The Cycling Academy at St Peter’s, Cambridge began in 2014 to coincide with the opening of the velodrome. Having this world-class facility and CyclingNZ on site provides unrivalled opportunities for aspiring cyclists in road, track, and mountain biking. Led by former Olympic, World Championships and Commonwealth Games cyclists Zac Williams on the track and NZ Triathlete and Road Cyclist Anna Wilkinson. Both coaches are Avantidome coaches and interns with the Cycling NZ and Waikato/Bay of Plenty Hub programme.Tim and Fiona Carswell, tThe Cycling Academy provides holistic, tailored programmes that develop talent and provide pathways for students to excel, from beginner to high performance level.

Programme Structure

Our prep squad caters for Years 7–8 students, introducing them to bunch cycling on quiet roads, track cycling in the velodrome, and mountain biking.

Our triathlon and cross-training programme is designed to build fitness for other sports.

Our mountain biking programme provides coaching in the specific skills required for mountain biking on local tracks each week on Wednesday during the summer terms.

Our development squad is a road and track cycling team that competes in club nights, regional events and national events. Riders participate in multiple training sessions per week. Development Squad members receive a high level of coaching input, including individualised training support and goal setting. They also have access to nutrition, fitness and sports psychology services. The Development Squad benefits from training sessions in the velodrome and specialised team time trial training. 

Our elite squad is for high performance road and track athletes. The programme replicates the Development Squad programme with higher intensity and a greater emphasis on gym-based strength and fitness training. Our elite riders benefit greatly from the velodrome where they can continue to develop their skills year-round. Our Elite Performance Squad competes in regional and national competitions.

Meet the Coaches

Anna Wilkinson - Road Coach
Anna has a competitive background in triathlon, representing New Zealand at two world championships and claiming National and North Island titles in both road cycling and multisport. Anna is an accredited Cycling New Zealand Coach, Avantidrome Coach and is currently an intern with the Cycling New Zealand Waikato/Bay of Plenty Hub Programme. Anna is also a current student at the University of Waikato, majoring in Human Performance Science.

Zac Williams - Track Coach
Zac is a 24 year old elite track cyclist who has represented New Zealand at Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship level. After six years of racing his bike around the world he is stepping into coaching as a way of furthering his cycling career as well as helping the next generation of riders. Off the bike he is studying to be a commercial pilot, enjoys watching a variety of sport and has a love of travelling.

Cycling Accolades

  • Numerous national age group titles and medals in track and road cycling
  • Track, road, mountain bike and BMX champions at regional level
  • NZ representatives at Oceania and World Age Group Championships

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