Keirin joy for Oliva at track championships

By Monmouthshire Beacon/Chepstow Beacon in Cycling

DEVAUDEN’S Lewis Oliva took the men’s keirin title at the HSBC National Track Championships in Manchester last weekend.

Team USN’s Oliva narrowly edged Matt Rotherham to the line, and gold, in a pulsating final.

Rotherham settled for silver while his brother Tom took bronze in a final full of talent that saw Joe Truman, Jack Carlin and Pete Mitchell miss out on the medals.   

Oliva told British Cycling: “Sometimes you’ve got to make the best of a bad situation… it’s definitely not my tactic to go out that long, I haven’t got that style of legs.

“I prefer it to be a little bit shorter and a little bit punchier but obviously when it pays off and you’re going into that last lap when nobody has passed you yet you know you are going pretty well.”

Oliva also finished the weekend with medals in the individual and team sprint.

Rio reserve Ryan Owens claimed the men’s sprint title with Joe Truman taking silver and Lewis Oliva bronze in the event he won in 2015.

And in the team sprint, the team of Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman proved too strong as they triumphed thanks to three strong rides.

They beat Sportcity Velo’s Joel Partington and brothers Matt and Tom Rotherham, who took silver.

Ryan Hutchinson, Alex Joliffe and Oliva collected bronze with the win over Black Line A.

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