23 Feb 2015

Cycling NZ on track for Rio

11:54 am on 23 February 2015

Cycling New Zealand believes its track cyclists are on target as they progress towards next year's Rio Olympics.

The team finished the world championships in Paris in equal fourth place on the table with four medals but importantly on top of the world in their two targeted events for Rio.

The New Zealand men's sprint team, Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Edward Dawkins.

The New Zealand men's sprint team, Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Edward Dawkins. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

While they are taking time to pat themselves on the back, head coach Dayle Cheatley says they're firmly focussed on the improvements they need to make to achieve their major goals.

There were no additions to the medal haul on the final day with Sam Webster finishing sixth in sprint competition and Racquel Sheath 10th in the gruelling six-event omnium.

The team finished with a gold in the men's team pursuit, silver in the men's team sprint and keirin to Eddie Dawkins and bronze in the 1000m time trial to Matt Archibald, with a record-equalling fifth medal separated only on countback for teenager Regan Gough in the points race.

Cheatley says in their two targeted events - the men's team sprint and team pursuit - they're on top of their game.

NZ wins 2015 Track Cycling World Championship team pursuit title.

NZ wins 2015 Track Cycling World Championship team pursuit title. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

He says they produced the two fastest times in the world this year in each.

Cheatley says they must keep looking at ways to improve so they can stay ahead.

Cheatley says a key to their continued success is the world behind the scenes.

He says they have a great team of coaches and support staff around them... it's important for the athletes to see the staff working well together and working hard for their outcomes.

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