The NZ Schools Cycling Association (NZSCA) was established in 1968, to address the decreasing numbers of cyclists participating in the sport.
An idea was formalised to introduce cycling into secondary schools across New Zealand in the hope this would help the development of cycling.An event consisting of a 16km Team Time Trial was scheduled and the NZSCA approached former Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson to have a cup bear his name, which he readily agreed to. This event, now known as the National Schools Road Cycling Championships is often referred to as the Sir Bernard Ferguson weekend. This event is now held in the September School Holidays at Palmerston North, Levin and Fielding in the North Island and is the showcase event for secondary schools cycling each year.
Since 1968 interest has continued to grow with schools racing occurring in many regions.
What is the Role of the Association?
- To promote the enjoyment, participation and competition on bicycles for allschool-age children in New Zealand
- To create and govern competitive cycling opportunities for School
- To create and govern competitive cycling opportunities for School age participants.2.3 To regulate cycling competition between schools and establish fair rules
- To regulate cycling competition between schools and establish fair rules of competition.
- To ensure a consistent standard of quality and safety is achieved and to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council (called “NZSSSC”.)
- To hold, approve or endorse New Zealand National Schools Cycling National Championships or Events, North and South Island Schools Cycling Championships or Events and approve or endorse regional level Schools Cycling events.
- To be a Member Organisation of Cycling New Zealand and to comply with the rules of Cycling New Zealand as they affect the Association
- To maintain consistency and alignment with the aims of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council (NZSSSC).
- To advocate for the rights and interests of schools cycling at the appropriate levels.