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One to watch: Dylan Kennett
Jun 21st, 12. Dylan Kennett is going to be the one to watch when he lines up at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Invercargill in August.
Just two weeks later, after travelling halfway around the world, he will put on the black skinsuit again to represent NZ at the UCI Junior Road World Championships in The Netherlands.
Kennett is part of the NZ squad who departed New Zealand for the US yesterday to begin their build up for the World Championships.
The Waimate 17 year old's cycling involvement began by watching the Tour de France on TV and seeing Olympians Marc Ryan and Shane Archbold racing at the local track.
When his family moved into a house 400m away from the track Kennett thought he better give cycling a go.
Since then he has earned an excess of 15 national titles and four Oceania titles.
Last year he won two bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in Moscow – one in the Omnium, the other in the Team Pursuit.
"I call myself an Enduro. I can do both but I'm not fast enough to be a pure sprinter," said Kennett of which type of track rider he is.
Kennett could be a key component in the 4km Team Pursuit, but he also favours the kilometre time trial, having already recorded world class times.
"I'm an all rounder – it keeps lots of options open," he told RoadCycling.co.nz
While the starters for each track event will not be confirmed until closer to the championships, Kennett knows which events he would like to contest.
The Kilo, Madison and the Team Pursuit are all on his wish-list, along with the Omnium.
"I would like to do the Omnium as well, but I think that may clash with the kilo. I would rather do the kilo because there is not as much luck involved."
At the 2011 World Championships, Kennett had to settle with a bronze in the Omnium after a disastrous elimination race where he placed 19th stripped him of any rainbow dreams.
"I'd like to do the scratch race too – but then I start to do everything!"
After the language difficulties of being in Russia last year, Kennett can see the benefits of having the home World Championships this year.
"It's awesome that we are going to get a home crowd and that everyone will be cheering for us this time. But in a way it is a wee bit disappointing because you're only going to Invercargill."
While Kennett has multiple national track titles, he only won his first road title in May this year, taking out the under 19 time trial at the National Championships. He did so in style, winning by 43sec over the 25km course.
Kennett favours track over road - he likes that spectators can see everything happen, but it is evident he is a talent on the road too. He was picked up by the Subway Pro Cycling team for the 2012 season.
"The attraction to Subway was to be part of a proper team and learn about racing as a team. There were more opportunities for me as well."
While Kennett's attention is focused on two World Championships in the coming months, his real sights are set beyond the junior ranks to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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