13 Oct 2015

Gate wins gold, Roulston takes silver

12:01 pm on 13 October 2015

New Zealand's Aaron Gate won the elite men's points race title in the final event of the Oceania Track Cycling Championships in Invercargill.

The New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate competing.

The New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate competing. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Gate showed what good form he's in at the moment by taking three laps on the field during the elite men's points race, with Hayden Roulston winning silver and Luke Mudgway edging out Josh Haggerty for the bronze medal in the final sprint.

Roulston, who hadn't raced for the New Zealand team since the 2008 Olympics, finished the event with three medals after claiming gold in the team and individual pursuit.

Australian riders flexed their muscles in the sprint events on the final night of finals.

Matthew Glaetzer, fresh from winning the sprint the previous night, powered his way to victory in the men's keirin ahead of Olympic bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven and Mitchell Bullen.

Kaarle McCulloch claimed her third gold medal of the championship, adding the women's keirin title to the team sprint and 500m time trial.

She didn't have things all her own way, having to come from a ride down in the best of three final against compatriot Stephanie Morton.

New Zealand's Natasha Hansen was also taken to three rides before winning the bronze medal ride-off against Australian Holly Takos.

Australia's Georgia Baker won the points race to confirm overall victory in the elite women's omnium by 28 points from New Zealander Kirstie James, with compatriot Elissa Wundersitz third.

The attention now moves to the start of the Track cycling World Cup series, with the highlight being the second round in Cambridge in December, the first time the event has been staged in New Zealand.

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