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New Zealand National Championships 2012

Date range:
February 4- 6, 2012

February 04, Day 1: U19 Omium, Individual Pursuit qualifying/finals, Team Sprint qualifying/finalls, Kilo, 500 metre TT

Cameron Karwowski claims kilo gold

Sarah van Boheemen/BikeNZ
February 05, 2012, 22:09 GMT,
February 06, 2012, 2:28 GMT

Boyd and Latham fastest in pursuit qualifying

Peter Latham was fastest in the IP qualifying.

Peter Latham was fastest in the IP qualifying.

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Three BikeNZ riders pushed their claims for international selection with strong performances on the opening night of the RaboDirect Track National Championships in Invercargill.

The Waikato Bay of Plenty pair of Peter Latham and Kaytee Boyd along with Southland-based Natasha Hansen put their hands up for the upcoming UCI World Cup in London and the World Championships with impressive wins tonight.

Waikato's Peter Latham won the men's 4000m individual pursuit title after beating off the challenge from fellow Beijing Olympic squad member Westley Gough (Waipukurau) in a vital showdown as selectors look to fill the vacant spot in the team pursuit for the London World Cup later this month.

"Any national title is nice to win and I'm pretty satisfied to come through with a good ride tonight," said Latham.

"We had a good campaign in Beijing at the World Cup a few weeks ago. I made the most of the opportunity to ride the team pursuit there and wanted to back that up tonight with a good ride.

"The event the whole team is targeting is the world championships in April in Melbourne. Whether they take me to London in a few weeks or they send me home to train for a weeks, I will just go where I am told."

Latham is one eight team pursuit riders vying for the four Olympic team pursuit spots.

"There's a lot of hungry guys. It's a pretty good position for BikeNZ to be in. It makes the competition between all of the fellas pretty tight. We just want to make the team go faster."

Latham topped the qualifiers in 4:21.730 just ahead of Gough's 4.22.065. The Waikato man was able to repeat that effort with a 4:21.975 in the final, taking control in the second half of the 4000m battle.

Meanwhile Boyd was the best of the women in the 3000m individual pursuit, taking the national title ahead of teammate Rushlee Buchanan.

Both Boyd and Buchanan have been part of the BikeNZ team pursuit squad at world championship level and are also battling for a spot going forward.

"Individual pursuits are always a tough ride, but I was confident in myself. It wasn't really about the title tonight, it was about doing a good ride," said Boyd.

"I'm feeling better all of the time. The conditions aren't too cold which is really helpful. The bikes we have are amazing, These new Avantis are great and I am pretty rapt with them.

"I find individual pursuit a real mental challenge but I think I am getting better at them slowly. It seems so simple but you have to think the whole way through. You have to slowly release the energy."

Boyd was top qualifier in 3.41.251 for the 3000m with Buchanan nearly 1.5 seconds back. But in a massive battle of two international riders, Boyd pipped Buchanan by just 3/1000th of a second in a tremendous race.

Two young riders announced their arrival in the elite ranks with junior worlds medallist Georgia Williams (Auckland) taking the bronze medal ahead of Southland's Sequoia Cooper and Alex Frame (Canterbury) having a stunning race to catch rival Cameron Karwowski (Southland) in the ride for the bronze medal in the men.

Invercargill-based Hansen, formerly from Christchurch, reinforced hopes that the burgeoning women's sprint programme has a strong future when she decimated the 500 metre time trial national record. Hansen set a new time of 34.915, with her New Zealand representative team sprint partner Katie Schofield (Otago) also eclipsing the current record and securing herself the silver medal.

The pair are making a late push for Olympic qualification and hope to be selected for the London World Cup, which offers a further chance towards their Olympic dream.

Earlier in the night Hansen partnered teenager Stephanie McKenzie (Southland) to win the women's team sprint, finishing just a blink off the national record.

BikeNZ riders Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Simon van Velthooven (Auckland) were too strong for their Southland rivals in the team sprint final. The trio rode a 44.268 to narrowly miss the national record by 3/10ths of a second, taking the title ahead of the Southland trio of Regan Sheath, Matt Archibald and Eddie Dawkins.

Dylan Kennett (Canterbury) has indicate he has the consistency needed to excel in the Omnium after three podium placings in the first events giving him an early nine point lead ahead of Hayden McCormick (Waikato Bay of Plenty) in the under 19 men's omnium.

