Cyclist Brad Evans in training in Dunedin. Photos by Gerard
Mosgiel cyclist Brad Evans has boosted his Commonwealth
Games hopes with a strong performance in Cambridge this month.
The 21-year-old won the 15km scratch race with a time of
17min 2sec at the elite track national championships on March
Evans said he felt ''pretty good'' after the victory.
''It's a culmination of many, many years work.''
Riders averaged speeds of 55kmh during the ''very
''It was the second-fastest ever the race had been run at the
champs,'' he said.
''I got in a breakaway towards the end with two other riders.
''I decided to take the opportunity to attack myself with two
laps to go. I really rode my pants off for the last two laps
and managed to hold off for the win.''
The performance meant he was an outside chance to be
selected for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow from
''I'm in line for selection, but I'm more of an outside
chance,'' Evans said.
''It's a step in the right direction, but by no means
While he was living in Dunedin to complete his commerce
degree at the University of Otago, he was very much ''a
Taieri boy'' and did most of his training at the Mosgiel
Training on an outdoor velodrome with the coastal weather was
good for his fitness, mental and physical, as ''only the hard
ones survive'', he said.
Evans planned to spend four months in the US racing later
this year and was looking forward to it.
''Hopefully long-term I will get in a more professional
set-up and hopefully that will lead to Europe,'' he said.