Trio on track for Manchester
Southland will have three representatives at the UCI world masters track cycling championships in Manchester next month.
Erin Criglington, Neil Jamieson and Richard Nicholas will represent New Zealand at the 18th edition of the masters event.
Nicholas has been cycling for 10 years but has been involved more seriously since moving to Invercargill with his Southland wife five years ago.
He will ride with Jamieson in the team sprint, possibly with European-based Cycling Southland club member Simon Lusk, as well as the match sprint and the 750m time trial.
It will be his first tilt at a world championship event.
Jamieson and Criglington both attended the 2009 event in Sydney and while Jamieson went there to ride, this time around they both have ambitions of pushing towards the podium.
Criglington won a bronze medal in the individual pursuit in Sydney and finished frustratingly close to the podium in several other events.
The national champion and New Zealand recordholder in her age group in the pursuit and 500m time trial, Criglington will also be competing in the scratch race, points race and match sprint.
She's also hoping to link with a Dutch rider in the team sprint.
As well as the team sprint, Jamieson will ride the 500m time trial, pursuit, scratch race and points race.
The world championships run from October 6 to 12.
■ For video of our local world championship representatives, go to www.southlandtimes.co.nz
- The Southland Times