Dec 9th, 13. Crowd favourite German cyclist Jens Voigt will make his 11th appearance at the ... read more
Dec 8th, 13. Reta Trotman and Grayson Napier were impressive winners in the elite women’s and ... read more
Dec 5th, 13. Injured cyclist Eddie Dawkins will take his place in the team sprint combination ... read more
Gough talks Road World Championships
Sep 17th, 09. Westley Gough is the only member of the NZ team for the Worlds that doesn't race for an international road team. RoadCycling.co.nz talked to this track star about his expectations.
In March, Westley Gough was part of New Zealand's bronze winning Team Pursuit foursome at the Track World Championships in Poland. Since that time Gough says competing at the Road World Championships has been on his mind.
The Waipukurau rider has represented New Zealand at three senior World Track Championships, but this is his first time representing the country at a Road World Championship event.
He will compete in the Men's U23 Time Trial In Mendrisio, Switzerland.
"It's always special to represent NZ on the boards and I'm sure it's going to be no different on the roads in Mendrisio, except this time I'll be wearing the black skinsuit for forty minutes, not four!" he said.
Gough has been focussed on this event for the last three months and says he's enjoyed the change in training from track to road.
"This is the first time I've had a long and structured build up for a Time Trial. I'm used to the structure of training for a goal on the track, but the TT build up has been an enjoyable change," he said.
In May and June this year Gough was part of the eight rider BikeNZ Track camp in Belgium, then he moved to the US for July and August with his Road World Championships goal in mind.
"August was a very productive month in terms of preparation for the TT and some maintenance work for the track. I also did some racing during my time there, a six day tour which I rode as an individual and some criteriums and one day races," he explained.
Although the racing wasn't aimed at podium success, the kiwi still managed to pull off a win.
"I did get a win in my last race in the US in a race called "Koppenberg". It was raced on a mostly gravel road with a crazy climb, not your usual type of race," he said.
Gough is currently in Europe where two days ago he placed second in the time trial event Chrono Champenois, in the Champagne region of France. First place went to the current U23 World Champion. Gough's prize? Four bottles of champagne of course!
Looking to September 23rd when he lines up with the best in the world, Gough is aiming for a top placing.
"A top 5 would be amazing. Coming off a 2nd at Chrono Champenois, still 38sec off the current World Champion, I think I'm in a good strong position to push for a top placing," he said.
"To be on the podium would be amazing, but it's the World Championships and there are some very strong riders. I'll do the best ride I can on the day, and if it makes top 5 I would be more than happy."
Also racing in the U23 TT is Gough's Team Pursuit teammate Jesse Sergent.