8 Apr 2016

Track cyclists play down concern over Olympic velodrome

6:42 am on 8 April 2016

Cycling New Zealand is playing down any concern over its Olympic track cycling team not being able to test ou the velodrome ahead of August's Rio Olympics.

Rio organisers have had to cancel this month's test event at the velodrome because construction still isn't complete.

However Cycling New Zealand high performance director Mark Elliott says it doesn't bother him or the athletes.

Natasha Hansen, Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins at the NZ Olympic sprint cycling team naming.

Natasha Hansen, Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins at the NZ Olympic sprint cycling team naming. Photo: Photosport

"We'll give them (the cyclists) as much detail as possible. They'll come in ten days before competition and get a full week on it and dial in that technical capacity," said Elliott.

"We'll train on four different velodromes between now and getting to Rio so you have to adapt everytime."

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Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The event was due to take place later this month but the track won't now be completed until the end of May.

Organisers say the delay was due to problems importing Siberian wood which is being used to build the track.

"We had some logistical problems, such as unloading the wood into the venue and to install containers and offices, and we realised that it was too close for us to make sure that the track was perfectly installed."

On Thursday the World Champion men's team sprint track cyclists Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins and women's sprinter Natasha Hansen were confirmed as the first riders selected to the New Zealand Olympic cycling team.

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