The road cycling programme at St Paul’s Collegiate School is offered all-year-round to students of all abilities.
Students can opt to take part in the sport throughout the whole year or as one of their sport options for summer or winter.
Training involves group riding sessions in the summer months with extra direction of how to increase performance and endurance. In the winter months, riders spend some time on the road with sessions on wind trainers included to maximise their time and effort.
Most school racing occurs during the winter months and riders often take the opportunity to ride with local clubs or take part in organised public events during the summer. Some of the events that students participate in include:
- Waikato based competitions: club and school (Hamilton City Cycling, Te Awamutu Club, WBOP Schools Championships)
- North Island individual road race and criterium
- Northern tour, comprising individual time trial, hill climb and criterium
- New Zealand national schools' championships
Dates for cycling competitions 2020
3 June: Waikato BOP Schools
4 – 5 July: North Island School Road Championships – Cambridge
6 – 7 July: North Island & National School Track Championships – Cambridge
5 – 6 September: Northern School Tour – Auckland
26 – 28 September: National School Road Championships – Palmerston North
New riders are taken through a learn-to-ride training initiative which places emphasis on road safety, how to act on the road and how to behave when riding with others. Riders also learn what to do in different road situations.
Ben Van Meygaarden (teacher in charge and coach)