From Boat to Bike

By Ed Winchester

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.

Most athletes take the post-Olympic year off from competition to train at a more leisurely pace. Not Hamish Bond. The two-time Olympic champion and member of New Zealand’s vaunted Kiwi Pair is using his time away from the sport to try his hand in road cycling. And if the early results are any indication, the 31-year-old may be just as dominant on land as he is on water. At the Oceania Championships in March in Canberra, Bond finished an impressive third in the 41-kilometer time trial, just one minute behind defending champion and pro rider Sean Lake.