by New Zealand’s TM, Tony Woodcock

Yesterday was cycling’s last day of competition for our NZ Team guy’s & girls.

Racing was being held at the Float@Marina Bay,the venue of the opening ceremony,surrounded by high rise building’s & an impressive marina,with the weather at it’s hottest yet, around 33 degree’s.
First up was the ladies Time Trials over a 3km circuit of the newly formed F1 race track which is to host next months first F1 under lights race meet around the streets of Singapore.
Sarah-Kate must have saved all her energy up for this one,with an awesome 4th fastest time,out of the 32 other Junior women competing,maybe the inspiring talk from NZ Olympic legend Barbara Kendall the day before rubbed off on Sarah-Kate, as she had all gun’s blazing in this event.
Next up was the 48km road race ,around a circuit of the city,then proceeding into Marina Bay.
94 male Juniors would line up on the start line for what was to be a very exciting race,taking into account there’s Roady’s,Mountain Bikers & crazy Bmxer’s in the mix….
Our Junior Men’s Team of Denay Cottam,Sam Shaw, Trent Woodcock (Still layed up in Hospital) would tackle this event all knowing the heat & the speed of the race would see many dropped from the race pretty early.
The mass start was hectic with strong European riders charging for the front on the first corner,withen the completion of the first lap Sam Shaw had already fell victim to a mass pile up of rider’s with Shaw flying airborne over the group ending his chances of a top finish,but rejoining the race after having a rear wheel replaced that resembled a bent banana.
The time’s for the 10k loop were around the 9 minute mark,with a break away group forming pretty quick & most of the Bmxer’s struggling with the fast pace,it was left to the fast Roadys to battle for honours.
Denay Cottam was also in contention,hanging in with the lead bunch until the final 3 k mark,in which the Belgium rider made a break by himself putting 15 seconds on the bunch,with Denay trying to stay on his wheel it didn’t happen,with Denay crossing the line in the bunch at a credible 18th spot,looking over the riders who placed in front of him,i think he rode a pretty fine race.
So with this event ending,a combination of Time Trial-Bmx-Mountain Bike-Road race Teams event,our final placings are as below,as a Team, NZ finished in 20th spot,not to bad considering we were down one rider in the Road race,lost a peddle in the final lap of the mountain bike race,which caused Sam to go from 12th to last place on the last lap ,then his crash in the road race,then loosing Trent in the Bmx Semi’s,getting a DNF,i guess just maybe,the Team could have pulled a few more placings back….

Here’s the results from each event,All placings are out of 32 competitors,except the Road race which is out of 94 competitors.

    • Denay Cottom – Time Trial 12th,Road Race 18th.
    • Sarah-Kate McDonald – Mountain Bike 14th,Bmx 12th,Time Trial 4th.
    • Sam Shaw – Mountain Bike 20th – Road Race DNF.
    • Trent Woodcock – Bmx Time Trial 5th, Bmx final placing 11th,Road Race DNS.
Despite some unlucky results,i certainly know each of our Team guy’s & our cycle team staff of John & myself have undoubtedly enjoyed this fantastic event,as I’m sure each of these fine young athletes will have many hour’s of memorable storys to tell there mates on there return home.
So to each of you guy’s in our Team,well done,its been an awesome journey,and i wish you all success in your futures ahead.
After all,you guy’s are NZ’s cycling’s First ”Youth Olympians ”and that’s something to be pretty proud of.
I’ll have a full story with Pic’s going into the Endurance Mag on our return.
Tony T