Top Kiwi cyclist Hayden Roulston, fresh from winning the gruelling Tour of Southland, is relaxing in Queenstown – by mountain biking.
The Olympic silver and bronze medallist who rides professionally in Europe arrived in the resort on Thursday morning.
He didn’t waste any time getting amongst it – that afternoon Roulston and his New Zealand manager John McKenzie headed to Bob’s Peak for some downhill mountain biking.
Tagging along was Mountain Scene photographer James Allan – himself a mountain bike nut – who says he’s never seen anyone ride up the track as quick as super-fit Roulston. |
“He just ate it – he did it in about 16 minutes which is amazing,” Allan says.
McKenzie says Roulston would have been “just cruising”.
“He wasn’t even trying. But I still arrived about four minutes later,” McKenzie says.
Not only is Roulston mountain biking during his Queenstown break, he’s also squeezing in some running and checking out the resort’s restaurants by night.
“Just nothing to do with road cycling,” McKenzie says.
Roulston’s mother and young son Moses are also with him – the group depart on Sunday.
After his break, Roulston will be back training for the Tour of Santos in Adelaide come January. After that he’ll continue racing overseas before joining his European team HTC Columbia for the gutbusting Tour de France.