On Saturday Cuddon Cycling Marlborough ran a track cycling Omnium event at Athletic Park. Similar to the heptathlon/decathlon events in Athletics, the Omnium includes six different disciplines and is an Olympic event for both men and women. A number of Nelson riders made the effort to travel across which made for some competitive racing during the day. Riders were graded from A to C and competed with each other within those grades. Race manager Lance Spencer was thrilled with the entry numbers and the tight racing over the six events.
The Omnium included a flying 250m, individual 2000m pursuit, elimination, 500m time trial, 4000m scratch race, and a points race. A recent change to the points system for the Omnium sees a huge weighting placed on the final points race event.
Ethan Batt convincingly won the A grade overall with wins in the first 5 events and a second place in the points race. Callum Caughey held second place right through to the final event when Niels van Antwerpen had a fantastic run in the points race and overtook Caughey on the final talley.
Nelson riders had it over the Marlborough riders in the B grade. Fiona Bonnet claimed maximum points in the elimination and scratch races along with consistently high results in the others to give her a good buffer leading into the points race. Josh Ryan made a late comeback with the most points in the points race but had to settle for second overall. Matt Straker was the first Marlborough rider finishing in third position overall just ahead of the quickly improving Dylan Hodson and Sam Morgan. Liv Bishop was the first Marlborough female in sixth position.
In the C grade it was all Andrew Bidwell who claimed maximum points in every event with some very strong riding. Jacob Crossley and Adam Bidwell battled out the remaining placings with Crossley holding on for a well earnt second. Jessica Spencer was the first Marlborough female finishing in fifth overall.