Olympic track pursuit gold medalist Sarah Ulmer will not represent New Zealand on the road at this year's world championships in Austria, September 19-22, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Ulmer has spent much of this season battling a lower back problem that put her out of the road race at the Commonwealth Games in March, despite a very strong start to her 2006 road campaign with a win on home soil at the World Cup round in Wellington.
Ulmer says she can still ride but only to a certain level, which is about 15 per cent below what she needs to be competitive. However, she is determined to solve the problem and return to racing. To that end, Ulmer plans to visit the Australian Institute of Sport this week to seek advice.