Cycling: Kiwi Commonwealth Games hero Aaron Gate considering Paris Olympics farewell

He'll go down as one of New Zealand's greatest cyclists, and Aaron Gate's given the biggest indication next year's Olympics could be his last.

The four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist is back home for a few weeks to spend time both on the road and track.

And with Paris 2024 less than 18 months away, has he started thinking about what life may look like beyond that?

Aaron Gate shows off his Birmingham Commonwealth Games medal haul.
Aaron Gate shows off his Birmingham Commonwealth Games medal haul. Photo credit: Getty Images

Even when he's at his parents' house in Auckland, 32-year-old Gate makes his mark - the clothes and kit certainly suggest it.

Back home for the first time since before the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, the four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist is spending rare time with the men's endurance team, ahead of next year's Games.

"We've got a year-and-a-half now to work really hard, and get to where we need to be as a team to be able to do that," he told Newshub of the chances of gold in Paris.

Paris could well be a Games like no other for Gate. After a crash ruined his efforts in Tokyo, it will be redemption. 

After that could come retirement.

"It's going to be my fourth one," added Gate. "I don't know how many more there will be.

"Maybe this is the last one."

Add to that his Black Spoke road team now has a ProTeam licence, he'll ride for them at next week's nationals.

"This year is still about progress, continuing to move forward and not overreaching, but also working out what we need to do to be at the top of the sport as a whole team," he said.

But even with all of that going on, the looming Paris prospect has the 32-year-old considering his future.

"I dunno, [I'll] see what the wife says," he joked.

The gate may finally be about to be shut. But first, there's another gold to win.