New Zealand’s female and male pursuit teams topped qualifying at the UCI Nations Cup in Jakarta in an impressive start to their international track cycling season. Photo: PHOTOSPORT
Three UCI Nations Cup competitions replace the previous world cup programmes, and are mandatory for nations seeking rankings to qualify for the world championships and ultimately, the Paris Olympics.
It was a voyage into the unknown for the Cycling New Zealand squads with new combinations and their first international competition since the Commonwealth Games seven months ago.
The women’s combination of Michaela Drummond, Ally Wollaston, Bryony Botha and Emily Shearman set the fastest time of 4:10.950 which was significantly faster that the remainder of the 14 teams.
Their time was nearly four seconds ahead of Great Britain followed by France and Australia, and was only 0.2s outside their New Zealand record set at the World Cup in Cambridge four years ago.
They were fastest throughout their ride, going through the opening 1000m in 1:07.8 and then riding on consistent 1:01 pace for each of the remaining 1000m splits.
"I am extremely happy, a great ride," said women’s endurance coach Paul Manning. "It was a good test of our training at home. We have a few small tweaks to make for tomorrow."We aren’t seeing all the best line-ups here and so there’s plenty of reasons to keep our feet on the ground."The men’s combination of Nic Kergozou, Aaron Gate, Campbell Stewart and George Jackson clocked a strong 3:50.382 in their qualifying run, which was a fraction faster than […]
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