Simon van Velthooven (photoMARK TAYLOR/Waikato Times)

Manawatu's Simon van Velthooven says his first World Cup gold medal in a keirin event has given him more confidence as he builds towards next year's Olympics in London.

The 22-year-old was a mixture of muscle and might as he triumphed on the second night of finals at the UCI World Cup in Beijing during the weekend.

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Megan on the Feilding track (foto Kirsty Kaihau) At Invercargill a year ago, Megan Blatchford-Peck startled the two women who were sharing a podium with her.

Veteran Blatchford-Peck had just come second in the national sprint race, for elite women, the best in the country.

"I joked with them," she said. "I asked them, 'How old are your mothers?"'

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Hi Everyone
We have a change of date and venue for our 2011 Open WCNI Cycling Centre Road Individual Time Trial and Road Race.
Wanganui will now be holding WCNI Road Individual Time Trial Saturday April 9th and the Road Race Sunday April 10th.
Events will be Open and will be using the course for the NZ Rabodirect Club Road Championships later on in May. 
More information will be available shortly
Kind regards
Noeline Elden
WCNI Cycling Centre

BikeNZ is taking initiatives to ensure that all cyclists have accessibility to trained and comptent coaches. Following a successful level one BMX coaching course run late last year, BikeNZ, under the direction of development manger Amy Taylor, will extend these coaching resources to both the road and track disciplines.
“I’m really excited to be launching BikeNZ’s coach education framework. Having been through the previous BikeNZ, and Australian systems, and recently working in British Cycling’s coach education team, I believe we are in the process of designing the best cycling coach education framework in the world. The success of our high performance team doesn’t happen without good coaching, and this is why we are focused on creating a framework to train coaches to be the best they can be, whether they want to coach their local school team, or an elite athlete,” said Taylor.

BikeNZ honoured riders at a special function in Christchurch ahead of the national championships. BikeNZ is the umbrella body embracing all national bike and cycling organsations including Road and Track, BMX, Mountainbike and School cycling.

At the awards ceremony BikeNZ CEO, Kieran Turner said "We felt it important to honour our riders who achieve great things in our sport. While we treasure the efforts and performances of all of our riders, as a very young organisation we felt it was now an appropriate time to increase the awareness of these awards,”