Date: Friday, 10 November 2017

Southland cyclist Conor Shearing will take some good form to the Oceania Track Cycling Championships starting on November 20, after claiming a New Zealand record.

The 16-year-old broke the NZ record for the men's under-17 Flying 200m record last week and will be carrying some good form into his first international meet in Cambridge.

The James Hargest College student snuck under the old mark of 11.2 secs, with a time of 11.13 secs at the SIT Velodrome in Invercargill.

"Well I have been aiming for it for a while, and with the help of some of the commissaires down here they managed to set a date for me to go for the record and I went for it, it was perfect conditions really," he said.

Shearing will be riding for the New Zealand under-19 team and is hoping that his previous experience riding at the Cambridge-based track will help him.

"My goals are to do well and hopefully make top-five in my events, then moving forward I have got nationals next year and worlds which I am hoping to get selected for," he said. 

"It sounds like very tough racing, all the top guys in New Zealand and Australia, my goal is to probably do well and try and show what I can do to the New Zealand coaches."

He has been sharpening his skills in the Cycling NZ SIT Southern Performance Hub under the watchful eye of coach Sid Cumming at the Mike Piper Training Centre.

"It is good to have people to train with, training schedules and we get the gym sessions with that.  We go on group rides and also do promoting for sponsors," he said.

Article courtesy Stuff

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