Age Group Track Cycling National Championships - Invercargill
12 March 2018
Day one of the Vantage Age Group Track Cycling National Championships in Invercargill saw seven New Zealand records and two Championship records broken. Around 170 riders from around the country have come to the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome to battle it out for age group and Masters titles over the next three days.
Rising Canterbury star Laurence Pithie was the first to break a New Zealand record in the U17 2000m Individual Pursuit with a time of 2:15.674 in qualifying, to better the mark of Tasman’s Finn Fisher-Black. Pithie then followed this up in winning the gold medal during the evening’s final.
“It was a pretty tough ride this morning, and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to back it up tonight but I managed to do 0.5 sec of my morning time so I’m pretty pleased with that,” said Pithie.
Results from the 3 days :
7 National Titles
1 NZ Record - Individual Pursuit (2km),
Match Sprints (1 rider vs another rider, best of 3 sprints, winner moves on to next round)
Scratch Race - mass start and first across the line wins,
Points Race - large number of laps and every 7 or 8th lap is a sprint lap earning points - 5,4,3,1 - and double points in final sprint - most points wins.
Team Sprint (3 riders),
Team Pursuit (4 riders)
Madison (2 riders team racing and using their hand to sling-shot their partner up the track - Michel van Heyningen - yr10) ,
1 Sliver - 500m TT