BikeNZ boss Kieran Turner is resigned to making cuts but
insists his organisation is committed to building on its
success over the last four years.
Cycling is regarded as a 'tier one' sport, alongside yachting
and rowing, but will receive only a modest increase of
$300,000, from $15.3 million to $15.6 million over the next
four years, High Performance Sport New Zealand announced
The organisation hoped for more funding for its Olympic
programme based on its growth across several disciplines.
"We've run through various scenarios but we still have to sit
down with HPSNZ in the New Year and work through some of
those," Turner said.
"We've got a large depth of young talent coming through and
we'll want to see how those riders are tracking in 2014,
whether we have the ability to put some further funding
support around them if they look like medal potential as
well... there's a few unknowns."
Turner said that the growth of BikeNZ's high performance
programme, rising costs and the increased outlay for the
Olympic qualification process equated to a significantly
greater spend than what they will receive from HPSNZ.
"We will look closely at the numbers and make some hard
decisions around our overall structure, which programmes we
are able to commit to and the priorities in terms of the
level of support.
"In some ways we are victims of our growth and the investment
we have made. In the last four years BikeNZ has won 16 elite
world championship medals on the track alone. We have seven
riders or teams currently in the top five in the world across
three different codes, and a further five in the top 16 who
are benchmarking strongly against Olympic medallist at the
"Clearly under the current funding levels we will need to
prioritise our investment because we won't have the resource
to deliver across all these riders and teams."
He said the focus for next year was the shift to a
centralised base in Cambridge. He added that he hoped to cash
in on sponsors to help make up the funding shortfall.