NZ cycling thrilled by results from Cali

Riders in the Madison lap the field during day five of the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the Velodromo Alcides Nieto Patino. Photo / Getty Images
Riders in the Madison lap the field during day five of the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the Velodromo Alcides Nieto Patino. Photo / Getty Images

New Zealand cycling is excited about future prospects after a strong performance at the UCI Track Championships that finished yesterday in Colombia.

The team finished with five medals at Cali which equalled the previous best achieved in Melbourne two years ago in the lead-up to the London Olympics.

The combination of Shane Archbold and Tom Scully finished eighth in the spectacular two-man Madison, after initial results listed them as fourth, two points off a medal.

This was later amended in the official results after four teams had put a lap on the field, with Spain awarded the title.

It brings New Zealand's tally to 35 medals in the 44 years of the world championships but, most significantly, two-thirds of those medals have been achieved in the past five years.

BikeNZ high performance director Mark Elliott said he is pleased with the outcome and encouraged given the squad only had a few weeks at the new Avantidrome in Cambridge, which is the first centralised base for the sport in this country.

"The key targets were the Olympic team events and so to win a world title in the sprint and a bronze medal in the team pursuit was rewarding and testimony to their hard work and commitment," Elliott said.

"Aaron Gate's fourth placing in the omnium was satisfactory given he had to compromise his preparation with the team pursuit.

"There was some encouraging racing in individual disciplines but we need further technical and tactical improvement going forward.

"Overall it is an excellent start and now they will need to recover before focusing on the national championships next week which is the final competition to push claims for the Commonwealth Games."

The squad finished with a gold medal in the team sprint, silver medal to Scully in the points race and bronze medals for the team pursuit, Marc Ryan in the individual pursuit and Simon van Velthooven in the 1000m time trial.

- NZ Herald

© Copyright 2014, APN New Zealand Limited

Assembled by: (static) on red akl_a1 at 27 Aug 2014 23:51:13 Processing Time: 442ms