Tauranga Development Squad

In early 2018 Mountainbike Tauranga had a number of riders consistently performing on the national junior stage in different areas of Mountain Biking. I established the Performance Team as a pilot representative team of the Junior Development process. Racing around New Zealand and in Australia over Cross Country, Enduro and Downhill the riders achieved multiple top 5 placings in their categories at the a high level in their disciplines. In 2020 we introduced the Development Squad. A larger team with more guidance and support from one another. The team has had its up and downs behind the scenes but has achieved some epic results for individual development as well as on paper. From multiple riders pushing through challenging injuries, mechanical issues at key races, riders self funding travelling overseas to have races cancelled, in team adversity, and COVID 19 putting a whole season on hold. Resilience is having to be built as the team regains its footing before it takes its next step forward. On paper the team is looking pretty good with four riders ranked inside the top 30 in EWS U21 rankings, and four different riders placing in top 5 at National and Oceania Championships for XCO. Looking into the future we have new spaces opening each year for new riders which fit the culture we have worked so hard to develop. Check out the team website of the Tauranga Development Squad.