New Zealand’s Olympic track cycling squad has taken a rare chance to race together in Invercargill ahead of the Elite Track Cycling Championships this week. Sam Dakin and Ethan Mitchell. Photo: Photosport The Tokyo squad is enjoying some much-needed race competition which marks the completion of the last training block before their final training phase for the Olympics.
Much of the team have spent the last training block competing in road events and the Championships provides a chance to refocus in the build up to the games.
"It is an important marker for the progress for the Olympians and Paralympians as those athletes move into the final phase for Japan." says Cycling New Zealand high performance director, Martin Barras.
The Elite track squads completed two time trials, to mimic their racing in Tokyo, with an initial qualifying ride in the afternoon and a second run in the evening at the Invercargil Velodrome.
The Men’s Team Pursuit quartet impressed by clocking 3:46.6 over the 4000m which was almost one second faster than their silver-medal winning time set at the World Championship last year.
The time is just two seconds outside Denmark’s world record set in winning the world championship final, although is unofficial and cannot be recognised as a New Zealand record.
Despite their strong effort, the first-string quartet of Regan Gough, Campbell Stewart, Corbin Strong and Aaron Gate aren’t without competition after an impressive outing from the team’s second combination that includes the likes of Hugo Jones and Nick Kergozou. Team Pursuit practice Photo: Photosport […]