2014 Racing Update

Auckland Secondary Schools Mountain Bike Series

(see also: Jafakids Calendar)

After many years of organising a great Auckland Secondary Schools Mountain Bike Series with help from ASB College Sport, Sadie Parker, Hira Wynyard and Rod Haag have handed over the reins.

The event needed to be led by a teacher and Jon Hasler from Auckland Grammar has kindly stepped up to be the main organiser. Lara Craggs (Auckland Grammar parent and Jafakids committee member) has been involved in the organisation with Jon as well as having some  input from Blair Woodhead (Coach for MacLeans College) and our Jafakids Chairman Neil Welsford.

The 3 races from the Auckland Secondary School series have been combined with the 4 race Auckland Grammar Winter Series Jon Hasler has run for 10 years!  For 2014 the new combined series will consist of 5 races.

It was stressed to us that we must avoid the dates for the Road Time Trials.

 In selecting the dates for the Mountain Bike Series, we were also careful to avoid the dates of the N Duro Winter Series, the Moonride and Taupo Thriller.  This actually left very few dates available to us.

Jon Hasler has worked tirelessly to try and organise a NZ Secondary Schools Event in Auckland.  At this stage, it is looking like the Otago Mountain Bike Club will be organising the NZSS National Champs event for 2014 in the October school holidays next year.  Jon Hasler has been passionate about having an event in the North Island to give all the up and coming mountain bike school riders and racers a go.  This event has been sanctioned by NZSSSC, MTBNZ, BikeNZ, NZSCA and ASB College Sport.  The idea is that the North Island Secondary Schools Mountain Bike Champs will become an annual event. It is hoped that the North Island (Auckland) will host the National Champs in 2015. Thereafter – taking turns with the South Island.

The NISS event will be run in Hunua on the weekend of 22/23 March.  More details will follow on this, but we will be needing the support of Jafakids and all other interested parties and sponsors to make a success of this “Auckland” North Island Secondary Schools Event.  The results from the cross country race at this event will also be included as part of the Auckland Secondary Schools series.  It will form race 1 of the 5 race series.  This event is already on the website for the Auckland School Sports Co-ordinators to see.

All Jafakids riders should be encouraged to take part in the Auckland Secondary Schools Series.  The venues will be confirmed later and we will be seeking the support of Jafakids and Schools/parents to volunteer help at these events:

Race 1   NISS Event Hunua 22/23 March
Race 2 Sunday 1 June (Queen’s Birthday weekend)
Race 3 Sunday 15 June
Race 4 Sunday 17 August
Race 5 Sunday 31 August

To be in contention to win the series, you need to take part in 4 of the 5 races.

Other Races for Jafakids

We have a very busy calendar of events, something for everyone.  Some of our top XC racers will be taking part in the following events:

Bike NZ – NZ Cup Round 1 Wellington Sunday 19 January
Bike NZ – NZ Cup Round 2 Nelson 1-2 February
Bike NZ Nationals Rotorua 15 February
Oceania’s Mt Hutt 14-16 March

Rotorua Race dates for 2014:

The following events are either team or solo events suitable for all Jafakids.

  • Moonride – currently advertised for 28/29 March
  • NDuro24 – 25/26 April
  • N Duro Winter Series Race 1 – Sunday 6 July
  • N Duro Winter Series Race 2 – Sunday 3 August
  • N Duro Winter Series Race 3 – Sunday 7 September (Father’s Day weekend)

Auckland Secondary School Time Trials

For those Jafakids that take part in the (road cycling) time trials, the following dates have been confirmed:

  • TTT 1 – Sunday 18th May
  • TTT 2 – Sunday 8th June
  • TTT3 – Sunday 22nd June
  • Saver day – Sunday 29th June
  • TTT 4 – 27th July
  • TTT 5 – 10th August
  • TTT 6 – 24th August
  • TTT 7 – 14 September
  • Saver day – 21st September

In addition to these events Stu Smith (Jafakid parent) with Auckland Secondary School Cycling is organising a road race series (proposed to be sanctioned by ASB College Sport) which some of you might be interested in.  The dates for these races are:

  • 11 May
  • 25 May (in conjunction with the North Harbour Tour)
  • 3 August

Any queries, offers of help, sponsorship, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Lara Craggs
Jafakids Parent Committee

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