NZ cyclists already looking to Tokyo 2020

Author
Radio Sport staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 22 Aug 2016, 2:04PM
Sam Webster (Getty Images).
Sam Webster (Getty Images).

NZ cyclists already looking to Tokyo 2020

Author
Radio Sport staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 22 Aug 2016, 2:04PM

Thoughts of Tokyo are already on the minds of some as the Rio Olympics come to a close.

New Zealand finishes the games with 18 medals across nine sports, with great success in sailing and athletics, but disappointments in cycling and swimming.

Track cyclist Sam Webster said it's not like they had one silver medal and lots of blowout results.

He said every country is now chasing Great Britain.

"We need to look and see what were their critical success factors and what ways that we think they got their riders to improve. Also work out what we think we can do or to put our own Kiwi twist on that."

Webster said many of them will take a break before getting back to training in October and plotting the next four years.

"Sitting down around the table with the coaches and then down together and planning how we are going to take the steps to get there and how we're going to improve, evolve and innovate because that's what needs to be done.

"We need to work out how to do a 42-2 which we need to win in Tokyo."

Webster said many riders try different events in the first year after an Olympics, and he's keen to have a go at the kilo time trial.