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Cycling siblings Tineke, Konrad and Amwolf Artz.

Siblings Tineke, Konrad and Amwolf Artz have cleaned up at the Tinwald Cycling Club’s junior winter series and plan on taking their good road form on to the track.

The junior cyclists won their respective A, B and C grade competitions and Konrad finished just two points behind his brother in the overall points classification.

The energetic trio now have a short break before they jump on fixed wheel and brakeless bikes to race at the Tinwald velodrome.

The winter road racing ran for around 10 weeks and was covid-interrupted.

Amwolf, 11, Tineke, 9, and Konrad, 8, enjoyed a mix of time trials, short races, team relays and a hill race.

They practised a number of road racing skills, including drafting and tight turns, and took part in handicapped races ranging from 100m up to 8000m.

Amwolf Artz said he enjoyed cycling because it was “fun, competitive and awesome”.

He preferred the track because he went faster and could clock up speeds of around 50km/h.

His siblings said they had no particular preference and enjoyed jumping on the two different styles of bike.

The youngsters are coached and encouraged by Tinwald Cycling Club volunteers Don Kirdy, Amanda Evans and Don Sutton.

They are able to borrow both road and track bikes and cycling shoes, if needed.

The upcoming track season starts soon and will include training nights on Monday and Tuesdays and Friday race nights.

Mother of the cycling siblings, Lauretta Artz, said there was a great family atmosphere at the club.

“It really is an amazing club and the facilities for a town of Ashburton’s size are amazing.

“The club makes cycling affordable and being able to borrow bikes and tap into the cycling knowledge is just so good.”

She said her children had started at Whizz Wheels at the velodrome six years ago and had progressed up the grades.