Cycling: Kiwi Ellesse Andrews makes Olympic-sized statement with Champions League dominance

On the boards where she crushed the Commonwealth, Ellesse Andrews once again stood on top of the podium.

"I love London," Andrews told Newshub. "I like the city, I like the track. Everyone seems to love track cycling here."  

The track Champions League title is the latest addition to her ever-growing CV, with some extra silverware to boot.

"It [the trophy] is massive and it's heavy so, tomorrow, I'm going to have to figure out how to get it home.  

"That's the next problem, but a good problem to have. I'll sort it out later."

A problem is precisely what she's been for her competitors.

Having already won the individual sprint, victory in the keirin semi-final saw Andrews clinch the women's sprint crown with a race to spare.

Ellesse Andrews with her Champions League title.
Ellesse Andrews with her Champions League title. Photo credit: Getty Images

The world champion went on to win that as well.

"It made me feel like I really wanted to just rip it and finish it off really. I think it would've been the same if I hadn't secured it already but it was quite a great feeling."

On debut, Andrews dominated the format, which is in its third year of existence.

"One of the goals or aspirations for the track champions league is to make it more accessible for viewers and for more people to recognise the sport and get hooked on the sport. It's amazing."

Of the 10 races across five Champions League meets, Andrews claimed six; three in each of the keirin and her less-preferred individual sprint.

It's that sort of consistency, and regular riding she's after, as she chases gold in Paris next year.

An added bonus was earlier this month becoming more familiar with the Vélodrome National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, where the Games will be held.  

"It was great, I've been there before so it was cool to solidify what I already knew and get familiar with the place a bit more.

"It's been quite good actually to be able to finish the week and really empty the tank, on the Friday or Saturday and just get some really great racing and training in.

"Sometimes it's hard to get that international racing experience in New Zealand, with it being so far away, whereas the European girls, they can see each other all of the time.  

"It's really important for me to be able to continue getting that experience and exposure."

Exposure is exactly what she's got. Less than nine months until the Olympics, and all eyes are on Ellesse Andrews.