The Cycling New Zealand selectors have named a smaller than normal team to represent New Zealand at the 2006 UCI Road World Championships at Salzburg, Austria September 20 – 24.
The team is
* Logan Hutchings (Papamoa) Under 23 men
* Peter Latham (Te Awamutu) Under 23 men
* Tim Gudsell (Te Awamutu) Under 23 men
* Joanne Kiesanowski (Christchurch) Elite women
* Toni Bradshaw (Auckland) Elite women
With the injury to Julian Dean and his subsequent unavailability the decision was made to only select riders in the Under 23 men’s category and New Zealand’s two best performing women road cyclists based on current form.
New Zealand is permitted two competitors in the Under 23 men’s time trial, with the decision as to who they will be made nearer the time. Kiesanowski and Bradshaw will compete in the road race only.
The Under 23 men’s time trial will be held on September 20, on a 39.54km long course.
The Under 23 and elite women road races will be held on September 23, with the Under 23 road race course 176.8km long and the elite women’s course 132.6km long.
i think they are thinking that cycling is a team sport and since Julian and Roulston are out of the mens they chose not to select less expeirenced riders to race overseas which is stupid how are our riders meant to show there potential if they are not offered the chance to race over there againist the worlds best