11 Jan 2009

Holt scores double at National road cycling champs

5:52 am on 11 January 2009

The Cambridge rider Melissa Holt has followed up her time trail success with victory in the women's road race over 120kms at the national road cycling champs in Te Awamutu.

The former New Zealand representative also won both the time trial and road race last year in Hawkes Bay.

Holt won in 3:36.26, outsprinting Nelson's Karen Fulton and Christchurch's Tracy Clark in the sprint into Te Awamutu after four laps of a circuit near Kihikihi.

Favourite Joanne Kiesanowski finished in the bunch in eighth place, after earlier being awarded the BikeNZ's 2008 road cyclist of the year honours for her eighth placing in the world championships and strong showing at Beijing.