Coast cycling pair impress at Chinese tour
SELFIES with the locals...Kaden Groves is kind of a big deal in China. The Maroochydore 18-year-old claimed two stage wins as part of the 12-stage Tour of Poyang Lake in China this month.
Providing assistance to Kaden and the St George Continental Cycling Team was fellow Coast rider Michael Ryan.
The 25-year-old intensive care unit nurse at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital was a late inclusion to the team which was his first exposure to international competition.
A member of the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club, Michael is on
the Campos Cycling Team as part of the Queensland Road Team Series.
While a seasoned competitor locally, who won the Charles Coin Memorial mid-year and backed that up with third in the Cunningham Classic, racing in China proved a tough experience as he fulfilled the domestique role.
“It was really tough, solid racing. The GC (general classification) was really competitive this year. More so than the years before apparently,” he said.
“It was full gas nearly every day. “We were chasing stage wins and it was really successful.
“I just helped out in the lead
outs where I could and getting bottles. All the lead outs started 5-6km out and we had to control the race a lot.”
The second week proved particularly tough off the back of the hilly stages.
He was ecstastic to be there to see Kaden hit his straps.
“He was very popular. It was cool, the whole city gets behind the race,” Michael said.
While currently enjoying a break from riding, Michael will be back in the saddle to continue his QRTS commitments and some open races before parking the bike at the end of the year to live and work in the UK.
Kaden Groves (right) taking selfies with fans in China.