Cycling: Aaron Gate powers to gold to extend New Zealand's record haul at world track cycling champs

  • 10/08/2023

New Zealand's premier cyclist Aaron Gate has won the gold medal in the men's Points race on the final day of competition at the UCI World Championships in Scotland.

Gate dominated the 160-lap race, gaining four laps on the field in a magnificent performance to continue his momentum from his historic quadruple gold haul at last year's Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Aaron Gate after his win.
Aaron Gate after his win. Photo credit: Getty Images

He finished the race with 123 points, ahead of Spain's Albert Torres Barcelo (107) and Belgium's Fabio van den Bossche (95).

"It's an understatement to say I've wanted that for a long time," said Gates after his win.

"I last had a crack at the point race at the world champs in 2012 so it's more than 10 years on.

"It's such a special race and to be able to race like that [was great]."

Ellesse Andrews wins bronze.
Ellesse Andrews wins bronze. Photo credit: Getty Images

The world title was Gate's first since his triumph in the omnium back in 2013. It's his third medal of the competition, following his bronzes in the team pursuit and with Campbell Stewart in the madison.

Gates' effort followed another medal-winning effort from compatriot Ellesse Andrews, who added a second medal with a bronze in the women's sprint.

Three days after claiming gold in the Keirin, Andrews accounted for two-time sprint world champion Emma Hinze of Germany in two straight rides in the best of three ride for the bronze medal.

Gates and Andrews' achievements lift New Zealand's medal tally to eight to mark the country's most successful track world championships.

It surpasses their previous best effort of five from Melbourne in 2012, Cali in 2014, and Hong Kong in 2017.