We enjoyed a good catch up with the voice of cycling in New Zealand, Del Woodford, after day 1 of the Oceania Track Cycling Championships at the Avantidrome in Cambridge. Del is there to call the event and therefore enjoy a front row seat to some electric racing from both sides of the Tasman and we got his views on some of the highlights of day 1.
Del Woodford was on hand to witness what was a highly dramatic first day of racing at the Oceania Track Cycling Championships. From the return of the rainbow jersey-clad team sprint trio of Ethan, Sam and Eddie to the victory of a somewhat reshuffled women’s team pursuit outfit if you look at the team for Rio compared to the team that lined up yesterday.
There are a lot of positives to be taken away from a New Zealand perspective, and as we move into day 2 of the championships at the Avantidrome in Cambridge, we do so with great anticipation. One of the most exciting rides of the day came from Kirstie James who has come on leaps and bounds in 2017; with a world championship medal under her belt in the team pursuit, taking her place in the team pursuit squad that won the Oceania title yesterday; as well as producing a dominant performance in the points race.
New High Performance Director Martin Barras can take a lot of positives away from seeing the youthfulness of the men’s team pursuit and women’s team sprint step up and step forward and what is exciting is to hear his very high opinion of the young talent progressing through the ranks. We talked to Del about all this and more and you can listen to it all here.