New Zealand win bronze at the UCI Track Nations Cup Adelaide. Photo: © SWpix.com (t/a Photography Hub Ltd) New Zealand cyclists made an enterprising start to their all-important 2024 campaign, bagging three medals, including two golds, on the opening night of the UCI Track Nations Cup in Adelaide.
The women’s 4000m team pursuit combination led the way, producing an outstanding series of rides to win the gold medal over world champions Great Britain, while the women’s team sprint earned their best result at this level with a bronze medal.
Waikato’s Ally Wollaston, a star on the road last month at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, returned to the same city on the track. Following an exhausting team pursuit victory, she produced a superb ride to win the elimination race.
Adelaide is the first of three UCI Track Nations Cup competitions which provide crucial qualifying points towards the Paris Olympics.
The women’s quartet of Emily Shearman, Sami Donnelly, Wollaston, and Bryony Botha clocked an impressive 4:10.229 in dominating world champions Great Britain, which reversed the result between the two nations from the Glasgow World Championship final last year.
The New Zealand team had inter-changed riders throughout the competition including their experienced fifth rider Michaela Drummond.
In the final they hit the front after the first lap, up by 0.8s at 1000m, pushing to 1.7sec clear at 2000m, 1.1sec after 3000m and held enough in the tank to win by 0.350sec.New Zealand qualified second fastest behind Great Britain and then set the fastest time of 4:09.259 […]