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Burkes Cycles Speed League Flush with Professionals!
21 Nov, 2012

A terrific atmosphere and some ferocious racing marked round three of the Burkes Cycles Speed League, with top professional Peter Latham making his debut, and Olympic bronze medalist Jesse Sergent among the spectators.

Ollie Wood and Jon Barnes picked up where they left off in the previous round, scoring a clutch of points to solidify their lead in the under 15 and under 17 Burkes Cycles Speed League competitions respectively. Nick Warren won two events in the A Category which was enough to move to the top of the senior's table and Holly Blakely's consistency helped her jump to the head of the women's. All four pull on their grade's Champion System leader's jersey.

Latham, a professional rider with Team Subway won the first race of the night, the A Category 10-lap scratch, and later the 2-lap Sprinter's Scratch. His team also finished second in the Team Scratch race, in which he was pipped to the post by Warren.

In the B Category, Regan Bang won the 8-lap and Dame Truth riders Gareth Warnock and Pat Garratt scored a one-two in the Odds and Evens.

John Blance won three races in the C Category but may find himself bumped up to the B Category for round four. Blance demonstrated an impressive sprint to beat Craig Anderson and Ollie Wood in the 6-lap scratch, Nathanial Fournier and Wood in the Odds and Evens and Anderson and Holly Blakely in the Sprinters' Scratch.

Wellington Velodrome stalwart Lawrie Farrington came close to a great victory in the 15-lap handicap after attacking with just under two laps to go, losing out on the line to Jed McDermott.

Barnes and McDermott also recorded maximum power to weight ratios on the Lemond Fitness trainer of 14.6 and 14.5 Watts/kg each, but failed to score above current leader Lee Evans' 17.30 Watts/kg mark set in round 1.

Round 4 takes place at Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai on November 25 at 4pm.

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