4 Feb 2013

Seven sprint records fall at national track cycling champs

6:22 am on 4 February 2013

The men's sprint squad is expected to lead the way when the New Zealand track cycling team is announced today for next month's world championships in Belarus after a number of records fell at the track cycling championships in Invercargill.

Seven national records were set - all to sprinters.

Following Saturday night's world class men's keirin, the Auckland combination of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and ring-in Simon Van Velthooven clocked 44.445 to take the final over hosts Southland.

It completed an outstanding four days of quality sprinting, which Mitchell believes will set up the group for success at the world championships.

The other records went to Otago's Katie Schofield in the 250m time trial, Van Velthooven in the 1000m time trial, Matt Archibald and then Webster in the sprint qualifying.

It was topped off last night with Olympian Natasha Hansen beating her own record in the 200m sprint time trial and then teaming with Southland compatriot Stephanie McKenzie to break the record in the team sprint.