Wanaka road cyclist Mikayla Harvey has been named in a 30-strong New Zealand cycling team for next month’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The squad also includes track cyclist and Tokyo medallist Ellesse Andrews, a former Wanaka resident who studied at Mount Aspiring College before moving to Cambridge several years ago.
Harvey is in Europe riding professionally on the road circuit and could not be contacted.
Patrick Harvey was delighted for his daughter, who was just coming back into some good form following a bout of Covid-19.
“I haven’t spoken to Mikayla since it was officially announced, and she is in the middle of a tour at the moment, but it is super important,” Mr Harvey said.
“For road cyclists it is quite a bit different from track cyclists.
“They’ve still got their whole road campaign and professional life. But the Commonwealth Games and Olympics are a chance to represent your country and that is special.
“So it is pretty cool to have that opportunity to put on the black jersey.”
The strong women’s road team also includes Nelson cyclist Niamh Fisher-Black, Dunedin’s Ella Harris and Auckland cyclists Ally Wollaston and Georgia Williams.
It is unclear which riders will compete in the women’s time trial for New Zealand, but both Harvey and Harris are strong in the discipline.
New Zealand cycle team for Commonwealth Games in Birmingham:
Road: Ally Wollaston, Henrietta Christie, Niamh Fisher-Black, Ella Harris, Mikayla Harvey, Georgia Williams, Shane Archbold, Jack Bauer, Patrick Bevin, Dion Smith, Aaron Gate, Campbell Stewart.
Sprint: Ellesse Andrews, Olivia King, Rebecca Petch, Emily Shearman, Sam Dakin, Bradley Knipe, Callum Saunders, Sam Webster.
Endurance: Bryony Botha, Michaela Drummond, Emily Shearman, Ally Wollaston, Aaron Gate, George Jackson, Jordan Kerby, Nick Kergozou, Tom Sexton, Campbell Stewart, Corbin Strong.
Mountain bike: Anton Cooper, Sam Gaze, Ben Oliver.
Road reserves: Laurence Pithie, Logan Currie.