Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Mon 23/Feb/09 2:30pm

BikeNZ will embark on a targeted campaign as they hope to build on their Beijing Olympic success through to the 2012 London Olympics.

SPARC has announced today that BikeNZ will receive $3m per year for the next four years for their high performance investment programme.

BikeNZ said they are delighted with the support from SPARC which will enable them to establish a platform from which to build a targeted high performance programme through to the London Olympics.

BikeNZ CEO Kieran Turner said the investment will allow his organisation to put in place core programmes and importantly secure key people and resources to support the athletes prepare through to 2012.

The organisation has targeted the key areas of track cycling and BMX for the bulk of that support – disciplines where BikeNZ believe New Zealand can mount a viable and on-going internationally competitive programme.

However the organisation also realises they will need to add to this fund if they are to mount a successful campaign for 2012 to take on the superpowers of world cycling including Great Britain, USA, Australia and several European nations who have massive high performance budgets.

BikeNZ enjoyed their most successful Olympics in Beijing with medals in the individual pursuit and team pursuit, along with fourth placings in the women’s pursuit and women’s BMX.

“We are very happy that SPARC have a real belief in our plan over the next four years and further,” Mr Turner said. “We know that in New Zealand we cannot gain the sort of funding levels of the major cycling powers to allow us a programme across all of our disciplines.

“We have developed a targeted approach that will still allow us to produce a competitive programme across all of our disciplines but is heavily focussed on track cycling and BMX where we believe we can develop a medal winning competitive programme.”

Mr Turner said that the support for BMX was also an investment in the future with a number of leading riders including Julian Dean, Greg Henderson and Kaytee Boyd all starting in this sport.

“While the SPARC funding is absolutely vital, we are aware that we face a number of major challenges if we want to be successful in London. It is hugely expensive for us to compete on the world stage and our current exchange rate is a further obstacle in that respect.

“We are excited that we can now push forward. We know we have a major challenge now but this SPARC announcement gives us the tools to begin to build what we believe will be successful performance outcomes in London 2012.”
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby Spokes on Mon 23/Feb/09 2:39pm

Woot, more money for BMX tracks....... :)
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby specializedman on Mon 23/Feb/09 5:19pm

I wonder if they will spend it all on bikes?
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby lubie on Mon 23/Feb/09 5:26pm

That's great for BMX! But will MTB see any? hmmmmm let's wait and see how much the new track uniforms cost...
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby specializedman on Mon 23/Feb/09 5:36pm

Lets wait and see how many millions will get blown on a better track bike than Australia has...
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby Fergie on Mon 23/Feb/09 6:44pm

Didn't we kick the once all mighty Aussies into the dirt on the track in Beijing. Money being well spent I think.
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby specializedman on Mon 23/Feb/09 6:52pm

Fergie wrote:Didn't we kick the once all mighty Aussies into the dirt on the track in Beijing. Money being well spent I think.


Yes that is true.

It sounds like we will have more track riders in 2012 all going to plan, especially with the new focus on women's track athletes.
I think we are on track for great success.

Lets hope Roulston will qualify for the road race also so JD will have some help.
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby Spokes on Mon 23/Feb/09 6:53pm

specializedman wrote:Lets wait and see how many millions will get blown on a better track bike than Australia has...


Better spent on a hot BMX bike.....
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby SlackBoy on Mon 23/Feb/09 6:57pm

lubie wrote:That's great for BMX! But will MTB see any? hmmmmm let's wait and see how much the new track uniforms cost...
the first lot, that are all wrong sizes, or the 2nd lot???
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby Spokes on Mon 23/Feb/09 6:59pm

lubie wrote:That's great for BMX! But will MTB see any? hmmmmm let's wait and see how much the new track uniforms cost...


Cant they reuse the old ones?
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby Bling on Mon 23/Feb/09 8:51pm

Its an interesting dilemma. Basically BikeNZ are saying there is no future in NZ mountainbikers on the world stage so no funding will be provided leading up to London. So don't expect any efforts in that area, with the focus on track and BMX as that is where they are getting the results. So if your a MTBer with fast twitch muscles, get on the track or into BMX if you want to join the gravy train.
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby Joel on Mon 23/Feb/09 9:20pm

they say for the "bulk" of the support, so MTB will probably see something. But at the end of the day, performances have been rewarded with funding. Can't argue with that.
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby Fergie on Mon 23/Feb/09 9:36pm

Four years out from London is there anyone you would realistically say will be contending for medals in London.

Walker, Shanks, Roulston, Sergent, Teams Pursuit. Any others?

This is where we should target our very limited resources.
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby Tugboat on Mon 23/Feb/09 9:54pm

specializedman wrote:
Lets hope Roulston will qualify for the road race also so JD will have some help.


Geez... I don't see JD still being around at the top level in 2012. He's already 34 so only realistically and unfortunately has another year or two at best.
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Re: Bikenz Delighted About Funding For London Olympics Campaign

Postby Tugboat on Mon 23/Feb/09 9:55pm

Tugboat wrote:
specializedman wrote:
Lets hope Roulston will qualify for the road race also so JD will have some help.


Geez... I don't see JD still being around at the top level in 2012. He's already 34 so only realistically and unfortunately has another year or two at best.


Hopefully guys like Hutchings, Avery, Gudsell, Bewley and Sergeant continue to develop into really top class roadies.
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