Mikayla Harvey returns to the UCI World Road Championships, having ridden Richmond last year. She knows a winning attitude will be crucial to success this time around, photo Eugene Bonthuys

Mikayla Harvey (Central Otago-Wakatipu) defended her under 19 women’s road race title in the Vittoria Club Road National Championships on Sunday, taking the win ahead of Madeleine Park (Counties Manukau Cycling) and Ella Harris (Cycling Otago).

It was a freezing cold morning in Alexandra for the start of the under 19 women’s road race, over four laps of a 20 kilometre circuit.   “The start was extremely cold especially as we got held up due to a mechanical in the open women’s race, causing me and everyone else to start suffering in the freezing conditions. Luckily the first hill was close to the start which was a good way to warm the legs back up,” said Harvey.

From the very start it was clear that Harvey was not going to allow anyone else to dictate the race, as she positioned herself at the front of the field whenever the road tilted upwards.  “I felt extremely strong the whole race and controlled the pace up the hills. I made sure that I put the pressure on up the hills to hurt the other girls as it was always my plan to attack the final hill and solo to the top,” said Harvey.

Her plan was cemented by her observations of the rest of the field after the first tough climb.  “I knew from the one kilometre hill that I was the strongest climber as the other riders all seemed pretty smashed afterwards along the rollers.”

In the latter part of the race the wind also started picking up, which added another way for Harvey to try and soften up the competition further.  “On the last lap the wind became a factor in the race- which made for some more exiting racing as I was able to put riders in the gutter and put the hurt on. Going into the final hill I launched everything I had – put my head down and just went. Across the top it was an extremely awesome feeling knowing I was going to get the win,” said Harvey.

Behind her, Park put in a strong push to take silver, twelve seconds behind the winner, just pipping Harris to the line, with Harvey’s Central Otago team mate Nicole Shields crossing the line in fourth, just behind Harris.

Results:

Pos. Rider Team Time

1

Mikayla Harvey Central Otago-Wakatipu 2.26.32

2

Madeleine Park Counties Manukau Cycling 2.26.44

3

Ella Harris Cycling Otago 2.26.44

4

Nicole Shields Central Otago-Wakatipu 2.26.45

5

Michaela Kerr Cycling Nelson Inc 2.26.47

6

Emma Smith Leeston Cycling Club 2.26.52

7

Kate Smith Canterbury Track Cycling 2.26.58

8

Jade Regan Auckland Central Cycling 2.26.58

9

Holly Blakely PNP 2.26.58

10

Christine Lambley Canterbury Track Cycling 2.38.39
10= Libby Arbuckle Bike Manawatu 2.38.39

12

Georgia Danford Auckland Central Cycling 2.39.52

13

Briana Gunn North Harbour Cycling Club 2.39.52

14

Madeleine Songhurst Counties Manukau Cycling 2.39.55

15

Felicity Wilson Cycling CHB 2.39.56

16

Chloe Jenkins Cycling Timaru 2.39.59
Jessica Read Te Awamutu Sports Cycling DNF
Elle Wintle Auckland Central Cycling DNF
Olivia Reiber Canterbury Track Cycling DNF
Julia Williams Morrinsville Wheelers DNS

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