Tour of New Zealand Update

By TBHS | Posted: Wednesday April 10, 2019

Our cycling Tour of New Zealand boys are blitzing the field!

The team, consisting of Hayden Jefferson, Thomas Allan, Sam Ritchie, Ollie Smith and Benji Ward, led the group of 150 riders across the finish line on Day 1 from Glenorchy to Queenstown.

Day 2: Hayden was in an early break over the Crown Range which managed to stay away and he managed an amazing 2nd place, while Sam, Benji and Thomas were in another breakaway which unfortunately was caught with 900m to go. Sam 4th, Ollie 5th, Benji 7th and Thomas 11th.

Day 3: saw Hayden Jefferson destroy the previous Wanaka to Omarama (over the Lindis Pass) Record of 3:13.47, finishing the 114km stage in 3:02.08. Hayden was closely followed by Sam Ritchie.

Day 4: it was Sam Ritchie who broke away and won the stage from Mt Cook to Pukaki in a tight finish.

The boys are getting great feedback on their representation of the school and are now set to complete the North Island legs, finishing with a criterium in Wellington on Saturday.

If you want to watch their progress over the 9 stages that take in 630km, they have a Facebook page: Timaru Boys’ High School Tour of New Zealand.