20 Sep 2014

Kierin wins for NZ riders

8:45 am on 20 September 2014

NZ riders Simon van Velthooven and Stephanie McKenzie led the way for the locals at the BikeNZ Classic in Cambridge on Friday with wins in the men's and women's keirin final.

Simon van Velthooven

Simon van Velthooven Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Van Velthooven edged out two-time world champion Shane Perkins from Australia in a brilliant final at the Avantidrome in the first event to offer qualifying points towards the Rio Olympics, attracting riders from Australia, USA, Malaysia, Ireland, Canada and the Czech Republic.

McKenzie rode over the top of Australian Caitlin Ward to win the women's final.

However the Australians dominated the endurance races with Ashlee Ankudinoff winning all six events in the women's omnium, Scott Law claiming the three final events to win the men's omnium before taking out the men's 15-kilometre scratch race.