Cyclists bring home medals

Invercargill cyclist Ronan Shearing in action earlier this year. Shearing was part of the Southland team, which produced standout performances at the Track National Championships held in Cambridge.

SOUTHLAND showed it is still a powerhouse in New Zealand cycling with some exceptional performances at the Track National Championships, contested over five days in Cambridge.

The team claimed a national record, a couple of championship records, and many gold medals in a performance which saw 25 different riders step on to the podium, many of them multiple times.

Magnus Jamieson would go on to claim eight medals, three of them gold, during the competition. Other top performances came from Caitlin Kelly, who took six medals in the Under-17 girls’ division, including gold in the team sprint, and Emily Forsyth, who took six medals in the Under-15 girls’ division.

Nick Kergozou set a national championship record in his gold medal-winning ride in the Elite men’s 1000m time trial on the first day of racing, in what proved a very successful day for Southland, with Jamieson claiming double gold in the U17 boys individual pursuit and elimination race.

The second day produced one of the highlights for Southland as the U19 and Elite women claimed four medals in five minutes of racing, with Ciara Kelly taking gold in the U19 women’s Keirin, and Pearl Harris-Blain silver, while Nicole Marshall took silver in the Elite women’s sprint, and Geertien Venter bronze. Ronan Shearing claimed gold in the U19 men’s Keirin, making it a clean sweep of U19 Keirin titles for Southland.

The highlight of day three was a great ride by Connor Douglas to take gold in the Paracycling men’s 1000m time trial.

Tom Sexton provided the highlight of day four with a display of determined riding in the Elite men’s individual pursuit, securing the gold medal, while some amazing bike handling netted Knipe a silver in the Elite men’s Keirin.

On day five, Jamieson and George Manson took gold and the national record in the U17 boys’ team sprint, while Riley Faulkner and Caitlin Kelly set a championship record on their way to gold in the U17 girls’ event, with Haydn Jack, Knipe, and Kergozou joining to win the Elite men’s event.