Coast cycling pair im­press at Chi­nese tour

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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.

PHOTO: MICHAEL RYAN

Kaden Groves (right) tak­ing self­ies with fans in China.

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