The New Zealand women’s endurance track team have enjoyed further success on the roads at the Tour of Dairylands in USA.
Omnium specialist Racquel Sheath finished second in yesterday's fifth stage at the Milwaukee Mile Speedway, in the Wisconsin State Fair Park, while teammates Alysha Keith and Lauren Ellis both finished on the podium in the stage six criterium at Schlitz Park in downtown Milwaukee.
The New Zealand squad are competing and training in USA as they prepare for the international track season highlighted by the UCI World Cup in Cambridge in December.
The riders met with strong winds and driving rain for stage five of the Tour of Dairylands based in Wisconsin, for the criterium around the famed Milwaukee Mile Speedway, the oldest in USA.
It had dried for the women’s race with Waikato’s Philippa Sutton away in a three-strong break four laps from the end of the shortened 50-minute race.
Sheath bridged up and pushed clear but was caught in the final sprint into a fierce head wind by American Lauretta Hanson.
Stage six moved to downtown Milwaukee for the criterium around the Schlitz Park business complex, with American Cari Higgins, multi-national track champion, away on a break with Otago’s Alysha Keith that stayed clear for the final 15 minutes of the race.
The Kiwi rider prospered on the circuit that included a testing climb on each lap, but had to settle for second place with teammate Lauren Ellis winning the bunch sprint for third, 10 seconds back.
Stage five results, Milwaukee Mile: Lauretta Hanson (Fearless Femme) 46.42, 1; Racquel Sheath (NZL) same time, 2; Holly Mathews (ISCorp) st, 3.
Stage six, Schlitz Park: Cari Higgins (United Healthcare) 49:22, 1; Alysha Keith (NZL) at 2 seconds, 2; Lauren Ellis (NZL) at 10s, 3.