The UCI World Track Championships in Apeldoorn were a mixed bag for the New Zealand squad who came away with just 1 medal courtesy of Rushlee Buchanan in the women’s omnium. There were a number of highs in terms of performances delivered and many learning points to take away from the championships.
Cycling New Zealand high performance director, Martin Barras said the team will quickly review following the championships before re-setting their sights.
“Our championship has been a mixed bag. Our highlights were the performances in both the men’s and women’s omnium and the women’s team sprint where we exceeded expectations,” said Barras. “We were also able to expose some of our new talent to the highest level of competition available.”
Speaking about the performance of the men’s team sprint, who were uncharacteristically below standard this year, sprint coach Anthony Peden said, “We were prepared. There were a couple of technical things in each of the individual rides and they got magnified. It only takes a minute thing,” said Peden. “I do not think it was anything to do with their form. We came here well prepared to defend our world title and the boys had full belief.”
Barras said the next few weeks will be important.
“For us this championship is the start of our campaign towards Tokyo 2020 and the first steps we take to improve ourselves will be critical. The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast now awaits us where we will have the opportunity to show we are moving in the right direction.”