Anderson had plenty of backing as he chased his world mark

Palmerston North has a new world record holder! On Saturday, January 19, Colin Anderson attempted to break the world 12-hour record for the 60-69 years of age category.

The Manawatu wind was present, as usual, which made for a tough outing in the saddle, but did not stop Colin beating the record by 1500m. He followed this up directly with another 12 hours, with the hope of setting a world 24-hour benchmark of 650km.

Unfortunately, Colin came just short of his goal, but still completed 632km, which he believes is "a pretty handy target for the overseas 60-69-year-olds to have a shot at!"

Although Colin was the one pushing the pedals, a massive thanks must also go to his crew, the various lap counters-timekeepers, as well as the large number of supporters who came down to Johnston Park.

■ Today is day one of the elite and under-19 national track championships at Invercargill's ILT Velodrome.

Bike Manawatu is well represented with six members selected by the West Coast North Island to represent the centre.

Matiu Kaihau will race in a very strong elite men's field for a second consecutive year, Luke Mudgway, Mark Findlay and Jordan Castle will be racing in the under-19 category with high hopes of scoring a few medals, Kelsi Eccles will make her debut at the championships in the elite women's competition and Ruby Perry will compete in the under-19 women, after a very impressive two years at under-17 level. The championships run until Sunday, February 3, and we will wait with eager anticipation to hear how our riders go.

■ The New Zealand Cycle Classic was held in Palmerston North for the second consecutive year on January 23. The five-day race was tough on paper and some strong wind throughout the race made it even more challenging.

Being a UCI-recognised tour, a number of Australia's top teams were in attendance, trying to score points to ensure they retain their team licence for next season.

Huon Salmon Genesys Wealth Advisers dominated the race from start to finish, winning three of the five stages on their way to overall victory.

Australian Nathan Earle ended up top of the podium ahead of team-mate Benjamin Dyball and William Walker, who was racing for Drapac Professional Cycling, also from Australia. The first New Zealand rider home was Michael Torckler, finishing fourth overall and Roman van Uden, riding for the Massey Team, rounded out the top five. It was another successful staging of the event, which should see it return in years to come.

■ The 2013 world tour got under way at the Tour Down Under in Australia on January 20.

This year was the 15th consecutive running of the event which has risen in popularity since it was first organised.

All 18 world tour teams took part as well as one wildcard team, the UniSA Australian national team. Four New Zealanders were on the start line of the six-stage event including Feilding's Jesse Sergent.

Jesse was involved in a crash on the second stage and required a few stitches to an elbow, but this did not stop him from working hard to bring his team-mates towards the front of the race on the remaining stages.

In the end, young rider Tom Jelte Slagter, from the Netherlands, riding for the Blanco Cycling Team, won ahead of Javier Moreno Bazan from Movistar and Geraint Thomas riding for Team Sky.

Manawatu Standard