Sandler joins elite team for Norway

17:31, Jun 27 2014
Veronique Sandler
OFF TO NORWAY: Veronique Sandler will compete in the world mountain bike championships in September.

Nelson's Veronique Sandler is one of four elite women's riders named in the downhill team for September's world mountain bike championships in Norway.

New Zealand will send a hefty squad of 28 to the event, with Bike New Zealand and Mountain Bike New Zealand announcing they are putting 10 riders, led by Commonwealth Games representatives Karen Hanlen, Kate Fluker, Anton Cooper and Sam Gaze, into the cross-country competition, while a further 18 riders, headed by world No 2-ranked Sam Blenkinsop, will compete in downhill competition.

Joining Sandler in the women's downhill squad are Wellington's Sarah Atkin, Queenstown's Alanna Columb and Auckland's Sophie Tyas.

The September event will see the cross-country and downhill competition take place at Hafjell with trials and cross-country eliminator racing taking place at Lillehammer, both alpine resorts which hosted the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.

Some of the Kiwi team have enjoyed success at Hafjell since it joined the World Cup circuit in 2012.

George Brannigan was runner-up in downhill at the World Cup in 2012 with compatriot Cameron Cole sixth, while Blenkinsop was fourth last year.

The cross-country competition begins with the team relay on September 3 followed by three days of individual racing with the downhill titles to be decided on September 7.


The Nelson Mail