Cyclists 'pretty competitive'

Southlanders supporting their Scully

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014
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LOYAL CREW: A bunch of Tom Scully supporters at Cycle Surgery watch on television he and Shane Archbold compete in the men’s madison race at the world track cycling championships in Colombia yesterday. From left are Grant Bulling, Amanda Nally, obscured back, Stu MacDonald, Glen Thomson, Nathan Pennicott, front, Alice O’Brien, Marcel Baird, Steve Nally, back, Cathy Jordan, front, Cam Karwowski and Gus Gillies.

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Tom Scully had to settle for eighth in the madison race yesterday as Southlanders completed a special five days at the world track cycling championships in Colombia.

Heading into yesterday's final day, Southland's three riders in the New Zealand team , Eddie Dawkins, Pieter Bulling and Tom Scully, had all claimed medals.

Scully on Sunday picked up a silver in the 40km points race and was hoping yesterday to extend the Southland tally to four, which would have remarkably pushed it past the three medals which China mustered.

Back home in Invercargill, also hoping for that result, was a group of his supporters who had gathered at Cycle Surgery where Scully works and lives whenever he returns to train or compete.

Scully lined up in the 200 lap 50km madison event with Shane Archbold and they were initially announced as finishing fourth, just out of the medals.

However, when the officials had a closer look, the New Zealand combination were officially placed eighth.

"It was really fast as everyone was pushing for the sprint points. It was the usual amount of carnage and we were pretty competitive," Scully said soon after the race.

The Cromwell product is now eyeing more success after his positive showing at the world championships.

"I'm really happy to have had the opportunity to get back to track racing at this level. I'm really keen to put my hand up for the Commonwealth Games, that's for sure."

"I will need to sit down with Dayle [head coach Dayle Cheatley] to work out my preparation. I did 90km in two races so I need a real endurance base and therefore I need to work out a balance between the track and racing for my road team in the UK."

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