Rewrit­ing cy­cling record books

Waipa Post - - News -

The New Zealand women’s team pur­suit quar­tet, in­clud­ing two Te Awa­mutu Sports’ rid­ers, rewrote the record books at the open­ing Tis­sot UCI World Cup in France.

Kirstie James, Holly Ed­mond­ston and Te Awa­mutu Sports’ Rush­lee Buchanan and Bry­ony Botha claimed their first World Cup sil­ver medal and a New Zealand record, bet­ter­ing the pre­vi­ous time set at the Rio Olympics.

New Zealand was pipped by just 0.6sec in an ex­cit­ing fi­nal by Aus­tralia. The new-look team, un­der the guid­ance of new coaches Ross Machejef­ski and Alexan­dra Green­field, qual­i­fied fastest. They dis­posed of Ger­many in the first round in 4:20.143. Aus­tralia set the marker with a 4:18.441 ef­fort to beat the Ital­ians to take the favourites tag into the fi­nal.

The Aus­tralian team opened the nar­row­est of leads af­ter the first 1000m but there was lit­tle sep­a­rat­ing the two at 2000m with the gap at only 0.7s at 3000m.

The Ki­wis fought back to al­most pip the Aus­tralians in an ex­cit­ing fi­nal four laps, hav­ing to set­tle for sec­ond in 4:17.560.

“It is a re­ally good start­ing point,” said the ex­pe­ri­enced Buchanan.

“We are a fresh team and not ta­pered. It is the first time this group has rid­den to­gether, and while we had a few hic­cups in the first two rides, we were calm and col­lected at the busi­ness end of the event.

“It is a tes­ta­ment to the work we have been do­ing and im­por­tantly the cul­ture we have been cre­at­ing, and the ben­e­fit of that came out in the fi­nal when we laid it down and had a ride we could be proud of.” Na­tional cham­pion Kirstie James en­dorsed the im­pact of the new coach­ing staff and ap­proach.

“The turn­ing point has been the cul­ture shift. We have de­vel­oped a lot of trust with each other. A fresh start with new coach­ing staff and Cy­cling New Zealand staff in gen­eral has made a big im­pact in how we op­er­ate which I think is pos­i­tive mov­ing for­ward.”

Photo / Guy Swar­brick.

The Van­tage New Zealand women’s team pur­suit of, from left, Kirstie James, Holly Ed­mond­ston, Bry­ony Botha and Rush­lee Buchanan on the podium at the UCI Track World Cup com­pe­ti­tion in Paris.

Photo / Guy Swar­brick.

New Zealand women’s team pur­suit in ac­tion at the open­ing UCI Track World Cup com­pe­ti­tion in Paris.

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