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A weekend of Kiwi Intl success and almost tragedy
Jul 2nd, 12. While most of us were watching for results from the Tour de France, there were plenty of Kiwis doing well elsewhere around the world this weekend too.
A fair bit of Kiwi on Canada Day
In Canada, James Williamson did what he has been trying to do since he won the NZ Elite Road Race title in January - win in his National Champion's jersey.
Williamson, along with PureBlack teammates Roman van Uden and Taylor Gunman, upset the Canadians on Canada Day to take the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the CHIN Picnic Criterium.
"It was a really fun little criterium around a park in downtown Toronto," said Williamson, "But I don't think the Canadians are too happy about the results."
Williamson and van Uden spent all but one of the 40 lap race (roughly 60km) up the front after making a breakaway after the first sprint.
With bigger races to come next week, hopefully this success is the first of many. The team now heads to Vancouver for BC Superweek.
A full Kiwi podium was a great result considering the stress the team has been under since hearing about Michael Torckler's hit and run accident in California on Saturday. Torckler was part of the PureBlack in Asia during their last racing block.
"We were all so shocked, it is hard to deal with news like that so it was a pretty rough night," said Williamson, "But it is so good to hear that he is recovering and doing a lot better."
Update on Torckler: Michael Torckler's parents have arrived in California to be at Michael's side while he recovers from the high speed downhill training crash.
The Taranaki 25 year old's condition was first regarded as critical when he arrived in hospital via airlift, but he fought hard and has since improved enough to wake up. Upon having his tubes removed has been able to speak. Michael will require surgery over the next couple of days. Local papers have reported that the driver of the car has been arrested after his housemate gave him up to police.
U19 Kiwis in Australia and Belgium
Over in Australia, three of the boys named in the NZ team for the UCI Junior World Road Championships were contesting the Australian U19 Road National Championships in Canberra as part of a wider NZ team.
New Zealand riders have had plenty of success at these championships before - Hayden McCormick was on top of an all Kiwi road race podium in 2011 and in 2009 Patrick Bevin took top road honours.
Unfortunately, this year Nick Bain, Tom Vessey, James Judd and the other Kiwis were not able to repeat their success and did not earn a podium in either the road race, time trial or criterium events. The best Kiwi placing was Bain's 5th in the 28km time trial.
In the women's races in Australia, Maddi Campbell gave the New Zealand team something to celebrate. She finished 2nd in the road race. Her teammates Alice Hay and Robin Hacker-Cary were 4th and 5th respectively.
From Australian to Belgian success
Instead of defending his Aussie road title, last year's winner of the U19 Australian road race was busy winning over in Belgium.
After claiming the overall title in the UCI event Trophée Sébaco earlier this month, the 18 year old Kiwi took to the top of the podium again this weekend when he soloed to victory in a 92.4km kermese, 5min race ahead of the U19 Belgium Champion.
McCormick, who is unsure whether he will get to start the Road Worlds after being bracketed alongside Judd for the third Kiwi road position, is looking forward to meeting up with his teammates soon as they prepare for next months' UCI Junior Track World Championships.
Kiwi runner-up in Tour of America's Dairyland
Kiwi Emily Collins capped off a very successful month of racing by taking overall 2nd place in the eleven stage Tour of America's Dairyland (ToAD). ToAd is a points based race, similar to an omnium, where finish points rather than times are recorded and therefore consistency is rewarded.
"After 11 days I am pretty shattered but it was a great event. I'm very pleased for sure," she told RoadCycling.co.nz having just got back from the event. Collins will share more of her success tomorrow.
Earlier in June, the Vanderkitten rider earned the title of Best Young Rider at the Tulsa Tough event and earned a podium placing in the final stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix.
Other Kiwis also had success at ToAD. Sophie WIlliamson, who will race the UCI Junior Road World Championships for New Zealand, placed 3rd in two stages. Dylan Kennett, another Road Worlds team member, placed 3rd in one stage and Hamish Schreurs earned two 5th places.
Success in Belgium for Alex Ray
In Belgium, 22 year old Kiwi fastman Alex Ray took 3rd place in the GP Vic Van Schil. Similar to events which include a Young Rider category, this Belgium race included a separate podium for "Beloften" - literally translated as "best promisers".
Ray, who won the Taupo Street Race in NZ last November, was the best of the "Beloften" today.
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