He only took to the track six months ago, but Keegan Hornblow is already preparing to take on the world.
The Nelson cyclist has been named in the New Zealand junior men’s cycling team to compete at the world championships in Germany in August.
The 17-year-old caught the eye of national selectors at the U19 and Elite national champs in Cambridge in February, his first competitive track meet.
Keegan finished third in both the U19 men’s individual 3000m pursuit and the 80-lap scratch race.
A road cyclist since the age of 12, Keegan was recently convinced to switch to the track by friends and coach Jason Craig.
“He has always been keen to get me on the track.”
Despite limited resources in the region, the decision paid dividends and Keegan has cycled in the best velodromes in the country.
Joining Keegan in the team is former Nelson College student, world record holder and close friend, Finn Fisher- Black.
“Finn has been a big influence and a real motivator for me.”
Keegan says he has yet to decide which discipline to commit himself to and is just enjoying the ride.
The Tasman Wheelers club member says he can train up to 20 hours a week on the bike.
“You definitely hit lulls in motivation but that’s when friends help a lot.”
Keegan rides for the Moore Stephens Markhams Junior Development team in the NZ Calder Stewart Elite Road Cycling Series.
He will travel with a team of 12 Kiwi cyclists to Frankfurt in August for the Junior World Championships.
“I just hope we bring home gold.”