Youngsters compete for cycle glory
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
compete for cycle glory
Fourteen students from across the
region will put their cycling skills to the test this Friday
30 November in a bid to become Central District’s Young
Cyclist of the Year.
The competitors, all aged between 10
and 13, have already experienced success at a district level
and are eager to take the regional title in the 12th year of
The event will be held at Barber Hall on
Waldegrave Street in Palmerston North and Horizons Regional
Council road safety coordinator Glenda Leitao says at this
stage it’s anyone’s game.
“We’ve got a huge number
of budding young cyclists in our region and Young Cyclist is
a fantastic way to enhance students’ cycle skills and
improve cycle safety,” she says.
“We work in
conjunction with the New Zealand Police to pull it all
together on the day and it’s always a fun event. I
wouldn’t like to venture a guess as to who might win it
this year as they’re all very competent young
Competition kicks off with a theory test at
9.40am, followed by a road ride and skills test where
students will have to negotiate a series of obstacles
designed to test their knowledge of road rules and
All bikes and gear are checked as
the students arrive and helmets are fitted properly to help
keep cyclists safe.
The seven districts represented at the
event are Manawatu, Ruapehu, Rangitikei, Tararua, Palmerston
North and Horowhenua with one boy and one girl competing
from each district.
Prizes will be awarded for first,
second and third places with a trophy presented to the first
place-getter during a ceremony on the
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