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New Zealand shines as youngsters bask under Blue Moon in Air Products Finals

Recap first posted on thevelodrome.com on July 31, 2015.

Last week it was Zac Williams of New Zealand winning the final event of the evening, claiming the 2015 U.S. 10 Mile Championship, he finished in style again Friday night.

Williams won the final men’s event of the Air Products Finals Friday, the final event of the month of July at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, the 3km Motor Pacing Scratch, which made a return due to popular demand.

Photo: Rick Menapace

Williams fell short of the ultimate goal, the top omnium position, as he finished second to country mate Jeremy Presbury, who won the omnium with 21 points. Williams tallied 19.

Additionally, it was Family Night under the Blue Moon at VPCC as families were encouraged to meet Bolt, there was a coloring station presented by Adams Outdoor Advertising and other fun for all ages.

Stephen Hall of Australia prepared well for the evening as he led the majority of the first race of the night, winning the men’s 5 mile final. Jeremy Presbury finishes second.

Lauren Ellis came from behind late in the pro women’s 12 lap tempo points race, finishing with 12 points. Natasha Hansen, of New Zealand, who held the early lead, finished second with 10 points.

The night was bittersweet for the Kiwi ladies as it was their final World Series of Bicycling race in T-town for 2015. The national Team Pursuit squad has spent most of their season at VPCC preparing for next year’s Olympics in Rio.

The night was called Air Products Finals, so it was all about the young cyclists of VPCC’s Air Products Development Programs. Reagan Pattishall, Jonah Hover, Nao Yamashita, Nathan Roberts and Matthew Mech won their respective Air Products finals.

Michael Chauner won the men’s 10 lap scratch race. Williams finished in second place.

A pair of Miss-N-Outs followed the 2km scratch, Presbury won the men’s edition and Pip Sutton won the women’s race.

Ellis notched her second victory of the evening with her triumph in the 20 lap points race as she tallied 15 points in the final women’s event of the evening.

Photo: Rick Menapace

That first-place finish in the finale clinched the women’s omnium victory for Ellis, who narrowly won with 16 points. Hansen settled for second place with 15 points, sending the New Zealand ladies out on top.

The Service Electric broadcast of the Air Products Finals will be shown on TV 2 Sports at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The World Series of Bicycling and VPCC kicks off the month of August, the final month of the WSB season, with the Rodale Corporate Challenge. Nine teams of riders representing Lehigh Valley businesses with compete against each other in hopes of being this year’s Corporate Challenge champions. Additionally, the usual pro women and men events will be on tap as well. Valley Preferred, Weyerbacher Brewing, Buckeye Partners, Coordinated Health, B.Braun, Rodale and Air Products will be represented in next week’s event.

Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:30 p.m.

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