Something wrong in the world of NZ Cycling

Hokitika rider Sharlotte Lucas was not selected in the New Zealand squad for the Road World Championships.

Is New Zealand cycling in the real world or do they just like their selections being challenged?

Stories of upset in New Zealand sport often grace our sporting pages.? Women?s hockey is the latest, Track cycling and the Swimming association are just some that spring to mind.

The latest, again, is cycling and their exclusion of?Hokitika rider Sharlotte Lucas from??September’s Road World Championships in Austria.

On Stuff Cycling New Zealand high-performance director Martin Barras said that they were very pleased with her performance at the Commonwealth Games where she finished 4th but at which she again had to appeal her original non-selection for the?event. quote:

But this is a very different course at the world championships and more importantly she is not racing in Europe and wasn’t planning to be in Europe for the final preparation.

She’s not the type of rider that we deem is going to perform particularly well on a course that hilly, so if you talk about?Sharlotte?specifically that is the basis on why she wasn’t selected.

It’s not that we don’t think very?highly of her as a bike rider, it’s just a little bit like selecting a sprinter for a really, really hilly course. It doesn’t suit the purpose. end quote.

Viewing this from the outside and with no inside knowledge it would appear there is almost a campaign against this rider.

  1. The 26-year-old actually qualified for the world championships by winning the women’s road race at the Oceania championships. Lucas also beat both Anderson and Harvey, who have been selected for the team, by over a minute on a very hilly course in Tasmania to win, the runner up Grace Brown is in the Australian team for the world champs.
  2. Lucas beat both Anderson and Harvey to finish second at the New Zealand championships.
  3. New Zealand qualified six riders for the women’s road race but will only send a team of three.
  4. Lucas appealed her omission from the 2018 Commonwealth Games squad and went on to finish fourth place in the women’s road race.
  5. She also finished in 13th place to Andersons 32nd and Harveys 67th in the Herald Sun tour on another very hilly course this year.

There appears to be something wrong in the world of New Zealand cycling.