Teenage cyclists qualifies for medal ride-off

Seventeen year old cyclist Dylan Kennett will ride off for the bronze medal in his UCI World Cup debut in Scotland later today.

Kennett, from Waimate, was fourth fastest in heats of the 4000m individual pursuit and will take on Spain’s David Muntaner Juaneda in the bronze medal ride late morning (NZ time).

The teenager is New Zealand’s sole representative at the World Cup at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, and is competing in his first elite international pursuit over the full 4000m distance.

He clocked a solid 4:28.128 in his qualifying ride to pip the leading Great Britain rider Andrew Tennant by just over half a second for the final spot in the medal race, in front of a large, partisan audience.

Olympic omnium gold medallist Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) was the top qualifier in 4:22.373, nearly two seconds clear of Ireland’s Martyn Irvine, who will battle for the gold medal.

Kennett, the silver medallist in the individual pursuit at August’s world junior championships in Invercargill, warmed up by qualifying for the final of the scratch race on the first night, finishing back in the pack.