Keast on course to future success

18:47, Nov 08 2012

Impressive youngster Hamish Keast looks a rider for the future after a third-placed finish in the novice grade of the Wednesday Worlds race.

The Wensley's-sponsored series restarted after a one-week break for the Tour of Southland, with perfect conditions attracting a 74-strong field across four grades.

Keast, 12, was the first junior rider across the line in the one-lap novice race after being prominent in the buildup to the sprint finish up McQuarrie St.

Nathan Burdon won the sprint from Phil Culling in a time of 32min 08sec.

The A grade race was taken out by junior world track medallist Dylan Kennett, of Waimate, who outsprinted Brad Tuhi in a time of 44:38, with Michael White third.

The winning time rivalled some of the best recent times but was still well short of the record (40:10) set by Cam Karwowski early last year.

Aaron Sinclair won the B grade race in 46:40, from Geoff van Dam and Jason Shields, with Sequoia Cooper fourth and first woman across the line.

A big C grade finished with a mass sprint to the line, with Dave Maynard winning in 49:03 from Bede Quill and Wayne McEwan.


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