Want to know what Gordon McCauley's top tips are for cycling Tour de Ranges?
Check them out here..
Q: What would be your top 3 tips for those cycling in Tour de Ranges?
1: Don't go too hard too early. It's easy to get excited after Sky High climb and go balls out all the way to the coast, but the race really starts when you turn off the coast. The proper hills start then.
2: Hydrate, drink heaps. There might be a nice coastal breeze keeping you cool, but you'll still be sweating like mad.
3: Take it easy down Snake Hill, don't let ambition surpass your ability. If it's wet, it'll be super slippery. I've seen countless very experienced riders crash there, you can't set a PB if you are sitting on your ass in the middle of the road.
Q: What inspired you to cycle competitively?
A: Long story, but I was brought up by Foster parents in Dunedin. Their family (The Ralstons) have a strong cycling heritage so there were old cups and sashes on display in the house. I watched the Comm Games Road Race in 86 where Brian Fowler gained silver, shortly after that a note came around school asking for cyclists for an event, I put my hand up, did my first race and was hooked...that was 32 years ago (Jeez I'm old).
Q: What has been your proudest moment on your bike?
A: Easy, my Commonwealth Games bronze in the TT in Melbourne, I lived and trained like a Monk for 2 years for it, despite being reigning Road race and TT champ I wasn't even on the long list so I trained even harder. I won 52 races the year before in both NZ and Aussie and forced my way on to the team. I then proved I should be there with a medal. I'm pretty sure only myself, my wife (Pamela) and my Coach (Doug Bath) believed I could actually do it.
Q: Tell us about GMC coaching?
A: We aren't just a coaching company but also a full service boutique bike store based in Silverdale, but the short of it, we started in 2005 and coach athletes across road, Tri and MTB. All programs are personalized to the athlete, we don't do cut n paste templates, all our coach's not only have paper qualifications but are active racers also, we love what we do.
Check out Gordon's Chapter2 frame in the video below:
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