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LIVE: Elite & U19 Track Nationals Saturday Session

Feb 13th, '16.  Follow the action from the final day of racing at the Vantage Track National Championships.  We are live from Cambridge with all the action from 10am this ... read more

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Hansen does a sprint clean sweep as National teams pile on pace
Dylan Kennett Team Pursuit photo Dianne Manson 150Feb 13th, ’16.  The New Zealand cycling selectors face a raft of riches after strong performances at the Vantage national track championships in Cambridge today.  The selectors face a tough task to decide on their combinations for the upcoming world championships in London, with the team to be named on Monday.
 
Plenty at stake for team pursuiters on final day action
Jaime Nielsen team pursuit photo Dianne Manson 150Feb 13th, ’16.  There’s plenty at stake on the final day of the Vantage national track cycling championships in Cambridge today.  There’s white-hot competition for places in the New Zealand team for the upcoming world championships, none more so that the men’s team pursuit, with that competition to be decided in the final session in the early evening.
 
ONE Pro Cycling to Tour de France?
Hayden McCormick TT photo AlphapixJohn Cowpland 150Feb 13th ’16.  Is it possible that in a year or two we could be seeing Dion Smith, James Oram and Hayden McCormick fighting for a place at the Tour de France?  Well, according to team owner and former cricketer Matt Prior that could well become a reality.
 
World champions feature in cycling award winners
Eddie Dawkins  Jaime Nielsen photo Dianne Manson 150Feb 13th, ’16.  Jaime Nielsen and Eddie Dawkins were named men’s and women’s track cyclists of the year last night, with Campbell Stewart and Bryony Botha picking up the U19 awards.  Check out the full list of award recipients here.
 
Aaron Gate - came with hunger to win

Aaron Gate wins points race photo Dianne Manson 150Feb 13th, ’16.  In his favourite individual event Aaron Gate was dominant.  Regularly up there in the sprints and gaining two laps on the field with Waikato Bay of Plenty’s Ryan Wills brought a classic points race victory from the former omnium world champion.

 
Ryan Wills’ not-so-hidden track ambition
Ryan Wills points race photo Dianne Manson 150Feb 13th, ’16.  The cat is out of the bag, Ryan Wills has announced his intentions to pursue life on the track, and he chose this year’s Track Nationals as the place to do it.  Silver in the points race, racing away with a brilliant Aaron Gate was a fine way to get attention, and we got to catch up with him afterwards.
 
Gate and Sheath superb, Hansen and Archibald claim keirin
Matt Archibald keirin final photo Dianne Manson 150Feb 13th, ’16.  Former omnium world champion Aaron Gate sparked a return to form with an inspirational ride on the penultimate night of finals at the Vantage New Zealand Track Cycling Championships in Cambridge.  Elsewhere Racquel Sheath made it two from two in bunch races, while Natasha Hansen dominated the women’s keirin and Matt Archibald sprung a surprise in the men’s.
 
Hansen, van Velthooven impress in keirin qualifying
Simon van Velthooven keirin photo Dianne Manson 150Feb 12th, ’16.  Natasha Hansen will chase her third title on the penultimate day of the Vantage national track cycling championships in Cambridge today.  The Southland rider dominated her semifinal in the keirin competition ahead of the final tonight at the Avantidrome.
 
Racquel Sheath - over the moon after points race
Racquel Sheath podium photo Dianne Manson 150Feb 12th, ’16.  After winning the 20km points race to say Racquel Sheath was happy was a bit of an understatement.  With a very proud dad watching on, Sheath rode a confident race and timed her efforts well to come away with the win ahead of Lauren Ellis and Rushlee Buchanan.  We spoke to her afterwards.
 
Hayden Roulston - you expect a hard ride in Olympic year
Hayden Roulston photo Eugene Bonthuys 150Feb 12th, ’16.  Hayden Roulston picked up a solid silver medal in the men’s scratch race behind a flying sprint from Canterbury’s Alex Frame.  It’s a timely medal in a championships that’s been frustrating in places, but things are coming together for the former road pro.  We had a chat to him after his ride.