Kennett in road champs team

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 04/08/2012

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Waimate cyclist Dylan Kennett is one of six riders confirmed in the New Zealand under-19 team for the UCI Road World Championships in the Netherlands next month.

BikeNZ Road and Track has announced the final squad, comprising five men and one woman.

The others are Nick Bain (Auckland), Tom Vessey (Central Otago), Sean Hambrook (Tasman), Hayden McCormick (Te Awamutu) and Sophie Williamson (Central Otago). Auckland's James Judd is first reserve.

The championships are in Limburg, the Netherlands, from September 15-23, with a time trial and road race.

Bain and Kennett will race against the clock around the 26.6km time-trial course on September 17, hoping to emulate the feat of North Harbour's James Oram, who won an impressive silver medal last year.

Williamson will compete in the 15.6km women's individual time trial the following day, before backing up three days later in the road race over 65km.

The remaining squad members, Vessey, Hambrook and McCormick, will compete on the final day in the junior men's road race over 129km.

BikeNZ development manager Amy Taylor said it was a tough ask to travel to the other side of the world to race, especially on a road course like the one in Limburg.

"I'm confident this team can do themselves and their country proud. The team will be primarily based in Blauberg [Belgium], which is about an hour away from the Limburg, so they'll be able to focus on their own individual preparations without the distraction of waiting around nervously while everyone else races.”

Preparation for this event will take a quick turnaround for Kennett, McCormick and Williamson, who will be in action at the Invercargill velodrome in late August for the UCI Juniors Track World Championships.

“Making the transition between track and road is actually quite difficult, but the three New Zealand riders who have been selected for both events have enough experience to be able to adjust quickly," said Taylor.

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- The Timaru Herald

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