Four national titles for family at national track champs

Jack Carswell leads the way for Waikato Bay of Plenty in the team pursuit. Photo – Geoff Dickinson.

Around 220 riders from around New Zealand were at the Avantidrome over March 8-10 to contest age group titles during the four-day National Age Group Track Championships.

Cambridge teenager Jack Carswell secured a new national record on the final day of competition, racing in the under 17 team sprint with Hamish Coltman and Zakk Patterson, before teaming up with Patterson again to take the title in the under-17 Madison.

The 16-year-old rode a smart points race too, earning maximum points from three of four sprints to hold off a fast finishing Kaio Lart for his third national title on day three. This followed on from his other national title win earlier in the day, earned in the team pursuit as part of the Waikato Bay of Plenty White team.

Jack’s success helped the Waikato Bay of Plenty team to the top of the points standings to earn the combined points shield for elite and age group track cycling.

Fiona Carswell competes in the keirin. Photo – Geoff Dickinson.

Meanwhile Jack’s mum Fiona Carswell earned her own medals during the competition, securing two national titles on day two in the keirin and the 500m time trial.

All four Carswell family members took part in the event with husband/father Tim and daughter/sister Jess also competing.

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