The favourites all stepped up with Sharlotte Lucas, Paul Odlin and David Rowlands all winning in the fifth round of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Nelson today.
Current Oceania women’s road race champion Sharlotte Lucas who was fourth at this year’s Commonwealth Games and second in the Tour of America’s Dairyland in the United States is very clear where she rather be at the moment – in Europe preparing for the World Champs road race, but is instead lining up here in NZ in the fifth round of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Nelson sitting up an exciting battle with some of NZ’s leading young track stars who have recently returned from a successful Junior World track champs campaign.
The Men’s racing also sees New Zealand's recently crowned junior track cycling world champions and medallists going head to head with some of the country’s leading domestic based professionals and experienced elite cyclists
Leaders jerseys change hands for winter
After only a month back on the bike after fracturing his back in a collision with a car in late January Southlander Corbin Strong won today’s elite men’s 139 kilometre race in round four of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Timaru.
It’s shaping up well – new course, tight points stables and the key elements:
· Pro cyclist Southlander Matt Zenovich is keen on the same result as last year
· Team Skoda Fruzio’s young guns Finn-Fisher Black, Corbin Strong, Kiaan Watts and round two winner Bailey O’Donnell are all flying as they are all preparing to head to the Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Switzerland in August.
· Women’s professionals Kate McIIroy and Sharlotte Lucas return to the series after missing the previous two rounds due to Commonwealth Games commitments, and
· Leading Kiwi triathlete Andrea Hewitt is racing
Southlander Matt Zenovich lost and then regained the leader’s jersey for the elite men and Ella Harris grabbed the women’s leaders’ jersey off the absent Kate McIlroy who was racing in the Commonwealth Games after an exciting double header weekend of racing in the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Hokitika.
Matt Zenovich has a chance to consolidate his lead while Ella Harris has the opportunity to take the women’s leader’s jersey as the second round of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series that features a double header weekend of racing for the first time, hits Hokitika.