Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Aaron Gate (Cycling)

  • 01/01/2022

Aaron Gate

Age: 31

Born: November 26, 1990 at Auckland

Height: 1.80m

Events: Road & track cycling

Personal bests: 4000m individual pursuit 4m 08.761s, 4000m team pursuit 3m 42.397s

Coach: Craig Palmer

Previous Commonwealth Games: Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014 (bronze) 

Gate has become the mainstay of New Zealand's powerful pursuit squad over the past decade, since helping the Kiwi foursome to 2012 London Olympics bronze and third at the world championships that same year. 

He won individual world championship gold for the omnium in 2013, with silvers in 2017 and 2021, then won silvers in the team pursuit and madison in 2020.

Aaron Gate wins the 2020 Tour of Southland
Aaron Gate wins the 2020 Tour of Southland. Photo credit: Photosport

The pursuit team finished fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics, losing their bronze-medal ride-off to Denmark, but crashed out at the same stage four years later, when Gate fell and broke his collarbone at Tokyo.

Like teammate Campbell Stewart, Gate has also been named in the NZ road contingent, with a history of impressive results outside. He has twice won Tour of Southland and the NZ Cycle Classic once, and took out the 2021 national time trial crown, winning the same discipline at this year's Oceania championships.

Gate has also won this year's International Tour of Hellas in Greece and previously captured the mountains classification in the Tour of Austria.