Memorial ride planned to honour Olympic cyclist Olivia Podmore

The family of Olivia Podmore have organised a memorial ride in honour of the Olympic cyclist.

Podmore died on Monday after sharing a social media post about the pressure of elite sport. She was 24 years old.

She had previously represented New Zealand at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

"Anyone who knew Liv, maybe met her once or twice, or even watched her journey and successes online and through social media, knows just how much Liv loved to ride her bike. She absolutely adored being on two wheels," Podmore's family wrote in a Facebook post.

The memorial ride will be held in Christchurch on Saturday, beginning at 10am. People are asked to meet at Princess Margaret Hospital, before riding to Sumner via Cashmere and Heathcote Valley. The event will end with a gathering at the Scarborough Park playground.

"This will be an opportunity for us all to take a moment and reflect on [Podmore's] infectious energy and smile, her care and love for any person she met, and dedication to anything she pursued."

The family asks bikers to respect the road rules, warning participants that no roads will be closed or intersections patrolled during the ride.

"Look out for each other. Talk, chat. Check in on your mates."

Olivia Podmore.
Olivia Podmore. Photo credit: Getty Images

Both Sport New Zealand and Cycling New Zealand say they are doing everything they can to support those affected by Podmore's death.

Cycling NZ chief executive Jacques Landry said support is being provided to those closest to the cyclist, including her former teammates - some of whom are currently in managed isolation after returning from the Tokyo Olympics.

"We put our crisis management team in place as soon as we got the news," he said.

"We've been working long hours, and will continue to work long hours until we know every single person is out of harm's way, to a certain degree, and we know they're taken care of, and know there's some good support in MIQ and also outside of MIQ."

Landry added that there will be a review into Podmore's death.

"We're going to be questioning this for a long time," he said.

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