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Young cyclist will ride with the big guns

Dec 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Sport


TOM Findlay is just 18, but he will be racing the pros of cycling next month in the 2010 Elite National Road Championships.

He says the under-23 and the open men grades are being combined because there are not enough riders.

“Having a mixed grade will make the field bigger and make a better show.

“I’ll be riding against pros like Hayden Rolleston and Julian Dean,” Tom said.

Two weeks ago, Tom, Palmerston North,  was placed fifth in the Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycling Challenge and he was pleased with his performance.

“When I was in Taupo I was in the best form I had ever been in my life.”

His main goal for the January Elite Nationals in Christchurch is to win.

“It will be one of the biggest races I have ever ridden.”

Tom said the hardest thing on the 186km course will be the hill climb.

“The biggest challenge will be the 1.5km hill on each lap. We have to do it a total of 11 times.”

On average, he is cycling 700km a week to prepare for the championships, which will be held on January 14.

Tom has recently joined a new New Zealand-based cycling team called Bici Vida.

“This is an exciting new team and was introduced by Carl Williams, the New Zealand Olympic sailor.”

Bici Vida made their race debut in early November and placed second in the teams section of the PowerNet Tour of Southland.

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