Cyclist earns national development selection

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Brightwater mountainbiker Scott Barr’s dream of becoming a professional rider became a little more real last week when he was named in the newly formed national junior development squad.
Scott is one of eight cross-country riders selected for the Torpedo7-sponsored squad which will be training for under-19 races at the national mountainbike champs in Rotorua in February and the Oceania champs at Mt Hutt in March.
The 16-year-old Waimea College student will also race in the New Zealand Cup which will be held in Canterbury on January18-19 and Nelson on February 2-3.
“I really want to race full-time so this is a big step along that pathway for me,” Scott says. “It’s going to be a big advantage good training with the squad for nationals and then the Oceanias.”
It is the first time that Scott has been named in a national team although his selection is no surprise after recording a series of impressive results at national level. He first came to the selectors attention when he won the under-15 national secondary school’s title in 2011 and followed that up by winning the under-17 nationals last year and the under-17 New Zealand Cup this year.
Scott is determined to continue producing top results and has been training hard on the trails around the region.
“I mostly ride on the Codgers tracks or around the Richmond Hills and sometimes I get out to Kaiteriteri. I also do a bit of road riding which is good training and it’s also nice to get out with other riders.”
Scott says he also enjoys getting out with his father Darrin, who is also a keen rider, once or twice a week. “It’s fun riding with dad although he has trouble keeping up now.”