As principal sponsor of BikeNZ we’re excited about the recently-named New Zealand team, now on its way to the Netherlands for the UCI World Track Cycling Championships next week.
The 16-strong team is a mix of proven performers and exciting youth, rearing to go for the world champs that begin in Apeldoorn on Wednesday.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alison Shanks leads the women’s pursuit team, which includes World Cup-winning teammates Jaime Nielsen (Hamilton) and Lauren Ellis (Hinds) and Kaytee Boyd (Waiuku).
The men’s group is headed by Radioshack Pro Tour riders Sam Bewley (Rotorua) and world silver medallist Jesse Sergent (Feilding) who returned from Europe to trial for the team. The team also includes 2010 world championship teammates Marc Ryan (Timaru) and Peter Latham (Te Awamutu), and newcomer Aaron Gate (Auckland).
"It’s been the toughest selection job that we have ever had to make," said BikeNZ head coach Tim Carswell.
"There is such quality and depth in our squad now, [which] has resulted in massive competition for places – [however, that] can only been good for our overall programme."
Twenty-two year old Shane Archbold (Timaru) will compete in the new Olympic event the omnium – a multi-discipline event in track cycling, while 21-year-old Tom Scully (Invercargill) will compete in the endurance track events.
Road Olympian Jo Kiesanowski (Christchurch) will compete in the women’s omnium event.
The NZ team also includes the exciting young sprint quartet of Eddie Dawkins (Invercargill), Sam Webster (Auckland), Ethan Mitchell (Auckland ) and Simon van Velthooven (Palmerston North).
From everyone here at RaboDirect, we wish the team good luck!