Olympic cyclists have rare chance to race together

The New Zealand Olympic Track Cycling Team took a rare opportunity to compete alongside Invercargill ahead of this week’s Elite Track Cycling Championships.

Sam Dakin and Ethan Mitchell. Photo: Photosport

The Tokyo squad is enjoying much-needed running competition that marks the completion of the final training block before their final training phase for the Olympics.

Much of the team has spent the last training block competing in road events, and the championships offer a chance to refocus on match preparation.

“It is an important indicator for progress for Olympic and Paralympic athletes as these athletes enter the finals for Japan.” says Martin Barras, High Performance Director of Cycling New Zealand.

The Elite track teams completed two time trials, to mimic their races in Tokyo, with a first qualifying lap in the afternoon and a second race in the evening at the Invercargil velodrome.

The quartet of the men’s team pursuit impressed with a 3: 46.6 over 4000m, almost a second faster than the silver medal victory time set at the World Championship last year.

Time is just two seconds off Denmark’s world record set in …

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