16 Dec 2010

New Zealand cyclists climb new heights for World Cup

5:46 am on 16 December 2010

New Zealand's track cyclists are in the mountain city of Cali in Colombia for the second round of the UCI Track World Cup starting on Friday as they look to take their preparations for the 2012 Olympics to new heights.

A 13-strong squad will compete in the three-day meet with selectors bringing in most of their track stars from the Delhi Commonwealth Games to compete at Cali, a city which sits a kilometre above sea level.

The World Cup carries qualifying points for the London Olympics.

Six riders competed at the first World Cup in Melbourne earlier this month comprising the men's team sprint trio of Sam Webster, Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell who won a silver medal in Australia, keirin specialist Simon Van Velthooven, surprise Omnium winner Shane Archbold and Lauren Ellis.

They have been joined by Delhi medallists Alison Shanks, Joanne Kiesanowski, Jesse Sergent, Marc Ryan, Wes Gough and Sam Bewley along with national road champion Rushlee Buchanan.

The competition begins on Friday morning (NZ time) and continues until Sunday.