Team New Zealand got back in the saddle and onto their Southern Spars wheels this weekend at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Paris, with the sprinters leading the way.
Dawkins came second in the Keirin, having had previous success at the Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines track winning a silver medal there at the 2015 World Championship. The kiwi had to go around four riders on the final bend to earn his second place finish, finishing just 0.07s behind Japanese star Yuta Wakimoto in the final.
The New Zealand women’s pursuit team also claimed a silver medal being piped to the post by just 0.6sec in the final by perennial rivals Australia.
Amongst the other competitors, Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster both rode close to personal bests in an intense qualifying session, with Webster edged in the quarterfinal by double world champion Hoogland. The Women’s Team Sprint finished in fourth place, whilst Natasha Hansen finished fifth in the final of the keirin.
It completed a World Cup with plenty of positives and now the Vantage elite NZ team cross the Atlantic for the second round in Milton, Canada starting on Thursday.
Southern Spars first collaborated with Cycling New Zealand in 2016 with the creation of their team’s wheels. We took our expertise in the design and manufacture of carbon fibre technology and components to produce a wheel with the highest performance. Since then our high performance wheels have helped the team go on to huge success.