Track Cycling

Lochie Foote puts his pedal to the metal on the track –


St Peter’s College student Lochie Foote has been riding for a year and already has a national track title.

The 13-year-old has already won a silver medal at the National Track Cycling Championships and produced a string of other good results this year.

Lochie is a year 9 student at St Peter’s College and has had been riding track and road for about a year. 

He won a silver medal in the team sprint with Whanganui’s Jack Overweel​ at the National Track Cycling Championships in Cambridge last month.

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This season, he has also won a bronze in the omnium at the Wellington Championships, as well as a bronze in the scratch race and silver in the time trial at the West Coast North Island championships in Whanganui.

Lochie is also a mountain biker and has been doing that since he was 9.

But at school last year he saw a notice for people wanting to have a go at cycling. He turned up on a mountain bike, but quickly took to cycling and got a road bike not long after.

He has long been riding the trails at Arapuke Forest Park, as well as the roads north of Ashhurst.

Lochie doesn’t have a coach, but is mentored by friend and Palmerston North rider Mitchell Kinghorn.

At the end of term two Lochie will ride the North Island Road Cycling Championships, then the National Championships at the end of term three.

He is also a good academic student and since he started cycling his focus on his school work has gone up.

“Cycling has been the best thing for me.”

There’s about 12 riders in the school’s cycling programme, which started three years ago.