Posted on Tuesday 8th August, 2023

Two Kiwi World Champions were made today, and they are over the moon. Paralympians Nicole Murray and Anna Taylor’s strong results through the competition added up to Omnium golds and World Championship titles in their respective sports classes. This brings the New Zealand Para cycling medal tally to 10 so far.

A rainbow jersey birthday present for Anna Taylor

New C4 world champion Paralympian #225 Anna Taylor is grinning from ear to ear with the best result of her career to date. What’s more, it has fallen on what will surely be a memorable 32nd birthday! The C4 rider has really shown how much she’s developed in this World Championships with a number of PBs and career firsts throughout the track racing. Today’s gold is her first medal of the World Championships so far.

The Cambridge 32-year-old has consistently demonstrated herself to be the “consummate rider”, as the commentators describe her. Her results added up to Omnium success for the new World Champion, who shared:

“Pretty stoked. Yeh, I’m over the moon. Best way to spend my birthday!”

Previously an accomplished rower, Taylor received a C4 classification after Acute Cauda Equina Syndrome (compression of the nerve roots in the spine).

Back-to-back Omnium golds for Nicole Murray

Paralympian #222 Nicole Murray has now won the C5 Omnium gold two years in a row. That doesn’t make it any less special for the Otorohanga native:

“Stepping up to the top step on the podium is special every single time. This campaign I’ve worked for, race by race, and to finish on the top is just awesome. To hear the New Zealand anthem and see all the Kiwis in the crowd cheering me on and just feel that support.”

Today’s gold completes the set for the C5 Para cyclist, who previously won bronze in the 500m Time Trial and silver in the 3km Individual Pursuit. The 30-year-old was pipped at the post for a Scratch Race medal today, finishing 4th, but the result was still enough for her to top the Omnium points table.

Following one more day of track competition, all six of the track Para cyclists will proceed to road Para cycling. 3 more teammates in tricycle and handcycle classes will join them there. With strong credentials in road as well as racing, we may well hear more from both Murray and Taylor in this World Championships.


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

Looking ahead to Day 7

Paralympian #213 Sarah Ellington battles the C2 field in the 10km Scratch Race tomorrow. A sprint team of Nicole Murray, Nick Blincoe and Devon Briggs will join forces in the C1-5 Mixed Team Sprint.

See the schedule of when the New Zealanders compete. Livestreaming is available for some events, and links to the livestreams are provided on the schedule.

About the World Championships

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

What do the classifications mean in Para cycling?

  • Classification groups Para cyclists with an eligible impairment into sports classes, according to how much their impairment affects their ability to carry out the fundamental activities in their sport.
  • Para athletes who are able to use a standard bicycle (with approved adaptations) compete in the five sport classes C1-5.
  • Sport class C1 is allocated to athletes with the most severe activity limitation. The sport class C5 is allocated to athletes with minimum impairments.
  • The C1-5 sport classes include athletes with limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or range of motion and impairments affecting co-ordination, such as uncoordinated movements and involuntary movements.