Timaru Track Carnival

Postby Fergie on Sun 3/Jan/10 11:01am

A scorching hot day and little wind made for some excellent racing at the New Years Day Track Cycling Carnival. Riders came from Invercargill, Dunedin and Christchurch to join the Mid South Canterbury Riders for some good hard racing. The two main stars in attendance were home town hero and NZ Madison Champion Shane Archbold and two time Olympian and US based Professional Joanne Kiesanowski.

Both lived up to their reputations with Archbold winning most events including the big Wheelrace over 2400m where the front markers had a 350m head start. He also won the Keirin event where Hamish Wright hit the deck hard smashing a couple of ribs but has indicated he will be back racing soon. Kiesanowski was in fine form and with only one Woman's event, a Keirin, to show her talents against the other women she rode a controlled race before unleashing a powerful sprint to fly past Liz Steel for the win. In the final big scratch race once Archbold had cleared out for the win the remnants of the bunch tried hard to shell Kiesanowski but their efforts saw them drop one by one till it was just her and U19 rider Andy Van Der Hayden fighting for 2nd place till she launched her trademark sprint that has won her many races in NZ, US and Europe.

Local rising star Ryan Miller took out the U17 wheel race taking full advantage of a 100m start over lone scratch rider Dylan Kennett. Although pushed by Miller, George Tutton and Tayla Harrison, Kennett was too fast in the other U17 events. U17 NZ Pursuit Champion Alysha Keith was showing some excellent form as was U15 NZ Road TT Champion Holly Edmonston.

Numbers were down at this event over previous years. With some good money on offer, great racing, excellent conditions and some more big Carnivals in Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin and Waimate coming up the riders who showed in Timaru will have some good racing under their belt heading into these events.
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