Hell on three silver wheels
Two of Alexandra’s rising cycling superstars Sophie Williamson and Liam Aitcheson have brought home three silver medals from the UCI World Junior Track Championships held at the Invercargill Velodrome last week. Williamson, 18, was able to one-up her bronze medal performance from last year’s championships, held in Russia, to win silver in the 80 lap women’s points race. She then went on to win another silver in the women’s scratch race after Jennifer Valente, of the United States, lost her gold medal when she was disqualified for not holding her line in the final lap. Watching her team mates ‘‘fighting’’ on the track to win a total of 10 medals had been the highlight of the event, Williamson said. Aitcheson, 18, was part of the New Zealand mens 4km team pursuit, along with Dylan Kennett, of Waimate, Hayden McCormick, of Te Awamutu, and Hamish Schreurs, of Canterbury, who were pipped at the finish line by Australia, by seconds. New Zealand coach Ross Machejefski said the boys dug deep to get into the final.
just under two ‘‘They’ve left nothing on the track and earned a spot on the podium so you have to be happy with that," Mr Machejefski said. 25 countries competed at the event.
Hard ride: Sophie Williamson finishing second in the womens 7.5 kilometre scratch race at the UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships held at the Invercargill Velodrome last week.
Finish line: Alexandra cyclist Liam Aitcheson competes at the UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships in Invercargill last week.