21 year old Vanderkitten-Focus athletes Emily Collins and Kate Chilcott have been selected by Bike NZ to represent New Zealand at the upcoming UCI Road World Championships in Limburg, Netherlands.
The pair started the season as teammates on the Bike NZ National Team at Tour of New Zealand, both recording top ten finishes on stages of the UCI 2.2 Stage Race.
Emily has had an outstanding season in the USA, Winning Best Young Rider at Tulsa Tough, 2nd place Overall at the Tour of Americas Dairyland, 3rd on Stage 5 of the Nature Valley GP, 3rd at Sea Otter Criterium along with a win at Pleasanton Fast and Furious. Emily just missed a top 10 at the UCI 1.1 Liberty Classic, placing 11th. In preparation for World Championships she has contested the UCI 2.2 Lotto Decca Ladies Tour, where she won the Best Young Riders Jersey.
Kate Chilcott scored a fine podium at MOPro Tour de Grove, 6th at UCI 1.2 Gatineau GP and has been an integral part of Vanderkitten-Focus’ successes this year.
During the season Emily and Kate were based in the Bay Area, and competed in several #NCNCA events.
Vanderkitten-Focus Director of Athletics Jono Coulter “I am extremely buoyed by the news that Bike NZ has selected Emily and Kate alongside Linda Villumsen and Emma Crum at UCI Road World Championships. Emily and Kate both have a level of commitment and dedication that is inspirational. They have set themselves lofty goals and are progressing towards them in a meritous fashion. They are just fast young athletes. Bike NZ is already building their Road Cycling Program towards Rio 2016 and to take a team to Limburg with these two young riders i reckon their future looks bright”.
“It’s also a huge step for our upstart team and all the sponsors, especially Focus Bikes USA who have supported us through a great season, our sixth in the sport. Dave Verrecchia, the founder of Vanderkitten had a vision where female athletes could achieve their potential. We have stuck it out through some tough times and its nice to be able to help these athletes tick their boxes, especially when it is at the pinnacle of the sport”.
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