Jesse Sergent, born in Feilding in 1988, has become one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed cyclists. He showed early on he could mix it with the best, when he was a member of the 2005 gold medal-winning team pursuit at the junior world championships. Sergent won the bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the 2006 junior worlds in Belgium and a silver medal in the team pursuit. In 2008, Sergent was part of the New Zealand pursuit team that finished fifth at the world champs. However, the team - Hayden Roulston, Marc Ryan, Sergent and Sam Bewley - had improved significantly by the time of the Beijing Olympics and won a breakthrough bronze medal there. They rode 3min 59.277s to place themselves second behind Britain in the qualification round. Into the semi-finals, they were timed at 3min 57.536s, quick enough for third and a bronze medal ride-off against Australia. The New Zealanders rose to the occasion, recording 3min 57.776s to beat the demoralised Australians by well over a second. The following year Sergent, Peter Latham, Wes Gough and Ryan picked up a bronze medal in the team pursuit at the 2009 world championships in Poland, beating Britain in the third-place race. Sergent was fifth in the individual pursuit. The good times continued in 2010 when Sergent, Bewley, Ryan, Lathan and Gough won a teams pursuit bronze medal at the world championship in Copenhagen. At the same meeting Sergent rode brilliantly to earn the silver medal in the 4000m individual pursuit. He lost the final to American Taylor Phinney, after being fastest among the qualifiers. Sergent had a busy time in Delhi at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He won a silver medal, along with Latham, Bewley, Ryan and Gough, in the team pursuit, and picked up a second silver medal in the 4000m individual pursuit. On the road he was ninth in the individual time trial. In 2011, Sergeant reaffirmed his place among the elite of cycling with a silver medal in the individual pursuit at the world championships in The Netherlands, losing the gold medal race to Australian Jack Bobridge. In the teams pursuit, Bewley, Latham, Ryan and Sergent were fourth. Repeating their heroics from Beijing, the New Zealanders – Bewley, Ryan, Gough, Sergent and Aaron Gate (who replaced Gough after the first ride) - were again third fastest (in a time of 3min 57.607s) in the qualifying round at the Olympics, behind Britain and Australia. They went even faster in the match round, their 3min 56.442s again placing them third. In the bronze-medal race, the New Zealanders were too good for Russia, recording 3min 55.952s, to win by more than two seconds. When he isn’t winning medals on the track, Sergent has been a strong road rider. In 2008, he had signed with American cyclist Lance Armstrong's under-23 development team, Trek-Livestrong for 2009 and 2010. Sergent became a stagiere with Team Radioshack for the last part of the 2010 season. He then signed a professional contract for 2011 with Team Radioshack. Sergent, with several other riders, joined the former Leopard Trek team to form RadioShack-Nissan, for the 2012 season. In 2013, Sergent rode for RadioShack-Leopard.
In 2014 Jesse placed 3rd in the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland. Glasgow 2014 will be the second Commonwealth Games for Jesse.