Bondy’s Blowout

Rio de Janeiro. BRAZIL. NZL M2- Bow Eric MURRAY and Hamish BOND 2016 Olympic Rowing Regatta. Lagoa Stadium, Copacabana, “Olympic Summer Games” Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Lagoa. Photo by Peter Spurrier.

Hamish Bond may be smaller in stature than during his Kiwi Pair days, but the rower-turned-cyclist is still capable of big results. How big? In early January, a noticeably leaner Bond pedaled his way to a convincing win in the men’s time trial at the New Zealand elite road cycling championships. The two-time Olympic pairs champion covered the 40-kilometer course a full minute-and-a-half ahead of Michael Vink, the next fastest finisher in the 15-person field. Even more impressive, Bond thinks he can go faster. “This is just a start,” he told the New Zealand website Stuff.