Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Introduction

It is great that you are interested in joining the School's Mountain Biking club and being part of one of the most successful secondary schools' mountain bike teams in Auckland.

As a member of the club, you will get to come along to the weekly organised rides all around Auckland, be part of trips to amazing parts of the country to ride on fantastic trails in picturesque locations and race competitively in local and national competitions.

We have an excellent committee of teachers, parents and Old Boys making sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes and also highly experienced coaches to help out.

In 2017, we had our best season for many years, and this was due in large part to parental help with our coaching and fitness rides on Sunday's. Having Old Boy Logan Callesen '08 as the senior coach made a real difference to the fitness levels of all riders as many riders pushed themselves so they could join his elite group.

The New Zealand Secondary School Mountain Biking Championships were held in Rotorua in March as part of the Crankworx festival. Our best results were D. Barclay finishing with a bronze medal in the Under 15s with C. Boness seventh.

In the Under 16s, O. Simcock-Smith was running a comfortable fourth before breaking his chain. C. Baxter was sixth in the Under 17s. In the Under 20s, T. Harvison finished 10th, while G. Wang's lap times would have placed in him in the top six, but he had problems with his derailleur.

The weather made the Down Hill event difficult, with the adult Crankworx events being called off, but the Secondary Schools Downhill went ahead! C. Baxter was placed an impressive fourth in the Under 17s. We also entered two teams in the Cross Country Relay event. Our Under 20 team of O. Simcock-Smith, G. Wang and A. Wyllie came second in New Zealand, only 20 seconds behind first place.
AGS MTB Relay Team 2nd U20 2017
The Under 20 Cross Country Relay team, from left - G. Wang, A. Wyllie and O. Simcock-Smith as silver medalists

The 2017 Auckland Secondary Schools Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships was a four-race series over Terms 2 and 3, and the Auckland Grammar team won the 'Best Male Team' trophy for the series, as well as the Best School trophy based on the best six results of the final race, male or female, from any age group. The improved fitness inspired by having a paid coach this year, the competiveness amongst our riders, and the willingness to give it a go made a real difference to the end results!

Race 1 included a one-two finish in the Under 15s with D. Barclay first, and C. Boness second. In the Under 17s C. Baxter was fifth; and O. Simcock-Smith 7th. In the Under 20s G. Wang was second, T. Harvison was fourtth, and M. Hurring was 10th.

Grammar hosted Race 2, with 22 riders competing. In the Under 20s, A. Wyllie finished first and G. Wang - despite mechanical issues - managed to finish third. T. Harvison finished sixth In the Under 17s - a highly competitive age group, with over 50 riders racing - and two riders finished just outside the top three - C. Baxter was fourth and O. Simcock-Smith was fifth. In the Under 15s C. Boness finished first; and D Barclay was second.

Race 3 was held at Hunua Regional Park. In the Under 15s, D Barclay was first and C. Boness was third. In the Under 17s, Z. Coleman finished eighth. In the Under 20s, G. Wang finished second, T. Harvison was fifth and A. Sue and M. Hurring also finished in the top 10.

Grammar hosted the final at Slater Road, South Head. Amongst the Under 15s, D. Barclay was first and C. Boness third. In the Under 17s, O. Simcock-Smith was third, C. Baxter fourth, and Z. Coleman seventh. In the Under 20s, G. Wang finished third, M. Hurring sixth, A. Sue seventh and G. Bolland eighth.

To decide the Auckland champions, the best three of four results from the races are taken from the series. In the Under 15s, D. Barclay won a gold medal, with C. Boness winning silver. In the Under 17s, C. Baxter finished fifth overall, O. Simcock-Smith was sixth, and Z. Coleman 10th. In the Under 20s, G. Wang won the silver medal, T. Harvison finished was fifth, M. Hurring was seventh, and A. Sue finished eighth.
AGS Trophy Best Male team for 2017 Series
The Auckland Grammar Mountain Biking Team, named the Best Male team for the 2017 series

In October, 15 riders competed in the North Island Secondary School Championships, held in Tauranga. Our best results in the Cross Country were O. Simcock-Smith (third in the Under 16s for the North Island), D. Barclay finished fourth in the Under 15s despite sickness; C. Baxter fifth and Z. Coleman eighth in the Under 17s, and G. Wang seventh in the Under 20s.

The Relay Event was a 1.6 km circuit, almost a 'pump track' in nature so lots of fun. The aim was for a team of three to do as many laps as you could in two hours. The Under 16 team consisting of Z Coleman, D. Barclay and O. Simcock-Smith were North Island Champions completing 22 laps, three laps ahead of Tauranga Boys.

In the Under 20s, our Premier team unfortunately were involved in a major pile up on the first lap with about 10 other teams and found it difficult to make up lost time - they finished sixth on 20 laps, two laps behind the eventual winners.

General Information

Terms played: Full year

Practice times:

  • Term 1 (Tuesday after School) - basic skills (for new riders) and fitness session (for all riders) at Arch Hill Park, Grey Lynn
  • Term 1 (Thursday after School) at Riverhead - serious contenders for Nationals only.
  • Every Sunday, leave School at 7:45am to a variety of places (Woodhill Forest, Riverhead (Arimu Valley), Hunua Ranges, Whitford, Albany, Waharau) for all riders

Costs:

  • $200 club fee which goes towards Race Entry and equipment. Riders must pay for accommodation, food, etc on away trips.
  • Woodhill Fees: Woodhill has an entry fee of $8 for students or $10 for adults. You can buy a year pass if this is more convenient. Other riding locations are free.

Equipment: You will need to have your own mountain bike, helmet, gloves, spare tube, muesli bars, and either water bottle holder or camel back and also need to have a basic level of bike skill and fitness.

Registration: Head to the the School's Mountain Biking page, click Sign Up at the top, and fill in the form. Payment will then be processed through the Parent Portal. You will see the Mountain Biking calendar on this site which will be kept up-to-date with meetings, rides and events.

Once you have signed up, you will be added to the mailing list to get weekly emails with regards to upcoming rides and also get the link to join the Facebook group which will include details of current Mountain Biking events. You can also follow updates and results on the Auckland Secondary Schools Mountain Biking Facebook page.

The Master in Charge of Mountain Biking is Mr Hasler. Students are able to speak to him in the History department during the School day or contact him via email.