Cycling at Westlake Girls comprises both Road and Mountain Biking with each discipline offering both a competitive and social focus for students. Cycling provides elements of individual performance and also a strong team performance across a series of events for Road and Mountain Biking. Students have the opportunity to try each discipline in fun ‘Give-it-a-Go’ activities as well as join a team in Term 1.
Students enter the school programme in Year 9 and will compete through the age groups as they progress to Year 13. Cycling requires a high level of self-motivation and self-discipline, particularly on winter mornings. It also teaches students to be organised as well as a number of other life skills like resilience, confidence and social engagement. The school’s coaches will provide education, and train and guide them through the competitions and events.
Previous cycling seasons have included three training sessions a week with two early morning road trainings and one afternoon wind training session. Westlake Girls is currently training with Westlake Boys for these trainings.
2024 ROAD RACE CALENDAR:
Team Time Trials and Individual Points Races – TBC
North Island Schools Track Championships – 9-10 July 2024
North Island Schools Road Championships – 6-7 July 2024 (Cambridge).
Northern Tour – 31 August – 1 September 2024
NZ National School Track Championships – 8-9 October 2024 (Invercargill)
NZ National School Road Championships – 29 September – 1 October 2024 (Location TBC)
Cycling costs each year are set in Term 1 depending on student numbers entering the school teams. Fees will include the cost of entering the Auckland Team Time Trial Series and coaching. Students will need to provide their own road bike, cycle equipment (a gear list will be provided during Term 1) and wind trainer. All other events such as Individual Points Races, North Island and New Zealand Championships will cost extra if students compete.
MOUNTAIN BIKING (MTB)
Following two strong seasons the Mountain Biking team is seeking to defend their Auckland School team and relay titles for a third year in 2024. The team will have the opportunity to compete in both Cross Country (XC) and Enduro events during the year.
The 2024 season will see the introduction of Wednesday morning coaching seasons in the school fitness centre and fortnightly teams rides on Sunday mornings. These training sessions are designed to complement riders’ other sports training and competitions.
2024 MTB CALENDAR:
Auckland Schools Cross Country – five races between March and August.
Auckland Schools Enduro Series – TBC.
North Island MTB Championships – 17-19 March 2024 (Rotorua)
South Island Championships – 21 March 2024 – 23 March 2024 (Queenstown)
North Island Cyclocross Championships – 21 July 2024 (Tauranga)
NZ National School MTB Championships – 7-10 October 2024 (Christchurch)
Auckland Affiliated MTB – $20
Fees are set in Term 1 depending on student numbers entering the school teams. Fees will include the cost of entering the Auckland Schools series of races. Students will need to provide their own road bike, cycle equipment (a gear list will be provided during Term 1) and wind trainer. All other events such as North Island and New Zealand Championships will cost extra if students compete.
For more information, or to register for this activity, please go to “CLIPBOARD”. It is a NEW platform to view All Westlake Girls Sports and it is located on the Student and Parent Portals or just contact the Cycling Manager.
Liz O’Leary – Sports Manager
Phone: 09 489 4169 ext 713