Olympic track cyclist Aaron Gate says the New Zealand Cycle Classic on the roads of the lower North Island is key to his preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. Tour of Southland winner Aaron Gate Photo: James Jubb/Studio Jubb
A bronze medallist from the 2012 London Games, Gate is one of several members of the New Zealand track team for this year’s Olympics taking part the Classic.
The 30-year-old, who rides for the Black Spoke team and won the Tour of Southland a couple of months ago, says balance is important for him to stay in top form.
"The road compliments the track cycling and visa-versa the track stuff makes me a faster road cyclist too so I enjoy doing both and this is a great race to do also."
Gate says his Tour of Southland win a couple of months ago doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be the one chasing overall honours for his team.
He says that’s because stage four to the top of Admiral Hill looms as the stage which could decide the eventual winner.
"It finishes up with a pretty gnarly climb and James Oram is a handy climber in our team so he could be the guy we end up riding for this week we just need to see how things pan out.""The first stage is a team time trial too so it’s important that we put down a fast time there because that’s where valuable seconds can be gained or lost."Gate admits that while the latest news out of Tokyo isn’t […]