Posted on Wednesday 9th August, 2023

In Glasgow today, the track Para cycling wrapped up with a total medal count of 10 – New Zealand’s best result by a considerable margin.

Coach Damian Wiseman is thrilled with a best-ever track result at a World Championships:

“To put this campaign in context, the team here has achieved more medals than ever before at a track world champs. It follows on from our success last year – also a best ever with 7 medals. What we have seen here is the bar being lifted a year out from the Paralympics. Everyone’s times have been faster and performances at a higher level than last year and all the Kiwi athletes have risen with this. Numerous world records have tumbled during this competition and our team has had a number of personal best times throughout. It lets us know that we are on track as we head towards Paris 2024 next year.”

Today, we saw Paralympian #213 Sarah Ellington go head-to-head with a packed field in the C1/C2 Scratch Race. She placed 8th.

Wiseman praised the performance:

“It has to be the best scratch race that I have seen Sarah ride. Tactically and strategically she really showed she has stepped up and her physical progress meant that she could deliver on that strategy. She missed being able to go with the other girls with 9 laps to go but really did race an outstanding race.

“She has ridden very strongly over the track competition and is starting to show some of the gains we are making off the bike. The top of her classification is very strong but she has delivered really well over the last week.”

Nicole Murray, Nick Blincoe and Devon Briggs gained valuable Paralympic qualification points in the mixed C1-5 team sprint. They placed a solid 9th out of 14 nations. With a new combination of riders and with a last-minute change to start order, the team delivered a significant PB time.

Looking ahead to Day 1 of road Para cycling

This evening NZST will see the Para Cycling Team relocate to Dumfries and Galloway in southern Scotland. This is where the road Para cycling events take place. The first three athletes up will be Paralympians Stevo Hills, Rory Mead and Eltje Malzbender. Each competes in the Individual Time Trial.

Mead competes on a handcycle and showed a strong return to competition in May when he won silver and bronze in the Huntsville World Cup. Hills and Malzbender compete on a tricycle. Malzbender is a past road Para cycling world champion.


AthleteEventResultSports Class

Day 1

Nicole Murray3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying2nd (qualified for gold final) +3.325 + PBWC5
Anna Taylor3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying3rd (qualified for bronze final) +7.713 + PBWC4
Sarah Ellington3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying5th +22.023WC2
Ben Westenberg4Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying5th +7.016 + PBMC4
Nick Blincoe4Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying22nd +37.730MC4
Devon Briggs3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying4th (qualified for bronze final) +7.416MC3

Day 2

Nicole Murray500m Time Trial Qualifying3rd +0.998WC5
Ben Westenberg200m FS Time Trial 4th +0.962MC4
Nick Blincoe200m FS Time Trial 7th +1.232MC4
Nicole Murray500m Time Trial Finals Bronze +0.639WC5

Day 3

Sarah Ellington200m FS Time Trial 9thWC2
Devon BriggsKilometre Time Trial Qualifying2nd (qualified for final)MC3
Nick BlincoeKilometre Time Trial Qualifying15th +6.901MC4
Ben WestenbergKilometre Time Trial Qualifying9th +4.833MC4
Devon BriggsKilometre Time Trial Finals Bronze +0.644MC3
Anna Taylor10Km Scratch Final4thWC4

Day 4

Nicole Murray200m FS Time Trial 4thWC5
Nicole Murray3Km Individual Pursuit Finals Silver WC5
Devon Briggs15Km Scratch Finals BronzeMC3

Day 5

Sarah Ellington500m Time Trial Qualifying9thWC2
Devon Briggs200m FS Time Trial1st (non-medal event)MC3
Anna Taylor500m Time Trial Qualifying5th +3.092WC4
Nick Blincoe15Km Scratch Finals20thMC4
Ben Westenberg15Km Scratch Finals SilverMC4
Anna Taylor500m Time Trial Finals4th +2.604WC4
Devon Briggs3Km Individual Finals BronzeMC3

Day 6

Anna Taylor200m FS Time Trial 2nd (non-medal event)WC4
Anna Taylor3Km Individual Pursuit Finals4thWC4
Nicole Murray10Km Scratch Finals4thWC5

Day 7

TBCTeam Sprint Qualifying9thM/WC1-5
Sarah Ellington10Km Scratch Finals8thWC2


Ben WestenbergOmnium BronzeC4
Nick BlincoeOmnium11thC4
Devon BriggsOmnium BronzeC3
Anna TaylorOmnium GoldC4
Sarah EllingtonOmnium7thC2
Nicole MurrayOmnium GoldC5

About the World Championships

The UCI Cycling World Championships have been dubbed the ‘Super Worlds’ as they bring together 13 different World Championships in various cycling disciplines into one massive event in Glasgow, Scotland. The Para cyclists compete in track events until Tuesday 8th August, and then contest road events from Wednesday 9th August through to Sunday 13th August.