Duyvesteyn adds series win to CV

Dunedin cyclist Kees Duyvesteyn has taken another title in what is fast becoming a great year.

Duyvesteyn won the Calder Stewart series which finished with a couple of races over the weekend.

He had impressed overseas and then earlier this month rode through the entire field to comfortably win and record the day's fastest time in Cycling Otago's Kelvin Hastie Memorial Handicap race last Saturday.

In the final round of the series, Duyvesteyn raced well, picking up valuable points and finishing fourth behind winner Ben Oliver in Saturday's race and then survived a crash in Sunday's race to take the series' elite and under-23 jerseys home.

"The key moment for me was securing fourth in the kermesse and getting combative points over the weekend,'' Duyvesteyn said.

"I'm really stoked to take out the series. I didn't think I would ever manage it when I did my first series race four years ago.''

Duyvesteyn thinks his form is looking good for the Tour of Southland that starts early next month, so long as he recovers from Sunday's crash.

"The crash wasn't too bad. It looked worse than it was and happened about halfway round the third lap. Luckily I had a team-mate who gave me his bike to finish on.''

Henrietta Christie, from Lincoln, won the women's series.

  • Cycling New Zealand high performance director Martin Barras rates the just-completed Oceania track championships a success and a great selection form guide for the looming World Cup season.

"A selection headache is if you don't have the right people to put on to a team. If you have too many to choose from, that's a good problem to have.

"Right now we have a few of those good problems to solve,'' Barras said as the championships finished in Invercargill on Saturday night.

"For us it's been a success, there's no doubt about that. There's two main things I'm looking at; how we handle ourselves in the pits - how the team operates off the track - and how the team operates on the track, and it's been satisfying on both accounts.''

Highlights included the stunning elite women's keirin victory by rising star Ellesse Andrews, the promise shown by the men's development team pursuit and a best ride by the men's team sprint combination of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins.

"We have performance benchmarks that have been put in place and we monitor with High Performance Sport New Zealand.

"I'm not going to kid you and say that everything is on track, but we use a red, yellow and green system and by and large most of the lights at the moment are green.''

Webster added the Oceania keirin crown to the team and individual titles he won earlier, edging out Dawkins and Jordan Castle for a New Zealand trifecta.


 

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