Saturday 23 November 2013

2014 Oceania Track Champs

Another pilgrimage to Invercargill for Oceania Track Cycling Champs and before that the first ever UCI Tier 1 event held in New Zealand.

Olivia Podmore and Holly Edmondston were riding for NZ in the U19 Woman's grade and Andrew Ward and Mitchell Podmore were riding for Canterbury.

Despite being a regular on the top step of the podium at Nationals over the last three years it was the first time Olivia has worn the NZ colours in competition and she showed the hard work that has gone on over that time winning 4 Gold Medals taking out the 500m TT (PB), Team Sprint (PB for standing lap), Sprint (PB in flying 200m) and Keirin despite being boxed in at the bell.

Holly was part of a Teams Pursuit that were first U19 women and established a New Zealand record for the 4000m 4 rider format. Andrew continued to develop his Keirin racing with solid rides at the Tier 1 and Ocea's. Work is still needed on his Kilo and Flying 200m. Mitchell learned about the need for a big aerobic base mixing with top Elite riders from Australia and NZ in the Scratch, Points and Madison.

Now we go back to building more base, strength for Olivia and Andrew, and miles for Mitchell and Holly.

Pushing Liz Steel into the flying lap round of Omnium

Liv after her U19 Woman's Sprint Win

Calling lap times for Mitchell

Holly riding the IP.

Holly riding the flying 200m in Sprints

Liv on the Podium winning U19 Woman's Sprints

Throwing Liz Steel into the Scratch Race round of Omnium

Giving instructions to a NZ composite U19W Teams Pursuit