Schools Focus Group



The Cycling New Zealand Schools Focus group is for a selected group of school cyclists who, on behalf of their fellow riders, provide feedback and advocate for the continued development of the Schools Cycling programme.

The Focus Group is established by the Cycling New Zealand Schools (CNZS) Executive and is maintained by Cycling New Zealand (CNZ) through their partnership agreement.

The purpose of the Focus Group is to support the continued development of the Schools cycling programme with the following focus.

  • To provide feedback on how to increase participation and growth in schools cycling;
  • To advocate for cycling as a sport in their school and region;
  • To advocate the ‘Balance is better’ philosophy and provide feedback to support the initiative through to Sport NZ;
  • To ensure relevant and appropriate information is being provided through the available platforms;
  • To help to ensure that a sustainable, suitable and effective range of support and information exists to support student’s continuation in the sport of cycling post school.

Please click here to read the Terms of Reference.



We have 12 awesome members of our Schools Focus Group for 2024! With our first team meeting to come soon! Welcome all and well done.



The seven students below worked together in 2023 to help make schools cycling better.

Some ideas the group thought of and CNZS will be trying to implement in 2024 includes:

  • Changing the way top school trophies are awarded, streamlining this system across all events and recognising smaller schools to help them be competitive also.
  • The idea of adding CX team relays to the North and South Island Champs events.
  • Promoting cross-code participation in particular getting more riders to try CX and promoting this to the MTB and Road riders more specifically.
  • Adding more off the podium awards/prizes, looking at the Schools Cycling Passion Award across all events.
  • Encouraging organisers to have some off the bike / fun races and games around the main events,





The nine students below worked together in 2022 to help make schools cycling better.

Some ideas the group thought of and CNZS has implemented includes:

  • Creating a 'What's Happening in the Regions' section of the website and in the monthly newsletter.
  • Creating a generic sponsorship template, for any school team to copy and update as a starting point to try and get sponsorship for their school cycling team.
  • Creating a Schools Leavers section of the website for info for riders finishing school to find out a bit more about what the main NZ universities offer for cycling to continue in the sport.





The eight students below worked together during 2021 to help improve Schools Cycling.