Kuys­ten wins battle for line

South Waikato News - - SPORT / TE PAPA HA¯KINAKINA - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A last-minute road trip with friends re­sulted in a win for Josh Kuys­ten at the 2015 round-the-moun­tain cy­cle chal­lenge.

The 24-year-old Toko­roa cy­clist en­tered the Taranaki event at the last minute, con­test­ing the men’s 20-24 age group.

‘‘I’ve just been a week­end war­rior re­ally. Work­ing 40-plus hours a week makes it hard to fit in much trav­el­ling away.’’

The builder by trade con­sid­ered the sport a ‘‘hobby’’ and only en­tered be­cause his friends did.

He out­gunned a wily leg­end among cy­cling ranks in a two-way sprint fin­ish against five-time na­tional road cham­pion Gor­don McCauley at the line.

‘‘It was un­ex­pected and over­whelm­ing . . . you’ve just got to back your­self.’’

The Toko­roa Forest­land Cy­cling Club mem­ber fin­ished the 150km race in a record 3hrs37min40secs which carved three min­utes off the pre­vi­ous best, set by Ar­ron Shel­drake last year.

Kuys­ten took up cy­cling when he was 11 and worked his way through the ju­nior ranks. He was men­tored by the likes of Wheeler mem­bers Ian Brown and his own fa­ther Ed­die. ‘‘It’s a re­ally good club here in Tok.’’ He of­ten re­turns to the dis­trict to visit fam­ily and ride with club mem­bers. Kuys­ten can rack up a to­tal of 200km a week on the bike. How­ever he was not up to the full-time work of an ath­lete when he hit his late teens.

‘‘It [cy­cling] was my life un­til I got a li­cence and women came into my life.’’

De­spite the high of win­ning, he said he con­tin­ued with the sport to keep fit and ride with friends. Kuys­ten’s next event will be the ASB Tour of Welling­ton where he will ride from Welling­ton to Auck­land in a cor­po­rate team on Fe­bru­ary 15.

SURF Touch

Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 5

Round 1, 6.00pm F1 Kaiv­iti v Just 4 fun (Bu­lalas); F2 Lo­cal as v Crazy horses (MIA); F3 Hy­droz v 509 (Mez­gals); F4 Bang­ing v Ven­ture (Whanau); F5 X-Fac­tor v Forest­land (Raz­za­matazz); F6 Lil karz v Bee­bops (Mooloos); F7 Un­knowns v Chuchies (Who nos); F8 Ped­er­sen v Rusties (In­tense gamers); F9 Orb sports v Carters (Step n up); F10 Touch of class v ETNT (Spirit-D);

Round 2, 6.45pm F1 Mot­ley crew v Bu­lalas (Kaiv­iti); F2 Soles v MIA (Lo­cal as); F3 Hit em up v Mez­gals (Hy­droz); F4 Da ud­das v Whanau (Bang­ing); F5 Sting v Raz­za­matazz (X-Fac­tor); F6 Jedi v Mooloos (Lil karz); F7 Spirit-D v Who nos (Un­knowns); F8 Step n up v In­tense gamers (Ped­er­sen); F9 Tok SDA v Exu­sia (Orb sports)

Pu­taruru Touch Draw

Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 5 2015

Round 1 6.00pm Field 1 U Know An­i­mals vs Ara­puni Eels; Field 2 War­riors vs Da Busi­ness; Field 3 Win­ter­hawks vs Col­lege;

Round 2 6.45pm Field 1 Bare­back­ers vs doy­oure­al­ly­wan­na­tou­chit; ; Field 2 Twisted vs Kiwi Lum­ber; Field 3 St Pats vs All Sortz

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