Kennett has big international future, says coach
Waimate teenager Dylan Kennett's dream will come true when he rides for New Zealand at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia this month.
The 19-year-old looks set to ride in the pursuit team and scratch race.
It is a remarkable rise for Kennett, who burst on to the cycling scene five years ago after switching from rugby. In a twist he will be riding alongside the man who inspired him to switch sports, Timaru's Marc Ryan, as well as a third South Canterbury rider in Shane Archbold.
Kennett said he couldn't wait to get started.
"I'm really looking forward to it. I have always wanted to ride for New Zealand at a world championships and Olympics."
Kennett has been practising in the No 1 spot in the pursuit team, who leads out from the start.
"It is the hardest job in the team but it suits me as I like to start fast."
Kennett also likes the scratch race but admits he is still getting used to the tactics.
"Sometimes you let things go that you shouldn't, like when someone takes a lap, but I am learning fast."
He said it was also good to have the support and help from Ryan and Archbold.
Kennett had tasted success at the junior track worlds in Invercargill when he grabbed three silver medals in 2012.
BikeNZ head coach Dayle Cheatley believes Kennett will achieve big things. He said Kennett always showed his class and in his second year of elite riding his selection was well deserved.
"Dylan will be a key member of the pursuit team and will hopefully get the nod in the scratch race as well."
Cheatley said Kennett had done very well and had a long international career in front of him.
"He's a great athlete and is learning fast."
Cheatley said the team was also lucky to have Ryan's experience with 11 world championships and three Olympic campaigns. The head coach also credited the cycling environment he had grown up in for part of his success.
"Isn't it fantastic to have three from the Mid-South Canterbury Centre in the team. It probably goes back to all the work Colin Ryan and Brian Roulston have put in over the years."
The Kiwi contingent have been in camp 10 days and will head away on Monday.
- The Timaru Herald