Aucklander Aaron Gate joined a select group of New Zealand cycling world champions when he won the gruelling omnium event at the 2013 world track championships in Minsk, Belarus. Gate, born in 1990, fought doggedly to win the six-event omnium, the cycling equivalent of the decathlon. He earned his gold medal with an outstanding performance on the second day of the two-day contest, when he won two events and beat his major rival in the other. It was a close-run thing, but Gate eventually finished with 18 points, to head off Olympic champion Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark and defending world champion Glenn O’Shea of Australia. The victory confirmed what cycling followers had known for some time – that Gate was a rare talent with abnormal versatility. He took up cycling while attending Auckland Grammar and improved quickly. New Zealanders first noticed him when he rode well at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, finishing a fighting fifth in the 40km points race. By 2012 he was a key member of the national track squad and was in the New Zealand men’s pursuit team that earned a bronze medal at the world championships in Melbourne, as well as placing fourth in the points race. At the London Olympic Games that year, he was part of a strong five-man teams pursuit squad, along with Sam Bewley, Marc Ryan, Wesley Gough and Jesse Sergent. Gough rode in the qualifying round, but Gate replaced him for the first round proper and then for the bronze medal ride-off against Russia. The New Zealanders were too good for Russia, recording 3min 55.952s, to win by more than two seconds. Gate is not just a multi-talented track rider. He has campaigned extensively as a road cyclist too, representing the Ireland-based Post Chain Reaction team.