Busy schedule for cycling starlet

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Maddi Lowry riding the 500m time trial at Southland Under 19 Championships. PHOTO EUGENE BONTHUYS MEDIA

Ashburton College cyclist Maddi Lowry has multiple events lined up at the Canterbury Track Cycling Championship later this month and is hoping once again to be selected for the nationals next month.

The 16-year-old has stepped up from competing at under 17 level to Under 19s this season and is among a group of talented young female Canterbury cyclists including former Ashburton cyclist Jenna Borthwick.

Maddi trains six days a week and is riding morning and nights some days.

She travels three times a week to Christchurch, but will up that to five in the lead up to the nationals.

Her busy programme at the Canterbury championships will include scratch, points, elimination, keirin, time trial and sprint events.

She is coached by Terry Gyde in Christchurch and also by Steve Rickerby at the Cycling NZ Upper South Performance Hub.

Maddi said she enjoyed all her racing, but the points race was a favourite.

The endurance race featured sprints every 10 laps, when points were awarded to the first five riders over the line, and accumulated points determined the winner.

“I’m a bigger fan of endurance races, like the points and madison, rather than sprints because I’ve got good stamina.

“But, basically, I just love to get on the bike and compete.”

Maddi has got over recent sore hamstrings and a back ache and is looking forward to her races.

The move up to under 19 racing has meant bigger gearing on her bike. The track bike also has carbon discs fitted and is faster.

Maddi won a national title last year and her ultimate goal is to represent her country.

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