Kennett rules the track
NEW Zealand rising star Dylan Kennett continued his outstanding form in the 4BU Cycling Spectacular/Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels on the weekend.
Kennett is a dual world junior championship bronze medallist from earlier in the year and is fresh from four gold medals and one silver at the Oceania track titles.
He also had a successful carnival in Rockhampton andturned it on at Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome.
Heavy rain on Saturday afternoon and showers into the night forced the cancellation of a host of events, but the last elite A-grade race was completed before further rain forced the abandonment of the rest of the meet.
Having turned 17 last Thursday, Kennett did not finish his first event, the Elite A-grade Men's Unknown Distance race on Friday night, which was won by Brendan Schultz, of Bendigo.
He and fellow Kiwi young gun Brad Evans were also unplaced in the 60-lap Boylan's Elite Madison, with triple world junior gold medallist Alex Edmondson teaming for victory in it with his Adelaide clubmate George Tansley.
Bundaberg's former Australian criterium champion Aaron Kemps took silver in that event with Adrian Hanson third.
But Kennett finished the first night in style, powering to victory in the 20-lap motor-paced event, with another Bendigo rider Sam Chrome, who had been third in the unknown distance, taking second from Nick Sanderson (Ararat).
The stylish technician dominated Saturday's events, outgunning Malaysian up-and-comer Fattah Amri Zaid and Kemps in the 1200m Handicap, and Tansley and Evans in the elimination.
Schultz won from clubmate Chrome in the Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels Wheel Race, but Kennett bounced back to account for Malaysia's 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Edrus Yunos and Joel Lewis in the keirin.
The blue riband Kevin Brogden Memorial 40-lap Scratch Race, which traditionally draws the curtain on the carnival, was brought forward with more rain imminent and with the pace hot, the attrition rate was high, with the field of 22 whittled down to six with 11 laps to go.
It became a race in four and Kennett made his move in the bell lap, before going on to hold off a valiant Edmondson, closely followed by Evans and Tansley.