Makenzie S (12B) has ridden many thousands of kilometres on local and interstate roads during the 2017 road racing season which ran February to August.
In her first season of road cycling, Mackenzie’s goals were modest but her effort was exceptional. Throughout the season she was training six days per week including local club races out of Kooragang Island. Naturally this included riding to and from home to her club events, being almost 200km a weekend. On top of this, her two gym sessions a week were guided by a personal trainer who sometimes required two sessions in the one day.
Testament to Makenzie’s competitive spirit and love of the sport is her weekly training at the Dunc Grey Velodrome in Sydney, with the NSW Track Squad.
Since January 2017, Makenzie has competed in events in Canberra, Eastern Creek, Kurri Kurri, Bathurst, Mittagong, Tasmania, Penrith, Coonabarrabran to Gunnedah, and Nowra. Taking in the sights of regional NSW roads was gruelling, invigorating and ultimately rewarding as she medalled in multiple events including the NSW U19 Championships, and chased closely those competitors in Open women’s divisions also.
With the 2017 road season coming to an end Mackenzie is focusing on local events and the transition to the velodrome season which runs October 2017 to February 2018.
“The next serious event that I have coming up will be held on 30th September, the Mick Chapman Memorial Road Race at Kurri Kurri. After this event, I will be transitioning from the Road racing season to the Velodrome season. If I continue to gain fitness within my transition, I will be competing in the North Island of NZ in November for Velodrome representing NSW.”
Makenzie’s focus for 2018 is to continue to improve her performances in the road season, and produce better results in the same events now that she has a benchmark from her 2017 results.
Major Event Summary 2017
January: Oceania Road Championships, Canberra
February: NSW Elite Criterium Championships, Eastern Creek
March: Orica Kermese, Kurri Kurri
March: Criterium races (Bathurst to Blaney)
April: NSW U19 & Elite Road Race Championships, Mittagong (3rd)
April: Junior and Women’s Tour, Canberra. Three-day event featuring four races. (3rd in road race, 4th overall for four events)
April: Tour of Mersey Valley, Tasmania. Three races including a time trial and two road races
June: Sydney Road Titles, Penrith (3rd)
June: Handicap Road Race Coonabarabran to Gunnedah and Road Race Gunnedah to Tamworth
July: NSW Club Team Time Trial Championships (U19s team placed 4th behind elite Women)
July: Nowra Road Race (7th)