There have been two additions to the New Zealand Cycling team for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Hayden McCormick (Te Awamutu) and Jason Christie (Tasman) have been added to the team for the road race which takes place on the final day of the Commonwealth Games on Saturday 14 April.
McCormick, who rides for the UK-based ONE Pro Cycling UCI Continental team, was added when Hamish Bond opted to focus on his preferred time trial event. McCormick, who won the UCI New Zealand Cycle Classic and runner-up in the New Zealand Championships, had been originally been a non-travelling reserve for the team.
McCormick joins fellow ONE Pro Cycling teammate James Oram in the New Zealand team.
Jason Christie, who won the New Zealand road championship title for a second time in January, has also been added to the team to replace Alex Frame.
Frame, who has recently begun his first World Tour contract with the Trek-Segafredo team, was a late withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games cycling team. Although initially freed up to compete, his services are now required by Trek-Segafredo with the Gold Coast race amidst the Spring Classics season in Europe.
Christie was the next listed non travelling reserve, with his late entry approved by the Commonwealth Games Association. The 27-year-old, originally from South Canterbury but now competing for Tasman, will compete in the Oceania Championship in Tasmania this weekend
The New Zealand men’s cycling team for the road race is:
Shane Archbold (Aqua Blue Continental team, Timaru), Jack Bauer (Mitchelton-Scott World Tour, Golden Bay), Jason Christie (Tasman), Sam Gaze (Specialized, Cambridge), Hayden McCormick (ONE Pro Cycling Continental, Te Awamutu), James Oram (ONE Pro Cycling, Auckland).