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2 Oct, 2009

The slick black latex clad New Zealand track cycling team are leaving nothing to chance ahead of next year's Commonwealth games in India. In doing so they have turned to an Australian who has worked with some of the world's best to ensure our riders coming through are getting the most out of their position on the bike.

Brian McLean an engineer and Doctor of anatomy has refined the sitting positions of all of Australias best modern riders and now he's earning Kiwi dollars!  

"To have that kind of experience is really really important for our track program in terms of taking it to the next level," says Craig Palmer coach of World Champion Ali Shanks.

Twenty-one-year-old team pursuiter Rushlee Buchanan is grateful for McLeans help as reported by ONE News.

"In the IP and TP it's all about the aerodynamics and position. I mean everyone is at that top top level so you really are looking for the millimetres for the milliseconds."

Invercargill's Tom Scully got the McLean treatment yesterday. Put to the test in the wind tunnel it appears it's his personal grooming not his bike position slowing him down.  

"We've done few tests and actually taped up the back of the hair to the back of my head and it was actually a lot faster. I think it was two seconds faster so it could be the number 1 hair cut coming in."

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