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
- North Island individual road race
- New Zealand secondary school individual championships
- New Zealand national schools championships
- Hamilton city cycling and Waikato Bay of Plenty championships
St Paul’s offers track cycling at the Avantidrome in Cambridge. To ride on the Avantidrome riders complete an accreditation course. This consists of at least four instructed rides. Following accreditation, riders gain experience by working with others in open school sessions. Progressing from here they can take part in inter-school racing. There is a small cost associated with track racing including:
- $10 per ride during accreditation course with additional accreditation fee
- $10 per session (after accreditation course). This price includes entry and use of a track bike
- Riders are able to use the School’s track bikes at Dey St. There would be a cost of $5 to cover maintenance and repair.
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.