With less than a year to go until the Olympics, one of New Zealand’s best medal prospects, cyclist Ellesse Andrews, is without a coach.
National sprint cycling mentor Nick Flyger resigned in June to head across the ditch, after wife, Australia great Anna Meares, was appointed as their chef de mission for Paris 2024.
But as the track team looks to build off their greatest haul at a world championships, their young star’s unsure just who will help guide her to Paris.
Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy velodrome proved to be the NZ track cycling programme’s paradise last week, riding to a record medal haul that included eight medals, two of which were gold.
"The squad’s just really fed off each other’s success and I think Cycling New Zealand in general’s in a good place," Gate told Newshub. Ellesse Andrews celebrates her gold medal win at the world champs. Photo credit: Getty Images "It’s going to be an exciting 12 months."
Now arguably the face of the programme after claiming gold in the keirin and bronze in her lesser-preferred individual sprint , Andrews says the event has done wonders for her confidence.
"It’s great to know that I’m able to go out there, and I’m able to actually push the other riders and push for some really great racing as well," Andrews said.But at a time when her star is on the rise, the Tokyo silver medallist is now without a coach.The world championships were national sprint mentor Flyger’s last event in the role."I personally clicked […]