Champion's rainbow colours for Mudgway

19:57, Aug 19 2014
ON TRACK: Palmerston North's Luke Mudgway has just back from the Junior World Track Cycling Championships where he won a gold medal in the madison and bronze in team pursuit.

Palmerston North's Luke Mudgway helped end a gold medal drought for New Zealand after winning the madison at the junior world championships in South Korea.

Mudgway won gold with Waipukurau's Regan Gough in the 120-lap madison, as well as a bronze medal in the team pursuit.

Mudgway brought home the world champion's rainbow jersey which was a good feeling.

"For me and Regan, it's been a big focus for us from when we first started training a few months ago," he said. "We knew we had a good chance of winning a medal.

"New Zealand have medalled in that for the last four or five years, but no team ever won the madison in juniors or elite."

The last Kiwis to win a gold medal were current world and Commonwealth Games sprint champions Sam Webster and Ethan Mitchell (with Cam Karwowski) in 2009.


Gough also won the 25km points race, becoming the first New Zealand male to win a points race title at the junior world championships.

Mudgway said it was incredible to get the win but really hard.

"I knew about halfway through it [we would win] when we were leading with Germany. We had to focus and stay focused and we did that and managed to get the win."

The pair became the first world champions for coach Ross Machejefski.

"Me and Regan were stoked," Mudgway said. "It's a pretty humbling experience being up there hearing your own national anthem."

The 18-year-old Palmerston North Boys' High School student and Gough have done plenty of racing together previously. Mudgway is originally from Waipukurau, but shifted to Palmerston North two years ago yet still rides for Central Hawke's Bay.

"We're best mates on and off the bike," Mudgway said. "We've raced each other for the last four or five years. We basically know what we've got to do before we've got to do it.

"It makes it easy. In madison you have to be so focused and know your team-mate.

Mudgway, who also finished ninth in the scratch race, rode the team pursuit with Gough, Nick Kergozou and Jack Ford and said they were disappointed not to win the team pursuit.

They qualified second, losing the semifinal to Colombia, then beat Italy for the bronze medal.

Mudgway found the different Asian culture interesting.

They had to be careful with what they ate and had seminars before they went to help them deal with the overwhelming atmosphere in a velodrome that could accommodate 30,000 people.

Mudgway is taking a break and will then start training for the Tour of Southland in November.

Next year he hopes to move to Cambridge and go into the elite cycling programme at the Bike NZ base.

Palmerston North's Kate Stewart was seventh in the team sprint with Christchurch's Olivia Podmore, while Ashhurst's Jordan Castle was eighth in the men's team sprint with team-mates Lewis Eccles and Michael Culling.

Castle finished fifth in the keirin and Mudgway was ninth in the 10km scratch race.

At this year's track nationals Mudgway won the scratch race, bronze in the pursuit and silver on both the points race and team sprint.

He also won the under-19 road race at the club nationals in May.

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