Date: Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Southland's promising secondary school cyclists produced excellent results at the South Island Championships road races in Christchurch at the weekend.

James Hargest College finished second in the Hayden Godfrey Challenge Cup teams event with 32 points, behind winners Christchurch Boys' High School.

The other Southland schools to feature were Southland Girls' High School in seventh place and Southland Boys' High School finished 12th.

In the individual road racing events Marshall Erwood from James Hargest College claimed the under-13 boys', while Hargest's Jasmine McLeod and Ronan Shearing were second in the under-14 girls' and boys' categories respectively.

Mitchel Fitzsimons from SBHS won the under-15 boys', while Southland Girls' rider Helena Rikiti and Hargest's Emily Paterson finished second and third in the under-17 girls' race.

Conor Shearing secured second in the under-17 boys', while SGHS rider Sophie-Lee Bloxham finished third in the under-20 girls'.

Paterson edged Rikiti to win the time trial as Southland claimed a quinella in the under-17 girls' section.

Jade Cameron, Erwood, Ronan Shearing and Fitzsimons also picked up podium finishes in the time trial event.

Meanwhile, Wensley's Fire 1 qualified fastest for the Corporate Pursuit event on July 2.

They edged Steve Rhodes/Wensley and Police in the time trial.

Photo and article courtesy Stuff

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