Amazing results at 2020 AGRN culminating in Big Jack and the Beast Jenna winning UCI titles
Superlatives dont fit just how well our team went at the 2020 AGRN. It started off with Shona winning silver in the Masters 6 TT in a PB time and then was quickly followed by Rochie winning silver in the Masters 5 TT averaging 370+w... PB by a long shot, so who says age slows you down? Then young Jenna had a great tussle with Henrietta in the U19 to win silver by the smallest of margins. Then to finish TT day Logan followed on from his U19 title last year, burning up the road to win the U23 title in a wicked average speed. On road race day Logan finished 3rd in the U23 road race with a great performance. Then came the two UCI races for U19 and Jenna got into a break with Henrietta Christie and Ella Wylie, showing climbing skills we only hoped she had and then won the gallop for the title and jersey. The final race of the day was a world class U19 field, and Jack and Hamish Sadler went about destroying the field within the first few kms. Only 8 could go with them...the next lap it was only 5 left...then 3..then finally just Jack and Hamish. They continued to take time out of the field getting out to a 4 and a half minute lead before a tactical sprint where Jack won the title and jersey. Bloody spectacular and thanks for choosing TGC for your coaching.
Our 2020 team
Logan Currie, Benji Ward, Zane Pruden
Erin Downie, Jenna Borthwick, Jack Drage
Sammie Walker, Maddi Lowry
Mary Jones, Shona McGrath
Dave Roche, Stu Wise, James Scott, Graeme Litt, Clark Wilson, Craig Trethaway, Peter Hodges, Jaco Visser
Age Group Track Nationals Success for our team
TGC riders produced National title winning performances and all did personal best times at the recent Age Group Track Nationals. Leading the way was Graeme Litt, beating the current world Individual Pursuit Champion on his way to gold in the Pursuits..and followed this up with 3 more titles. Maddi Lowry surprised many except her coach winning her maiden National title in the U17 Points Race and then joined her team mate Sammie Walker in winning silver in the Teams Pursuit, and the they went on to win bronze in the Madison. Clark Wilson had a huge championship and won silver in the Kerin in a tight finish, whilst Craig Trethaway did massive PBs and was right at the pointy end in all races. Well done team :-)
Jenna dominates U19 Nationals
Following on from a successful Oceania Track Champs , Jenna has dominated the National Championships winning 5 individual titles from 5 starts. She also gained a silver with Micky in the Teams Sprint, and bronze with Erin, Micky and Charlotte in the Teams Pursuits (fastest U19 team).
Go the "Beast"
The boys big breakthrough... podium at 2020 Elite Track Nats
Josh and Hugo finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Individual Pursuit last week at the 2020 Elite Track Nationals with both guys riding under the magic 4-20 mark, with Josfh going 4-16 and Hugo 4-19. Absolutely world class efforts and the went on to win the NZ Teams Pursuit championship in a record time along with team mates Laurence Pithie and Ryan McLeod.
Jenna makes the Oceas her own
16 year old Jenna Borthwick not only won 4 gold medals at the recent Oceania Track Champs, but also set a new Championship record in the process. What makes this feat all the more impressive is that Jenna is still U17 until the end of the year. Jenna won the Individual and Teams Pursuit, Keirin and Madison along with Charlotte Spurway. Fantastic work :-)
Josh and Hugo back in black
Josh Scott and Hugo Jones performed PBs at the recent Oceania Champs to gain selection in the NZ development team for the upcoming track world cup in Cambridge. Josh did a massive PB going under 4-20 and Hugo rode a very nicely controlled ride to go 4-25. Good luck men
St Margarets College TTT at recent South Island Schools Champs
Well done to all the girls at the recent South Island Schools Championships. Jenna winning two titles and all of the other girls racing hard out over the weekend. Big thanks to Graeme and Sarah, and also thank you to all of the parents who came out to support the girls...and the coffees and cake :-)
Logan gives them some curry at Road Nationals
Logans performance topped off a great day for TGC riders, which started with Mary Jones winning the Masters women 60-64 Time trial title, followed shortly after by Jenna (the beast) Borthwick's fine silver medal in the U17 womens Time Trial. Then Dave Roche won bronze in the Masters men 55-59 age group. Max, Hugo, Erin, Jack and Maddi all had super rides and PB times. Of particular mention Erin did hers on her road bike with clip ons, but disconnected her rear brake..hence she went off the road at the turn... lesson to be learnt ay Magpie 1... as she was only a handful of seconds away from top 5.
Graeme stands on top of the world...again
A crash in training a day before the World Champs couldnt stop Graeme defending his world sprint title. Even with a badly damaged shoulder that later required surgery, The wee battler toughened up and showed true kiwi grit to win.