Drys­dale to bike

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Olympic gold medal rower Mahe Drys­dale is the first en­try in a new moun­tain bike teams event in the Mo­tat­apu in early March.

Drys­dale, a two time Olympic gold medal­list and five time world cham­pi­onship-win­ning rower, last en­tered the 47km Mo­tat­apu race between Glendhu Bay and Ar­row­town in 2014.

Re­turn­ing will give him a chance to im­prove his per­for­mance, he says.

‘‘I was cer­tainly up with the play on the up­hill, but re­mem­ber be­ing on the edge of con­trol on the down­hill and get­ting passed by hun­dreds of peo­ple. I am go­ing to have to work on that as­pect ... in the next few months.’’

He is yet to con­firm his team­mate, but hints that it is likely to be some­one who has also tasted suc­cess at the Olympic Games.

‘‘I have spo­ken to a few, but for the mo­ment I am wait­ing to hear on avail­abil­ity. I would love to ride with one of my peer sports­peo­ple, maybe a rower but they could be from any num­ber of other sports.

The new team cat­e­gory sees teams of two ride in the same cy­cling jersey, stay­ing no more than two min­utes apart through­out the ride and en­joy­ing the ben­e­fit of start­ing in the first wave of rid­ers.

Drys­dale is cur­rently en­joy­ing his time away from row­ing and is ex­pect­ing an­other baby with wife Juli­ette in Jan­uary ahead of the Mo­tat­apu in March.

MAR­JORIE COOK

Ben de Ri­vaz, event di­rec­tor of Bre­caWanaka, at Dublin Bay.

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