Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Zealand track cycling continues its brilliant rise

Absolutely brilliant news out of the World track cycling championships in Paris today.

If it wasn't already apparent, New Zealand track cycling is in the middle of an absolutely stunning era, the greatest in its history.

A gold medal over the British in the team pursuit is a stellar result which after yesterday's sprint triumph over the French, albeit rescinded to a silver medal for a technicality, will have the world buzzing.

New Zealand are no longer making up the numbers, they are setting the pace, and they will be featuring prominently in everyone's assessments ahead of the Olympic Games next year.

Add to that success the effort of Eddie Dawkins taking a silver medal in the men's keirin with team-mate Sam Webster in sixth place and it is clear this success is no fluke.

The men's pursuit team of Dylan Kennett, Pieter Bulling, Alex Frame and Marc Ryan qualified for the final by heading off Switzerland while Britain beat Canada.

Cycling has followed rowing in showing what can be done when intelligent resourcing, quality coaching, inspired vision and participant skill and strength are combined. It's an impressive mix and nowhere near fulfilment.

(Photo: Guy Swarbrick/Cycling New Zealand)

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