Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He started cycling on his school team.
|Why this sport?
||He got involved in cycling through a family friend.
|Club / Team
||Marco Polo Cycling Team: New Zealand
|Name of coach
||Preparing for the season he will start by cycling between 500-600km a week, eventually moving up to around 800km. He also spends time in the gym.
||Novie. (bikenz.org.nz, 11 Jun 2011)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning a silver medal at the World Championships. (pezcyclingnews.com, 13 Apr 2011)
|Hero / Idol
||Marc Ryan. (stuff.co.nz, 10 Apr 2011)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||He's well-known for his mullet, which was the result of a bet with New Zealand teammate Hayden Roulston. "It's a bit of a superstition now I guess. I've won two World Cup events with the mullet and people sort of know me because of it." (bendigoadvertiser.com.au, 12 Mar 2011)
|Awards and honours
||He was named the male 'face of cycling' at the 2011 BikeNZ Road and Track Awards. (bikenz.org.nz, 11 Jun 2011)
||To compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (roadcycling.co.nz, 13 Oct 2011)
He was named one of 10 athletes taking part in the Cadbury partnership with the New Zealand Olympic Committee. He received $20000 in chocolate that he could sell in order to receive funding for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. (stuff.co.nz, 19 May 2010)
He recognises some of the events in the omnium can be unpredictable. "All of the timed events I would call my best - they are the controllable events. All three bunch events are uncontrollable. You can be the best there and still be in 16th place." (pezcyclingnews.com, 13 Apr 2011)