The Vantage New Zealand women’s team pursuit broke the national record to qualify top of the rankings on the opening morning of the Tissot UCI Track World Cup at the Avantidrome in Cambridge.

The combination of Kirstie James, Rushlee Buchanan, Holly Edmondston and Bryony Botha clocked 4:14.483 to top qualifiers, which broke the record of 4:16.028 that they set at the World Cup in Cambridge in January.

The Australian world champions, in their first hit-out in this campaign, were second fastest and will take on Canada in the first round.

The New Zealand quartet took on the Subway New Zealand team in the first round and after disposing of them they’ll now tackle Australia in the gold medal final. Bronze will be a battle between the Subway New Zealand quartet and Canada.

Limited tickets remain for the event ranging from $30 for adults and $15 for children and all-sessions for three days from $189 for adults and $108 for children, available through ticketek.co.nz.  

Photo: Guy Swarbrick

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