Young Kiwis on track
ALL IS set for the 4BU Cycling Spectacular/Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels at Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome this weekend - weather permitting.
The Bundaberg Cycling Club has assembled some class riders in the field of 130 with the program scheduled to start tomorrow with the staging of 33 events from 5.30pm while the 58 events will run from 2pm Saturday.
However, club officials' fears continued to build yesterday as heavy rain set in but they were hoping the forecast of clearing skies proves correct and their showpiece event can go ahead.
Two of the event's star attractions, young New Zealand sensations Dylan Kennett and Brad Evans, arrived in the city on Tuesday and they are enjoying the hospitality of their hosts Peter Rasmussen and Judy Pohlmann and the club, and they are rearing to go fast.
Kennett, who will celebrate his 17th birthday today and still has one year of school to go, and 19-year-old Evans are from the south island of New Zealand and both competed with great success in the Rockhampton Carnival last weekend.
A week earlier, Kennett swept all before him at the Oceania Track Championships in Invercargill, claiming four gold medals and one silver and breaking several long-standing national records.
But his greatest achievements of his fledgling career came earlier this year at the world junior championships where he claimed bronze medals in the team pursuit and the omnium.
In Rockhampton he won the scratch, elimination and points races and teamed with his country-man for victory in the madison.
Kennett said he would ride in all Elite A-grade events at the Bundaberg carnival and is hoping to add more titles to his collection.
"It would be nice to get a few wins but the competition is pretty tough," Kennett said.
Evans said his biggest claims to fame to date were his performances at the 2010 junior world championships, where he finished fourth in the team pursuit and ninth in the individual pursuit.
"But I have never been to Queensland before and I won the A-grade mystery distance event among other results in Rocky where we rode eight events on both nights, so it was a big and pretty good weekend.
" I hope to continue my good form here, if the rain stops," Evans said.
"It would be nice to get a few wins but the competition is pretty tough"