Queenstowner makes Commonwealth Games cycling squad


Queenstown mountain bike phenom Kate Fluker has landed a place on the Kiwi Commonwealth Games team.

Fluker, 26, was announced today as the sole female mountain biker representing New Zealand in Glasgow this July.

National MTB cross country champion and this year’s Motatapu winner, Fluker will compete in cross-country at the 2014 Games.

She’s away in Europe competing in the UCI World Cup series – a trip funded by Queenstown sponsors and sponsorship events to help her chase a place on the NZ Commonwealth Games cycling squad.

After one sponsorship event, she told Mountain Scene: “It’s hard to believe it’s happening.

“I started biking in 2010 just to meet people in Queenstown.

“So to think I’m trying to qualify for the Commonwealth Games is pretty strange.

“Dad’s stoked – he gets pretty emotional at the finish line of races like the Motatapu.”

Fluker finished 17th at her first cross-country World Cup race of the season in Cairns, Australia, the weekend before last.

Fluker’s main Kiwi competitor, Olympian Karen Hanlen, is attempting to resolve a medical condition, understood to be asthma, but could be added to the Commonwealth Games Team roster early next month.

Fluker joins Motatapu men’s winner Sam Glaze, 18, (Te Awamutu) in the squad, along with Christchurch’s Anton Cooper.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee announced the cycling squad today.

The much-larger road contingent is by five-time world championship medallist Linda Villumsen and double Olympic medallist Hayden Roulston.

New Zealand has 82 Commonwealth Games cycling medals.