20 Apr 2013

Bike NZ to tweak track programme

12:34 pm on 20 April 2013

BikeNZ has been forced to tweak their track cycling campaign after changes by the world ruling body the UCI for world championship and Olympic qualification.

The UCI now requires team pursuit to be represented at every World Cup to qualify for the world championships and from there to the Olympic Games.

The other significant change is that the women's team pursuit will now mirror that of the men, moving to four riders over 4000 metres, from the current three riders over 3000 metres.

BikeNZ High Performance Director, Mark Elliott says because of the increased cost their 2013 year will be more low-key across their entire campaign, and for the women's endurance group it means they will be domestically based.

Elliott says their overall goals remain unchanged, which is to focus on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and from early next year begin a world class and fully funded campaign from two and a half years out for the Rio Olympics.

With no women's team pursuit on the schedule for the Commonwealth Games, the programme for the female endurance riders is based in New Zealand and Australia.