Huge achieve­ment for cy­clist

Bush Telegraph - - Entertainment & Dining - By STEVE CARLE´

Lo­cal cy­clist Madi Hart­leyBrown from Pahiatua com­peted at the Elite Men’s New Zealand Na­tion­als on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6 and was one of only three U23 rid­ers to fin­ish.

There were around 80 rid­ers in the pele­ton with only 25 manag­ing to fin­ish, which in­cluded Madi.

“That’s a pretty huge achieve­ment,” said Kevin Laskey of Laskeys Cy­cles in Pahiatua.

“They did a big cir­cuit, then eight times around a small cir­cuit. When the lead­ers passed the next group, that group had to pull out. To not get lapped-out at his age is a very, very good re­sult,” he said.

Laskey had coached Hart­leyBrown in the past but he has stepped up a grade. He has left school and is try­ing to go pro­fes­sional as a cy­clist. He is un­der pro­fes­sional coach Steve Sta­nard who has a cou­ple of World Tour cy­clists to his credit.

Hart­ley-Brown holds a cou­ple of na­tional ti­tles he won un­der the coach­ing of Laskey.

On Jan­uary 5 at the na­tion­als cir­cuit at Napier Fer­gus Lloyd, a U17 rider from Palmer­ston North, rode the Tineli Grand Fondo. He has been coached by Laskey for nearly a year.

“He is mak­ing steady progress, im­prov­ing at this stage, with goals be­ing set this year — it will be his sec­ond year in U17,” he said.

Laskey gives men­tor­ing and train­ing ad­vice to achieve con­sis­tency, bal­ance, nu­tri­tion and sup­port with some el­e­ment of fun.

“Teenage boys don’t lis­ten to their par­ents, so hav­ing some­one like me guid­ing them as more of a friend is ac­tu­ally quite good for them. It’s quite ben­e­fi­cial long term, with some­one com­pletely dif­fer­ent in­flu­enc­ing their lives.

“I’ve been there and done it. I’m try­ing to help them learn quicker. We didn’t have cy­clists in this area 20 years ago, so ev­ery­thing I did I had to work out for my­self — food, nu­tri­tion. It took me seven years of rac­ing hard to fig­ure out how to be con­sis­tent — with my diet, train­ing, life­style and week­ends.

“When you wanted to be good at an event, you had to rule out all those in­con­sis­ten­cies in your life to know that you were go­ing to per­form on that week­end.”

From left: Madi Hart­ley-Brown, Pahiatua, was first in the 100km race — House of Travel Tour of Bay 2018.

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