guiney at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Jamie Kara at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Jamie Kara at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.

Sacha Earnest U13 girls rides in the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx
Sacha Earnest, U13 girls, rides in the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.


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9 Comments

  • + 11
 I love to see young people get passionate about the sport. But I find it really frustrating that it's so hard for lower income students to be competitive in cycling.
  • + 7
 True. Bike companies need to step up and make bikes and equipment that actually perform well for less. It's good for the sport to have a larger, more diverse crowd getting into it, that will actually contribute to the profit of these companies in the long run.
  • + 1
 To be fair though, in my experience, kids can go fast on any level of bike. At these sorts of races I've seen the "rich" kids get smashed by kids on bike of way lesser value. Its only as we get older that we "need" the higher level components to go fast
  • + 5
 Good on Miranda and Remi for showing up to cheer the kids on. When these Pros do the little things like that it makes a big difference for the kids.
  • + 0
 Insert Caption Here:__________________________at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window System

Why do they all have that end part? I get it - its the "Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window System."

Why isn't there Juniors DH? Why only XC? Can't kids can do DH too? And why don't bike companies make affordable bikes like @pbrazil said? Questions, questions....more questions.
  • + 1
 Girls xc yesterday, boys xc today, DH tomorrow I believe if the weather doesn't make it "unsafe"
  • + 1
 This is a good thing
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