New Zealand will be sending a four-man team to compete in this year's Skilled U.C.I. Sprint series at the Basslink Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals. Last year New Zealand did not contest the sprint series – withdrawing at the last moment because they did not consider their sprint riders were of a high enough calibre for world sprinting.
Since then, New Zealand Olympic Cycling Coach Wil Rastrick has formed a new sprint group that competed admirably at the recent World Cup event in Melbourne. Riders Eddy Dawkins, Sam Webster and Regan Sheath will compete in the sprint series whilst Penny Day will ride in the women's points event.