Invercargill sprinters Eddie Dawkins and Matt Archibald will race in the UCI's World Cup in Mexico next month.
The pair join fellow sprinters Sam Webster and Ethan Mitchell in the small BikeNZ team, which will be coached by Justin Grace, for the third round.
BikeNZ will continue to send minimum numbers to the early season world cups in a relatively quiet year of international racing, following on from Southland's Cameron Karwowski's attendance at the first World Cup in Cali and Dylan Kennett's racing in the second World Cup in Edinburgh.
The focus for endurance riders will be the New Zealand track championships in Invercargill late next month, the key selection event for international squads.
"We are obligated to be represented at every World Cup," Bike NZ's Dayle Cheatley said.
"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.
"If we want options in terms of the makeup of the team for the world championships then they need to secure qualifying points in Mexico."
Olympic bronze medallist Simon Van Velthooven was not considered. He has just returned this week after racing in the Japan Keirin League, and is scheduled to compete in a range of meets in Tasmania next month.
Cheatley said the focus for all track riders was the national championships in Invercargill.
"This is the 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, on January 17 to 19. The national championships are in Invercargill from January 31 to February 3.
- The Southland Times
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