Dawkins, Archibald for Mexico
Southland cyclists Eddie Dawkins and Matt Archibald will be part of a four-strong team to compete in the third round of the UCI World Cup in Mexico next month.
The four-strong team to compete will be Eddie Dawkins (Invercargill), Matt Archibald (Invercargill), Sam Webster (Auckland) and Ethan Mitchell (Auckland) with coach Justin Grace.
BikeNZ will continue to send minimum numbers to the early season World Cups in a relatively quiet year of international racing, following on from Cameron Karwowski attending the first World Cup in Cali and Dylan Kennett racing in the second World Cup in Edinburgh.
The focus for endurance riders will be the New Zealand track championships in Invercargill in late January which will form the key selection event for international squads.
Bike NZ's Dayle Cheatley said: "We are obligated to be represented at every World Cup."
"We need four riders for Mexico for our minimum quota, and the sprint men require qualifying points to be considered for selection to the world championships.
Cheatley said the focus for all track riders was the national championships in Invercargill.
"This is key event which will determine selection to squads going forward. It will represent an opportunity for the new group of young riders to test themselves against our proven more experienced riders and put up their hands for selection."
The third round of the UCI World Cup is in Aguascalientes, Mexico in January with the national championships in Invercargill on January 31 to February 3.
The team for the UCI World Cup in Mexico is:
Riders: Eddie Dawkins (Invercargill), Matt Archibald (Invercargill), Sam Webster (Auckland) and Ethan Mitchell (Auckland).
The Southland Times