Cole McOnie : Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies (BSpLS)
Cole is currently studying towards a bachelors degree in Sport and Leisure Studies in his first year, targeting the eventual career of a Performance Sport Nutritionist. In 2015, Cole was selected as one of two athletes to represent New Zealand in the Junior Elite Men class at the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships in Zolder, Belgium. This selection came off the back of impressive performances at multiple UCI international races in Australia and New Zealand, and a good performance in terrible weather at the 2015 Oceania Continental Championships in Brisbane. Along with the World Championships team selection, Cole was also selected into the High Performance Sport Development Program - Pathway To Podium. In 2016 Cole enters his first year in the Elite Men division, he wants to develop this year as an elite athlete and continue to improve and compete within New Zealand and Internationally. His future goals within sport are to be selected into the New Zealand High Performance team, and the main goal is to represent New Zealand at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. He attended Hamilton Boys' High School from 2011 to 2015. Alongside sport and study, Cole also is very involved in mentoring young BMX athletes, as he works as a mentor for the Waikato Junior Development Squad, and the National Series winning Team "Action Downunder/Maguires". He also volunteers coaching the young riders at Te Awamutu BMX Club weekly, and has a number of athletes who he privately coaches.
- USABMX Pro National Series - 19/06/2016
From the 3rd of June until the 24th of June, I was in the United States of America for my first time racing on American Soil. I competed in two weekends' of racing, totaling 5 different race events. The first weekend was in Chula Vista, California and then the following in Salt Lake City, Utah. These two weekends of racing were a part of the prestigous USABMX 'National' race calander, which means that almost all of the best riders from the US and abroad would be there to race. This trip was targeted for me as being as experience building trip, as I would get to race against the best in the world, and learn so much whilst racing in the most competitive events in the World. 3 out of the 5 events I raced I competed in the A Pro class, which is a hugely competitive class full of extremely good American Pro riders. Whilst the other 2 days I was able to race in the UCI Elite Men category, which is the best of the best. The elite men class had me competing against the current World Champion, a handful of Olympians, and even a few Olympic Medalists, so this class was an unbelievable opportunity for me to gain experience and learn from the best.
Whilst racing I was able to gain some great results also! In Chula Vista I had a pair of crashes in the first day, but still managed to fight my way back to a 6th place overall, which I was stoked with to make the final. The following day I was able to go a few better and finish up 4th, this was a bittersweet result as I was over the moon with 4th, but was so close to a podium finish!
The following weekend in Salt Lake City I raced the first two days in the Elite Men class, this was a massively stacked and competitive class. But I was able to learn so much from racing at such a high level, I had some really good laps and only narowly missed the finals on both days, I was very happy with my performances though and as I mentioned, I gained invaluable experience against the World's best. The final day in Salt Lake City I had my final race in the A Pro class, this was a great day's racing as I finished 1st in 2 of my 3 qualifying heats, and qualifyed 2nd into the final. After a minor mistake out of the start in the final I managed to finish up 4th once again against some very fast athletes.
Now that my awesome trip has come to an end, I am back home in New Zealand and back into my studies and training, getting ready to head back to the USA in September with the NZ Team for my first ever UCI World Cup events!