17 Nov 2013

Gate wins omnium in Invercargill

6:30 pm on 17 November 2013

Auckland cyclist Aaron Gate signalled he is on track to defend his world title after winning the omnium at the UCI Festival of Speed event at Invercargill's velodrome on Sunday.

It's the first time New Zealand has hosted a UCI Tier One event which began the qualifying process for the 2016 Rio Olympics, attracting riders from six nations against a strong local contingent.

Gate was the odds-on favourite for the men's omnium title, while fellow London Olympian Lauren Ellis put her hand up for Rio consideration with a solid effort to win the women's six-discipline event.