New Zealand rider Aaron Gate celebrates after winning the men’s road race at the Commonwealth Games. Just a couple of weeks after Aaron Gate sprinted his way into the Commonwealth Games record books with an epic victory in the men’s road race, the country’s top road cyclists have been told by Cycling New Zealand they will need to pay their own way if they want to attend next month’s world championships.
The national federation says it is unable to meet all the necessary costs due a lack of government funding and the loss of key sponsors.
Only a fraction of the $5.169 million Cycling NZ received from High Performance Sport New Zealand this year has been ring-fenced for road cycling, and interim CEO Monica Robbers said the cost of sending a team of European-based riders to the world championships in Australia post-Covid would be more than double the $45,000 it received from HPSNZ to fund the entire programme for 12 months.
Robbers said Cycling NZ would contribute a further $50,000 in a bid to lower costs on athletes, but without a new principal sponsor in place after APL Windows, owner of Vantage, ended its deal last year in the wake of the inquiry into the death of track rider Olivia Podmore , Cycling NZ felt it had no other option but to ask athletes to dig into their pockets and help fund their own world championships campaigns.
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