Alysha Keith (Otago) leads the under 19 women's Omnium after three events. Keith won the flying lap and the points race and placed to establish a three point lead ahead of Cassie Cameron (Wanganui).

The championships continues until Monday.

Individual Pursuit qualifying
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kaytee Boyd 0:03:41.300  
2 Rushlee Buchanan 0:03:43.100  
3 Georgia Williams 0:03:44.000  
4 Sequoia Cooper 0:03:44.900  
5 Jo Kiesanowski 0:03:45.100  
6 Kylie Young 0:03:46.000  
7 Gemma Dudley 0:03:46.300  
8 Kathryn Jones 0:03:50.400  
9 Elizabeth Steel 0:03:53.400  
10 Alexandra Neems 0:03:53.700  
11 Ashleigh James 0:03:57.500  
12 Hannah Latta 0:03:57.800  
13 Aimee Burns 0:04:02.100  
14 Kate Dudley 0:04:03.600  
Individual Pursuit qualifying
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Peter Latham 0:04:21.700  
2 Westley Gough 0:04:22.100  
3 Alex Frame 0:04:25.700  
4 Cameron Karwowski 0:04:32.300  
5 Brad Evans 0:04:32.600  
6 Pieter Bulling 0:04:32.700  
7 Ben Park 0:04:38.000  
8 Andy Van Der Heyden 0:04:38.600  
9 Scott Creighton 0:04:39.200  
10 Matiu Kaihau 0:04:39.600  
11 Will Bowman 0:04:40.300  
12 Lee Evans 0:04:44.500  
13 Brad Tuhi 0:04:45.200  
14 Patrick Jones 0:04:47.500  
15 Denay Cottam 0:04:53.600  
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
Team Sprint Qualifying
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Southland 0:00:35.077  
  Stephanie Mckenzie    
  Natasha Hansen    
2 Auckland 0:00:37.049  
  Vanessa Quinn    
  Henrietta Mitchell    
3 Canterbury 0:00:37.912  
  Olivia Wieblitz    
  Elizabeth Steel    
Team Sprint Qualifying
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Auckland 0:00:44.386  
  Ethan Mitchell    
  Sam Webster    
2 Southland 0:00:45.772  
  Karl Watson    
  Matt Archibald    
  Eddie Dawkins    
3 Composite 0:00:49.731  
  Karl Watson    
  James Vercoe    
  Ben Simpson    
Individual Pursuit Finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Georgia Williams 0:03:43.900  
2 Sequoia Cooper 0:03:49.100  
Bronze medal
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kaytee Boyd 0:03:42.000  
2 Rushlee Buchanan 0:03:42.900  
Team Sprint Finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Auckland 0:00:44.268  
  Ethan Mitchell    
  Sam Webster    
  Simon Van Velthooven    
2 Southland 0:00:45.662  
  Regan Sheath    
  Matt Archibald    
  Eddie Dawkins    
500m TT
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Natasha Hansen 0:00:34.915  
2 Katie Schofield 0:00:34.989  
3 Stephanie Mckenzie 0:00:36.568  
4 Elizabeth Steel 0:00:37.759  
5 Vanessa Quinn 0:00:37.802  
6 Henrietta Mitchell 0:00:38.023  
7 Katri Laike 0:00:38.405  
8 Kathryn Jones 0:00:38.425  
9 Hannah Latta 0:00:38.657  
10 Kate Dudley 0:00:38.752  
11 Olivia Wieblitz 0:00:38.897  
12 Elyse Fraser 0:00:39.527  
13 Aimee Burns 0:00:39.968  
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cameron Karwowski 0:01:02.700  
2 Westley Gough 0:01:03.200  
3 Aaron Gate 0:01:03.500  
4 Myron Simpson 0:01:03.800  
5 Marc Ryan 0:01:04.000  
6 Lee Evans 0:01:04.700  
7 Alex Frame 0:01:04.900  
8 Peter Latham    
9 Sam Bewley 0:01:05.400  
10 Brad Evans 0:01:06.200  
11 Ben Park 0:01:07.300  
12 Matiu Kaihau 0:01:07.800  
13 Ben Simpson 0:01:08.800  
14 Marcel Baird 0:01:09.600  
15 Denay Cottam 0:01:10.500  
16 Anthony 0:01:11.800