The NSL is new in 2022 and is aimed at increasing New Zealand’s competitiveness and preparedness for sprint racing as WOC moves to a sprint only WOC in even years from this year. The initial NSL will contain 6 individual sprints, 2 knock-out sprints and a sprint relay based on regional teams.
Scoring in the individual sprints will be the same as for the NOL races, but will be based largely on overall position for the KO sprints. An athletes 4 best scores from the 6 individual races plus their best KO score will determine their final points.
Athletes will be assigned to a regional team. This will be based on where they are living/studying and not on what club they belong to. The three regional teams: Northern Knights, Central Scorchers and Southerly Storm will contest a teams competition based on the best results of their individual athletes in each round plus the results of sprint relays.
The 2022 competition consists of the following events
Round 1: 3 individual sprints and a KO in Palmerston North/Levin (early March)
Round 2: ONZ Champs sprint and follow on sprint relay and KO sprint in Nelson/Blenheim (Easter)
Round 3: 2 individual sprints and a 2×2 sprint relay in New Plymouth (early May)
Final individual scores following Round 3 in New Plymouth are shown below for the men’s and women’s competition:
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