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More than 300 young cyclists representing schools throughout Central Otago, took part in the annual Top Bike competition at Molyneux Park, Alexandra, on Monday, April
12.

The competition saw school teams competing in three disciplines throughout the day, each vying to be crowned as the Top Bike champions.

The competition was split into two sections, years 5 and 6 and years 7 and 8.

The three disciplines involved a skills test, a mountain bike team time trial and grass track racing.

Despite rain threatening to curtail the day’s activities, organisers completed the day successfully.

First equal in the year 5 and 6 division were the Hawea Crusaders (Hawea Flat Primary School) and the Shotover Zap teams. (Shotover Primary School, Queenstown)

The Holy Family Blue team (Holy Family Catholic School, Wanaka) won third place.

In the year 7 and 8, first place went to the Cromwell College Vulcans, second place went to the Shotover Whizz team with the Shotover Blast team in third place.

Top Bike has been running for several years and is conducted by Cycling Southland in conjunction with Sport Central.

Development officer for Cycling Southland Glen Thomson said he was impressed by the calibre of competition at this year’s competition.

“This competition has exposed many fine athletes over the years with no fewer that 16 competitors launching cycling careers from here and representing New Zealand in various cycling disciplines in ensuing years.’’

Sport Central events manager Jo Knight was impressed by the skills and school pride that the young riders exhibited.

“It is very obvious that Top Bike remains as a very popular date on the schools’ calendar, with the record entry this year certainly reinforcing that,” Ms Knight said.