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Taylor gets ready
for world champs
Adrenaline junkie: Madeline Taylor will race down
mountains on two wheels during the next five weeks,
culminating in the World Championships.
What goes up: Napier's Madeline Taylor during practice at the Napier round of
the 2011 New Zealand Downhill Mountainbike Cup.
Here we bike down hills, over there it's
mountains. It is pretty scary...butIlove being
Mountainbiker Madeline Taylor
While most 17-year-olds get ready for school this
morning, Napier s Madeline Taylor will be setting
off on a five-week adrenaline-filled mountainbik-
ing tour -- ending with flying down a mountain on
the world s steepest official course.
Taylor will spend four weeks touring France
and Italy, competing in two world cups and one
national cup before the big one: the UCI World
Mountainbike Companionship in Switzerland.
It is her last year in the junior women s grade
before she steps up to elite women next year, and
she is planning to be standing on the podium.
Pretty much I want to win. I got so close last
year [in Canada] but just couldn t hold it as well
as I wanted to.
With the experience from last year under her
belt and the buildup over the three big races in her
first month in Europe, she believed she would be
at her peak for the championship.
Those crucial first weeks would get her used to
Here we bike down hills, over there it s
mountains. It is pretty scary . . . but I love being
Whether Taylor would even make this trip was
touch and go at the beginning of the year.
Livid red scars still stretch from her wrists to
her elbows; testament to a biking crash in Febru-
ary that left her with both wrists broken.
That came on top of lacerating her liver and
right kidney in a crash in a New Zealand compe-
tition last year, then fracturing her back in a
Those crashes had kept her off the New Zealand
circuit this year, but she took out the Open
Women s Oceania Championship last year.
Despite the setbacks, she was feeling confident
Strong arms were crucial to the sport, and while
hers are not yet 100 per cent, they are not far off.
I just don t think about it, I concentrate on
winning the race.
And were her parents backing her in this sport
that seemed to leave her seriously damaged at
I m sure Mum would like me to play chess or
something but they re really supportive. It s
what s best for me.
Taylor s dad Greg was going with her, while
mum Jan stayed in New Zealand with brother
It will not be all training and racing, with time
out taken for rest and sightseeing as they trav-
elled between events in a campervan.
You have to take breaks from training and
racing, or it does get to you after a while.
Joining Taylor at the world mountain biking
championships will be fellow Hawke s Bay Moun-
tain Bike Club members Brook Macdonald
(Napier) and George Brannigan (Hastings), who
are competing in the elite men s division, and Jay
Barrett from Havelock North, who is in the junior
men s division.
Crushing assault: A home takes a battering in high seas at Haumoana.
Photo: RENE FISCH
Groyne impact study will
give owners 'false hope'
By DIANNE JOYCE
It is wrong to give Haumoana
residents false hope that
they will be allowed groynes
to protect their properties
from erosion, when it s most
unlikely to happen at all ,
regional councillor Alan Dick
The Hawke s Bay Regional
Council last Wednesday con-
sidered a request from Hast-
ings District Council for
$50,000 towards an investiga-
tion into the likely effects on
northward beaches if groynes
Councillors put off commit-
ting funds, instead asking
Hastings councillors to state
where they stood on the issue.
Mr Dick said Hastings
mayor Lawrence Yule had
publicly said the scheme was
Mr Yule has responded,
saying there appeared to be a
a lot of confusion around the
issue and he would meet with
regional councillors to clarify
The district council was
firmly behind using groynes to
protect its $4 million coast
road and residents homes, Mr
But the project depended on
whether consent could be
gained to install them, and
It s a two-step process: can
it get consent, and then how
will it be paid for?
We cannot answer those
questions without the next lot
The two councils had jointly
commissioned a report into
whether, among other things,
a resource consent application
was likely to succeed.
That report, released last
month, found that success
was possible if the application
was led by a local authority
rather than by a residents
However it said before any
application was made, studies
into design and the effects on
northward beaches needed to
be carried out.
Mr Yule said up until now
the regional council had been
really good about running
models on the proposal, and
Hastings was asking it to con-
tribute to the last one.
The request was for $50,000
worth of work, not cash.
This is the last piece of
work in an evolving process.
The proposed scheme,
estimated at $7.7 million, con-
sisted of nine groynes sited
along a two-kilometre stretch
of the Haumoana coast.
Preferred options in the
regional council s coastal pol-
icy were to do nothing or use
soft engineering like planting
dunes to prevent erosion.
The least-favoured option
was hard engineering, such as
groynes, which was in line
with Government policy.
Councillors were divided
over whether it should
contribute more funds for
Mr Dick said he wanted to
hear Hastings council s politi-
cal view, rather than relying
on the request from staff.
Lawrence Yule is on public
record as saying this is not
affordable . . . if [Hastings
council] thinks it s not a goer
why are we being dragged
another step along the way?
Councillor Neil Kirton
agreed it should lie on the
table, saying Hastings should
particularly state its views.
Keith Newman, Haumoana
resident and spokesman for
lobby group Walk on Water,
said any suggestion the
regional council thought it
was giving false hope, was
He said that in all the years
he had dealt with the Hast-
ings council and Mr Yule over
erosion: I have never heard a
negative view from them.
He asked, why, if the
regional council believed hard
engineering was not going to
be considered, it had con-
tinued to invest in reports.
I think they need to be
honourable to the community
. . . They said they would
assist our community in
coming up with a workable
solution to our erosion issue.
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