Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s junior under 17 rider Quinn Karwowski, representing the Tasman Centre, made a great start at the Rabodirect Age Group National Track Cycling Championships, in Invercargill , when he picked up a bronze medal in the 500m time trial event on Tuesday.
Not rated up with the favorites Karwowski sped around the ILT velodrome to record third equal time of 35.415s with Alex Hooper of Mid-South Canterbury. The major placings went to Southland’s Michael Culling (34.897s) and Auckland’s Chad Elliston (34.924s). Marlborough’s Callum Saunders was 7th in 35.750s. Tasman carried on their sucess with Daniel Ellison (Nelson) taking third place in the junior under 19 sprints and Warwick Spence (Nelson) winning the Gold in the Masters 1 10km scratch race. Later in the evening session Saunders rode well for 4th place in the junior under 17 Points race.
Yesterday Ellison continued his good form to win Gold in the Junior under 19 Keirin event whilst the consistent Saunders was 5th in the Junior under 17 7.5km Scratch race.
The Rabodirect Age Group Championships will finish on Saturday. The Marlborough youngsters will be looking to follow in the footsteps and sucess of Marlborough riders at the Rabodirect Elite Championships in Invercargill last week where Jason Allen riding for Tasman took Golds in the Individual Pursuit and Scratch race and Bronzes in the Points Race and Omnium events. Former Junior World Team Sprint Champion, Cameron Karwowski (Southland) took Silver medals in the Individual Pursuit, Time Trial and Omnium events whilst Elijah May (Canterbury) took a Silver medals in the Sprints and Keirin events.