ROULSTON Hayden < Back  
Sport Cycling - Road, Cycling - Track
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Men
Born 10 Jan 1981 in Ashburton, NZL
Height1.90 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Son Moses
Residence Christchurch, NZL
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Trek Factory Racing: United States
Name of coach Dayle Cheatley [national], NZL
General Interest
Nicknames Roly (Athlete, 01 Aug 2004)
Injuries He experienced a problem with his left Achilles during the 2014 Criterium de Dauphine in France, which forced him to withdraw from the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The condition developed as he had been overcompensating for an injury to his right foot. (radionz.co.nz, 16 Jun 2014)

In 2012 he sustained a head injury after crashing on stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana. (stuff.co.nz, 03 Sep 2013)

A hip injury ruled him out of the 2012 Tour of Qatar. (stuff.co.nz, 02 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours In 2009 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. (olympic.org.nz, 2014)
Other sports He was a professional road cyclist between 2003 and 2015, riding for teams such as Trek and Cofidis. (cyclingnews.com, 07 Oct 2015)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (cyclingnews.com, 07 Oct 2015)
Other information ROAD RETIREMENT
He retired from road cycling in 2015 in order to focus on competing in team pursuit ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "My career on the road as a professional is done. I won't go back on the road, I'm not far away from retiring, and hopefully I'm going to retire on the track. It's basically the full circle. I started on the track, I went to the road, now I'm coming back to the track to finish something I started many years ago." (cyclingnews.com, 07 Oct 2015)

ANTI-DOPING OPINION
He has been outspoken about tougher punishments for cyclists caught doping. "I do not believe there should be second chances for anyone caught for major performance enhancing things like blood doping or EPO. If you are caught blatantly cheating by knowingly putting something illegal in your system then you should be gone for life. I think 75% to 85% of the peloton have the same view as me on that." (stuff.co.nz, 29 Dec 2013)

PREMATURE RETIREMENT
He retired in 2006 after medical tests revealed the life-threatening heart condition arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, which left him short of breath and with an irregular heartbeat. He returned to the sport after a chance encounter with a woman in a cafe who introduced him to reiki, a Japanese hands-on healing process that he credits for saving his career. (stuff.co.nz, 14 Nov 2007)