New Plymouth cyclists bring home the medals
New Plymouth riders won medals in all grades in the West Coast North Island cycling championships in Wanganui last weekend.
Under-15 rider Bryden Cottam won silver in the 500m time trial in 42.69 seconds and a gold in the derby race, while fellow New Plymouth rider Phil Marfell won silver in the elite men's 1000m time trial and a bronze in the individual pursuit, followed by a close fourth in the sprint.
In the masters two division, New Plymouth's Jeremy Cottam won gold in the 500m time trial followed by a bronze in the individual pursuit.
New Plymouth's Jakob Lester proved he is a contender for nationals' selection in his first year as a under-19 rider with a gold in the individual pursuit over 3000m and winning the prestigious Dave Black Trophy, a bronze in the open men's sprint competition. He also won silver in the 1000m time trial, a bronze in the open men's scratch race and another bronze in the open men's keirin.
Lester and Marfell are seeking selection to compete at the 2016 elite and under-19 track championships in Cambridge from February 10 to 13. Lester and Bryden Cottam are hoping to be selected to ride in the 2016 age group track nationals in Invercargill from March 9 to 13.
■Three Taranaki riders, Michael Torckler, Jason Thomason and Paul Duynhoven, will compete in this week's New Zealand Cycle Challenge
The five-day international event, which is based in Masterton, starts on Wednesday and finishes on Sunday.
Nine international teams and nine New Zealand teams are racing, with Torckler looking to repeat his win of 2010 in the event. He will be well supported by Thomason who is just beginning his international career having signed for Australian team AMR Renault for 2016.
Duynhoven, who rode in the race last year, is looking to help the team to victory in this year's event. They will be joined by Auckland-based international Joshua Aldridge and climber Cameron Wynniatt who impressed with his ride at K2 cycle classic this year.