Pithie Riding up a storm

Christchurch Boys High School

The Vantage Age Group National Track Cycling Championships were held in Invercargill over the weekend.

Around 170 riders nationwide flocked to the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome to battle it out for age group and Masters titles over three days.

Rising Canterbury star and Christchurch Boys’ High School student Laurence Pithie enjoyed an outstanding meeting.

Pithie was the first rider to break a New Zealand record in the U17 2000m Individual Pursuit. Pithie rode 2:15.674 in qualifying for the final, bettering the time of Tasman’s Finn Fisher-Black.

Pithie followed this up by winning the gold medal during the evening’s final.“It was a pretty tough ride this morning, and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to back it up tonight but I managed to do 0.5 sec of my morning time so I’m pretty pleased with that,” said Pithie.

Pithie added two more gold medals to his tally on the second day of the Championships.

Pithie was fastest qualifier in the Under-17 boys sprint and continued his success throughout the elimination races before taking on local Southland rider Mitchell Fitzsimmons in the finals. The Cantabrian proved too strong to win in two straight rides in the best of three final.

The Canterbury rider also managed to win the 7.5km scratch race against a field of 18 riders. Pithie rode a smart race to secure, pacing himself, to win

Pithie added another gold to his tally on Sunday when his Canterbury team won the under-17 sprint.  

Pithe first featured at a National level when he won the National U15 time trial in 2016.