21 Mar 2012

NZ names massive contingent for Track Cycling Champs

4:29 pm on 21 March 2012

New Zealand will send their largest team ever to next month's UCI World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne.

The team of 20 riders is likely to be the biggest team of any country to contest the five-day event at the Hisense Arena from April the 4th.

It is the first time that New Zealand has fielded riders to contest all four categories - male and female endurance and sprint.

While the team is focused firmly on success in Melbourne, they have one eye on July's London Olympics.

There are no major surprises in the squad with five team pursuiters named for Melbourne, not including the leading rider Jesse Sergent who is unavailable with commitments to his professional road team.

The newcomers include Christchurch teenager Alex Frame, who won two medals in last year's junior world championships in Moscow, and Southland sprinter Matt Archibald.

The team will leave for Melbourne next week.