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Mexican altitude challenges cyclists
By LOUISE BERWICK
Four New Zealand cyclists will be
aiming for gold at this week's world cup
The New Zealand representative team,
which includes two Invercargill riders,
trained in Invercargill last week before
they left for Mexico on Sunday. They
start racing today.
Invercargill sprinters Eddie Dawkins
and Matt Archibald will take to the
track in the team sprints, with Sam
Webster and Ethan Mitchell hoping to
race their way to glory and a qualifying
spot in the world championships later
in the year.
Team coach Justin Grace said the
riders were doing ''very, very well'' in
training and the team expects to place
at the event.
''We never go there without expecting
that any more.
''We will be looking for a couple of
medals for it.''
But the event will offer an extra test for
some of the riders, with the competition
taking place at a high altitude.
Grace said that meant that the air
would be thinner, which was ''great''
for sprinting conditions because the
riders did not need as much oxygen
when sprinting, but with most of the
team having never competed in those
conditions before it would also be a new
experience for them.
The Mexico event is the third and final
in the series of world cup events, all
three determining who will be selected
for the world championships later in
the year. The event finishes on
Brilliant bikes: Recipients of bikes assembled by the Intellectual Disability Empowerment and Action group participants show their new bikes off
at a presentation in Glengarry. From back left, Izaha McGregor, 10, Devin Sparrow, 17, Darryl Smith, Carmen Bevan and Natasha Molloy. In the front
is Richard Wade.
Team calls on community
Bike repairers need more bike bits
What: Old parts need by group to recycle
To donate old bikes or parts, contact:
John Brannon on 021 805 871. Email:
As part of the Intellectual Disability
Empowerment and Action services
group's recycling bikes project, seven
people put together and repaired 24
bikes last year, benefiting people
throughout Invercargill who are not
fortunate enough to have one.
In a small backyard shed in Invercargill,
a group of intellectually disabled people
have been bringing a bit of joy to their
community but they need our help.
They're calling on Southlanders to
donate old bicycle parts. Why? As part of
the Intellectual Disability Empowerment
and Action services group's recycling
bikes project, seven people put together
and repaired 24 bikes last year,
benefiting people throughout
Invercargill who are not fortunate
enough to have one.
But the programme, which allows
disabled people to integrate into the work
force, needs more donations of second
hand bikes and bike parts to continue
Programme participant Richard Wade
said he had enjoyed making the bikes as
it had allowed him to improve a range of
skills and experience in the workforce,
which will hopefully enable him to enter
the work force this year.
As one of the most experienced people in
the programme it had also given him
confidence in his abilities and the
satisfaction of seeing people benefit from
his hard work.
Programme facilitator John Brannon
said the the programme continued to
grow, with finished bikes being donated
to schools and local organisations to
distribute to people in need, but they
were hoping for more donations.
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