Southland cyclist Geertien Venter, 42, claimed bronze at the New Zealand Track Cycling Championships in Cambridge. [File photo]. Geertien Venter rolls with the “age is just a number” type philosophy, and she has every reason to do so.
The 42-year-old Southland cyclist lined up in the women’s sprint at the elite New Zealand Track Championships on Wednesday simply wanting to ride as hard as she could to put in a performance she could be proud of.
Many of her opponents were close to half her age and emerging stars of New Zealand cycling.
Venter admitted a spot on the podium never entered her thoughts leading into the track championship in Cambridge.
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Southland cyclist Geertien Venter, 42, claimed bronze at the New Zealand Track Cycling Championships in Cambridge. [File photo]. Venter surprised even herself when she ended up with a bronze medal after the women’s sprint event.After being beaten by fellow Southlander Nicole Marshall in the semifinals, Venter toppled Auckland’s Rosita Hendry to claim that bronze medal.It more than justified her reluctance to compete as masters cyclist and instead line herself up in the elite ranks.“I’m so much stronger, faster, fitter than I’ve ever been before,” Venter said.“I must say it is absolutely awesome riding with the younger riders, you constantly see the new people coming […]