The West Coast North Island track team competing at the Oceania Track Championships (8-11 October) were all BikeManawatu riders.
A quick overview of results are...
Simon VanVelthoven- Silver in elite Keirin and 1km Time Trial (TT)
Liam Brown- 9th in elite 1km TT, 22nd in sprint qualifying
Joel Yates- 10th in elite 1km TT, 9th in Scratch, 7th in Individual pursuit
Carne groube- Gold in U19 Scratch and bronze in Team Pursuit
Emily Shearman- Gold in U19 Omnium, Points and Team pursuit as part of the NZ development team.
Libby Arbuckle- Bronze in U19 Individual pursuit, 4th overal in Omnium and Gold inTeam Pursuit as part of the NZ development team.
Ruby Perry- 6th in elite scratch race, 6th in Individual pursuit, 10th overall in Omnium
The 2015 Road cycling world champs have been undoubtedly the best cycling experience I have ever had.
After flying into Chiacago and staying for two nights to watch Lizzie race in the Triathlon World Champs, Dad and I drove through the night down to Richmond Virginia where I met up with the Cycling NZ team. We were staying about 5 miles out from the course, so it was a brief ride in every day for riding and a short drive for racing. The NZ team was stacked; we had Greg Henderson, Jesse Sergent, Sam Bewley, Linda Villumsen, Jo Keisanowski, Rushlee Beucannan, James Oram, Dion Smith, Hayden Mcormick, Sam Dobbs, James Fouche, Georgia Catterick, Hannah Gumbley, Mikayla Harvey, and me. We were also lucky to have the help of the USA-based UHC pro racing team mechanics and soigneuers; it felt as though we were true professionals. The German team was also staying at the same place, and that was a highlight on its own, with the likes of Tony Martin, Tom Domoulin, and Andre Gripel.
My first race was the individual time trial, on the 22nd. The 30 km course in Richmond was amazing, incredibly quick, technical and through the inner city streets, the atmosphere bolstered by the massive crowds lining the barriers (even on practice days). The course was two laps of a 15km circuit, heading down the historic Monument Ave, out and back on the paved surface, before a long straight stretch across the river – really quick on the way out and a grind back. The lap was topped off with a quick descent and a short steep climb to the finish. I had 4 days in Richmond before my TT, so plenty of time to adjust to the 30 degree temperature and practice the course.
From Kerry Hammington:
Sunday 19th July was otherwise engaged instead of cycling, but returning from Kiwitea through Feilding saw the main fast bunch heading out of Feilding across the bridge by the golf course. Wow, ALL the riders went along the bike track and across the path – not on the main part of the bridge. This was lead by some of the younger members of the group from what I could see. How mature and responsible is that? A lesson here for all the recreational cyclists as far as I am concerned – this signifies an intent and message to all motorists that we consider them as we would like to be considered in return.
Well done to that group a couple of Sundays ago, and maybe the slower groups could also take a lesson from the racier cyclists among us.
I salute you.
This week Bike Manawatu welcomed home two Junior World Champion track cyclists in Campbell Stewart and Michaela Drummond. Both have recently returned from a very successful trip by the NZ team to Astana in Kazakhstan, with Campbell winning the Omnium and Scratch races, and Michaela being a member of the winning teams pursuit (in new World Record time). All members of Bike Manawatu are very very proud of Campbell and Michaela for their results, but more particularly the hard work and dedication they have shown to get there. Well done!
Click here to view Campbell Stewart's latest newsletter just before he heads off to Astana, Kazakhstan.
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