Cycling: World champ Ellesse Andrews on hunt for new coach before Paris Olympics

With less than a year to go until the Paris Olympics, one of New Zealand's best medal prospects - cyclist Ellesse Andrews - is without a coach.

National sprint cycling mentor Nick Flyger resigned in June to head across the ditch, after wife and Australian great Anna Meares was appointed as their chef de mission for Paris 2024.

As the NZ track team looks to build off their greatest haul at a world championships, their young star's unsure just who will help guide her to Paris.

Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy velodrome proved to be NZ track cycling paradise last week, as the Kiwis rode to a record medal haul that included eight medals, two of them gold.

"The squad's just really fed off each other's success and I think Cycling New Zealand in general's in a good place," points race champion Aaron Gate told Newshub. "It's going to be an exciting 12 months."

Ellesse Andrews celebrates her gold medal win at the world champs.
Ellesse Andrews celebrates her gold medal win at the world champs. Photo credit: Getty Images

Arguably the face of the programme, after claiming gold in the keirin and bronze in her less-preferred individual sprint, Andrews says the event has done wonders for her confidence.

"It's great to know that I'm able to go out there, and I'm able to actually push the other riders and push for some really great racing as well," Andrews said.

At a time when her star is on the rise, the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist is now without a coach, with the world championships Flyger's last event in the role.

"I personally clicked well with Nick and he's been great for me as an athlete," said Andrews. "I would love to have him involved in some capacity."

What that looks like is still unclear.

"Not as a head coach, but as some kind of consultant," Andrews suggested. "He's got a lot of knowledge and we don't want to lose it completely."

Cycling NZ high performance director Ryan Hollows agrees.

"That's an option that's been discussed and we've had those discussions with Nick," said Hollows. "We're running quite an open system.

"We discuss it with athletes, other support staff, senior management, so we haven't ruled anything out."

The platform for Paris has been placed - they must now get the right support around it.