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2012 Oceania Track Championships

Oceania Track Champs

Gold for Manawatu Some exciting news is happening for Manawatu at the Invercargill Velodrome for the Oceania Track Champs 2012 being held  this week. 

Local track cyclists from Manawatu are bringing in medals and NZ National records with outstanding efforts and huge commitment to their teams and some exceptional individual efforts have paid off for Simon van Velthooven and Jesse Sergent, both winning gold in their races last night. 

First medal of the night went to Levin rider, Gemma Dudley, who’s won bronze in the women’s 3000m team pursuit. 

3000m Womens Team Pursuits - left to right - Rushlee Buchanan, Kaytee Boyd, Gemma Dudley (Levin)


Jesse Sergent’s team pursuit team then went on to win gold in the same night in an incredible race against the Australian team. Warm conditions inside the velodrome added an awesome night of racing with many records being broken.

Sam Bewley, Aaron Gate, Jesse Sergent and Marc Ryan - 1st mens 4000m Team Pursuit - NZ record breakers 3:55:295


It was then Simon van Velthooven’s turn on Monday night to ride for the gold medal in the individual 1000m time trial, in which he also broke the NZ record previously held by Southland rider Eddie Dawkins.

Simon van Velthooven - 1st 1000m time trial (kilo) race - NZ Record breaker 1:01:157 min


Simon van Velthooven winning salute -gold win 1000m time trial (kilo)


Jesse Sergent tipped it off last night with an outstanding gold winning race in his 4000m individual pursuit smashing his his own NZ record in 4:16:139, which he previously won in 2009. (photo’s in next email)

Jesse Sergent Mens Individual Pursuit 4000m Gold medal and NZ National record breaker 4:16:139 mins


Jesse Sergent winning salute!  

All photo’s taken by Kirsty Kaihau