Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|Why this sport?
||He used to go mountain biking in the forest with his father on weekends, so he started competing in mountain bike racing before switching his attention to track and road cycling.
|Club / Team
||Bike NZ: New Zealand
|Name of coach
||He spends about 25 hours a week on the road.
||Surfing the Internet, hanging out in cafes, watching films. (ridestrong.org.nz, 27 Mar 2009)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning a bronze medal at the Olympic Games and breaking the four-minute barrier three consecutive times in the Teams Pursuit. (treklivestrongu23.com, 07 Sep 2010)
|Hero / Idol
||Lance Armstrong. (pezcyclingnews.com, 21 Jan 2010)
||He broke his thumb in 2010 after being hit by a car. (nzherald.co.nz, 05 Sep 2010)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||He believes training is only half of what brings success. The other half is advice and encouragement from a mentor. (inspiringnewzealanders.com, 27 May 2008)
|Awards and honours
||In 2005 he was awarded the Inspiring New Zealanders Award. The award is given to young athletes from New Zealand who show outstanding promise in their field. It includes the opportunity to be mentored by current and past athletes from New Zealand who have achieved success. (inspiringnewzealanders.com, 27 May 2008)
||To ride the Tour de France. (nzherald.co.nz, 30 Oct 2011)
He rode for the American team Radioshack for two years, but was released following the team's merger with Leopard-Trek. Despite being linked with Australian ProTour team Green Edge, he started the 2012 season without a team. (rotoruadailypost.co.nz, 05 Jan 2012)
He auctioned the jersey he wore when he won his Olympic bronze medal in aid of victims of the Christchurch earthquake. (bayofplentytimes.co.nz, 27 Feb 2011)