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Auckland schools dominate last day of Perry Foundation cycling

By:
Antonio J. Salmerón
Published:
September 29, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:52 BST
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Latest Cycling News, September 29, 2008

After being edged out in the team time trial and the road race, Auckland Grammar flexed their...

After being edged out in the team time trial and the road race, Auckland Grammar flexed their muscles on the final day of the Perry Foundation national secondary school cycling championships in Feilding.

Alexander Ray, better known to his cycling friends as the "Grammar Hammer", took out the under-20 points race with an emphatic display around the Manfeild Autocourse.

Ray won three of the seven sprints in the 14-lap, 42km race to manage 23 points, and had the title in his grasp before the final sprint. He finished clear of school-mate and fellow Pro-Velo rider Aaron Gate, who won the final two sprints to finish with 15 points with Dunstan High School's Patrick Williamson third.

Chloe Harding-Sheath (Massey High, Auckland) took out the girls under 20 race and added her name to an impressive list of former champions that includes Sarah Ulmer, Catherine Cheatley and Suzy Pryde. She finished with 13 points and also had the title decided before the final sprint in the 24km race.

Auckland Grammar's George Scott won the opening three sprints to dominate the under-17 boys title from James Northey (Westlake) while Daniel Cross edged out his Westlake mate Ryan Lowther-Smith by one point in the under-16s.

Alex Stancliffe made it a double by adding the points race to his win in the road race, scoring 15 points in the under-15 race, with fellow Kristin College team-mate Hardy Mitchel runner-up, as he was yesterday.

The under-14 honours went to Joel MacManus (Garin College, Nelson) when he won all three sprints to finish ahead of Sean Kirby (Sacred Heart, Auckland) while Rainier Jackson (St Kentigern) edged out Callum Ross (Whangaparaoa) on countback in the year 7-8.

Grace Mitchell (Diocesan Auckland) was too strong for Henrietta Mitchell (Baradene) in the under-17 girls while Danyela Van Der Sande (St Cuthberts) won the under-16 title by just one point from Alina Varoy (St Kentigern).

The under-15 honours went to Sophie Williamson (Dunstan College), following her older brother Patrick on to the podium today. She won with 11 points from Racquel Sheat (Whangaparaoa) with nine.

Devon Hiley (St Cutherbert) won the under-14 contest by one point from Robin Hacker-Cary (Waikato Diocesan) and Amelia Retter (Auckland Diocesan) beat off the challenges in the year 7-8 race.

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