The eight strong New Zealand track cycling team have arrived in Bordeaux, France for the 2006 UCI Track Cycling World Championships which begin next Thursday, April 13. The eight member squad contains two members that did not compete at the Commonwealth Games, Junior World Track Champion Sam Bewley from Rotorua and National Time Trial Champion Dave Cresswell from Canterbury.
Most of the squad arrived from Auckland overnight, with Tim Gudsell and Joanne Kiesanowski already based in the Northern hemisphere. The Track World Championships will see over 260 cyclists from 37 countries compete during the four day event for the 15 World Champion titles available. New Zealand expects to enter cyclists in nine of the 15 events. Greg Henderson, who has been on the podium at the last three track world championships, along with Hayden Roulston, were unavailable for selection due to their road team commitments.
The New Zealand team in Bordeaux is: Joanne Kiesanowski, Alison Shanks, Jason Allen, Sam Bewley, Dave Cresswell, Hayden Godfrey, Tim Gudsell and Marc Ryan. The team will be directed by coach Terry Gyde.