Cyclist Aaron Gate claimed his fourth gold medal at Birmingham 2022 by winning the men’s road race
For a man with a distinctive mullet, being on the razor’s edge sounds like the perfect place to be.
Yet Aaron Gate had to defy pain and predictions to become the first New Zealander to win four gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games, when he produced one of road cycling’s most astounding performances.
The 31-year-old won the men’s road race in defiant fashion on Monday morning (NZ time), beating a string of higher-rated road specialists after exerting copious amounts of energy throughout the 160km race in Warwick. Aaron Gate of New Zealand celebrates winning gold in the men’s road race on day ten of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Gate battled cramp in the latter stages on a warm Sunday and wasn’t sure he had enough energy left in him to make the winning move.
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“I was definitely cramping up multiple times in those last two laps following all those moves,” Gate said.
“I was like ‘ooh, this one could just push me over the edge’, and it was too late to try and play catch-up with hydration at that point.”Gate had won gold on the track in London in the men’s individual pursuit, the team pursuit and points race and then headed to Birmingham to contest the individual time trial and the road race with his NZ team-mates. Aaron Gate with his […]