Cycling New Zealand has announced a new intake for the Upper South Performance Hub which is part of the Subway New Zealand National Performance Hub programme.

This is the second year of the development programme for young riders in the Upper South region from Ashburton to Nelson.

Cycling New Zealand (CNZ) established the athlete development programme in partnership with Subway New Zealand, with the overarching aim of increasing the quality and quantity of athletes across all cycling codes to feed into the CNZ High Performance Elite Programme.

The Subway National Performance Hub programme delivers an opportunity for emerging young talent to perform with consistent training and professional resources. As well as providing training facilities and programmes for athletes, the Hubs assist with the development of key regional coaches and provide a pathway for coaches as part of high performance succession planning.

There are four regional road and track cycling Hubs and two national performance Hubs for Mountain Bike and BMX based in Rotorua and Cambridge respectively.

There are 18 athletes from road and track disciplines in this year’s intake for the Upper South Hub.  The hub will also support national mountain biker Hub rider Ethan Rose and National BMX Hub rider Nic Daniels who both reside in the Upper South region.

Head coach Steve Rickerby is the driving force behind the local programme that has experienced an increased interest because of the strong bond between the young cyclists and community support.

“The Hub programme is all about nurturing and developing local talent. Last year our athletes consistently podium-ed at the Vantage Elite & U19 Track Nationals, and junior road and track events throughout the country. The junior men’s team pursuit won gold at the Junior World Track Champs which proves the programme is delivering results,” said Rickerby.

“We have the support of the local Canterbury community with local companies and organisations like Apollo Projects, the Gardner Family, Mainland Trust, John Van Opzeland and of course national programme sponsor Subway New Zealand in our corner.  It means we can build momentum and create great coaching opportunities to fully develop more young riders to flow into the elite space.”

Local Subway franchise owners are integral to supporting local riders throughout the year. Kieran McPhee and Stan Green, franchise owners in Christchurch, have praised the Subway Regional Performance Hub programme for the support it has provided to budding riders.

“We love being able to fuel young riders from across the Canterbury region with fresh and delicious subs, salads, wraps and paninis.  We’re excited to see how far these riders will go and it’s awesome knowing that we’re part of that journey.”

The new Upper South Performance Hub riders are:

Jenna Borthwick (Christchurch, Track Sprint/Endurance), Henrietta Christie (Rolleston, Road), Logan Currie (Christchurch, Track Endurance), Sami Donnelly (Christchurch, Track Endurance – Junior Worlds), Erin Downie (Christchurch,Track Endurance), Jack Drage (Motukarara, Road/Track Endurance), Mikaela Grant (Christchurch, Track Endurance/Road), Kaio Lart (Nelson – Track Sprint), Annamarie Lipp (Christchurch, Road), Sebastian Lipp (Christchurch, Track Sprint), Hugo Jones (Christchurch, Track Endurance), Ryan Macleod (Christchurch, Road/Track Endurance), Bailey O’Donnell (Christchurch, Road/Track Endurance), Griffyn Spencer (Christchurch, Track Endurance/Road), Charlotte Spurway (Christchurch, Road/Track Endurance), Amelia Sykes (Christchurch, Track Sprint/Endurance), Liam Taylor (Christchurch, Track Endurance/Road)

Supported riders:

Nic Daniels (Christchurch, National BMX Performance Hub), Ethan Rose (Darfield, National Mountain Bike Performance Hub).

Photo: Eugene Bonthuys

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