Howick girl represents KZN in cycling

2015-01-27 00:00

HOWICK High School Grade 8 pupil Megan Caldecott is set to take on the best cyclists in her age group next week at the SA Road and Time Trial Championships in Nelspruit.

Megan goes into the champs after being crowned U14 Girls KZN Road Cycling Champion two weeks ago in Ladysmith.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Megan retraced her cycling journey with the help of her father, Kevin.

“I have been a road cyclist for some time and Megan wanted to join me when she was still quite young. I said no originally because of her age and the danger of the road. So she started with mountain biking in the School Mongoose Series,” Kevin said.

As mountain biking is more prominent during the winter months, Kevin introduced Megan to track cycling at the Sax Young Track in Pietermaritzburg. “She was actually a track cyclist before she took to the road and she also holds two SA records,” Kevin said.

With track cycling her main passion, Megan took up road cycling on the side and the two disciplines began to complement each other. She trains on the track on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while hitting the road with Burg Wheelers Cycling Club on weekends with her father.

Looking back on her recent success, Megan finished second in the KZN time trial race before winning the 30 km road race to claim first place overall in Ladysmith, highlighting her strength for longer distances.

“With the time trial, you basically have to sprint for a long period of time. I prefer the road races and the longer distances,” Megan said.

“I would love to become a professional cyclist in the future with the help of a trainer,” she added.

While she comes to grips with the rigours of high school life, Megan has a busy few months of cycling ahead.

After next week’s SA Road and Time Trial Champs, the KZN track championships get under way in Pietermaritzburg. If she performs well there, Megan could be off to the SA track champs in April before the road cycling season gets back into gear.

Megan and her father will travel to Nelspruit together for next week’s championships — although they are not quite sure what to expect of the opposing riders.

“Unfortunately, girls’ cycling is still developing, so we have no clue who she’ll be up against. Last year there were only five girls competing at the SA champs. But every year, there are more riders competing,” Kevin said.

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